California and D.C. Among the Places With Highest Number of Psychopaths

Well, well, well, it looks like California is pretty high up there on the psychopath count. Whether that's surprising or not for you, it is definitely not surprising to see the number one spot holder is the District of Columbia, home of the politicians. 

The District of Columbia is measured to be far more psychopathic than any individual state in the country, according to a study from Southern Methodist University by Ryan Murphy

The study looks at trends across personality traits, with combined findings of two past papers that showed the distribution of the "big five" personality traits, neuroticism, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion, and openness to experience across states, and which of those personality traits corresponds with psychopathy. 

Of the states with a high number of psychopaths, occupations like journalists and lawyers were abundant. 

Murphy also found that a high population in a dense urban area led to a higher rate of psychopathy. In 2017, the U.S. Census Bureau data estimated the District of Columbia's population was around 693,972 residents in around 69 square miles. 

Contributing to the psychopath count, California has earned its place among the most lethal states associated with serial killings and holds the second place spot in the highest number of serial killing cases in the country at 128. 

West Virginia, Vermont and Tennessee are among the least psychopathic states according to the study. 

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