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Old 02-19-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Then it isn't IQ! When you consider the range of normal human IQ scores, this is actually a pretty tight grouping of the max and min average values. What does this tell us? That the average American is of pretty average IQ across the entire country....duh... Useless as a box of burned out lightbulbs, this is.

BTW...not meaning your post was useless jluke..but the data as it's presented on the referenced site.
I never stated it was about IQ, I was just informing people how they came up with the results since not everyone reads.
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Old 02-20-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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It looks pretty accurate to me. Among whites, MA has the highest IQs, WV the lowest. There is a bump for TX, as you would expect given their large number of Germans vs the rest of the South. NV attracts a lot of poorer people looking for jobs. CO attracts a lot of old yuppies. The Upper Midwest is heavily German and Scandinavian. Affluent federal workers live in VA. There are a lot of smart people in the NY metro area.

SC was the surprise. I'm considering moving to SC or Eastern TN but TN ranks quite low. Tho Northerners are pouring into East TN at a pretty good rate.

Many Eyes: Estimated white IQ by state (US)

Edit. I just had a thought or two. SC has nuclear facilities and quite a few European companies. Charlotte, which spills over into SC, has always been a rather Northern city. Then there is Charleston, which is a unique city and has attracted people from all over for a long time. But then, TN has nuclear facilities too. Oh well.

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Old 02-20-2009, 10:50 AM
 
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The estimates were produced by taking the regression equations produced by running the numbers in the data table put together by Professor Richard Lynn. He correlates IQ scores with international math and science test scores (pp 173-175) and then adjusting the nominal test score values (by running an IQ of 98 through the regression equation produced by Lynn's numbers) on the international tests to the NAEP math and science tests in the US, I gave it a shot domestically. From the process described above and by applying equal weight to the science and math test scores by state comes the rankings. There is nothing subjective about it.

Re: DC's low score, it is impossible not to mention race. I have used the exact same formula to estimate IQ by race and by state (please see here: [url=http://anepigone.blogspot.com/2006/11/iq-estimates.html]The Audacious Epigone: IQ estimates[/url]). The reason(s) behind the racial disparities are not something I claim to have any special knowledge of, however.

Tab,

Similarly, North Carolina's relatively high score is probably in part a result of the research triangle, home to lots of high tech research and three major universities.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:54 AM
 
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Re: the issue of English fluency, kids do not take the test until they have at least three years of English instruction. It's hard to imagine that there are math or science items that require more than that. Also, VCU's Professor McDaniels did a similar analysis after mine using reading instead of science scores. Are results correlate at .96--that is, they're nearly identical. So the language issue is very, very minor if it exists at all.
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Augusta GA
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Huh, where I moved from (NH) the IQ was 101, now where I live (GA) the IQ is 96.5
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:15 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Charlotte, which spills over into SC, has always been a rather Northern city.
Full of Northern transplants, yes. A "rather Northern city," no.
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:15 PM
 
Location: NC
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You know, for the most parts these scores are so close you are not going to ever tell a difference.

Also to the comments about high tech industries helping scores out, these were based of 8th grader scores if I read correctly. Unless they are becoming nuclear engineers or bioengineers early on in life these days, I don't think there is any correlation unless your point is by family genetics. I will concede that is a possibility as a theory.

Oh, and I like seeing Montana way up there still
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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Indiana's Average IQ is 98.7

My IQ is 142 so my IQ 43.3 points above the state average

The national average is 108 so my IQ is 34 points above the national average
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:41 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Yeah take it with a big grain of salt.
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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They spelled my state wrong! Oh the irony.
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