Monday, November 06, 2006

Hispanic IQ estimates by state

Same methodology used for previous estimates to estimate average Hispanic IQ by state:

1. Missouri -- 100.0
2. Wyoming -- 95.9
3. Virginia -- 95.7
4. Alaska -- 95.1
5. Ohio -- 94.8
6. Nebraska -- 94.8
7. Delaware -- 94.6
8. Arkansas -- 94.4
9. Pennsylvania -- 94.2
10. Kansas -- 94.0
11. Texas -- 94.0
12. Wisconsin -- 93.7
12. Massachusetts -- 93.7
14. New Jersey -- 93.6
15. Iowa -- 93.6
16. South Carolina -- 93.6
17. North Carolina -- 93.6
17. Michigan -- 93.6
19. Minnesota -- 93.5
20. Colorado -- 93.4
21. Florida -- 93.4
22. Maryland -- 93.3
23. New York -- 93.2
24. Illinois -- 93.2
25. Indiana -- 93.0
25. Idaho -- 93.0
27. Oklahoma -- 92.8
28. Hawaii -- 92.6
29. Washington -- 92.5
30. Oregon -- 92.2
31. Utah -- 92.2
32. New Mexico -- 92.0
33. Geogria -- 92.0
34. Arizona -- 91.4
35. DC -- 91.3
36. Nevada -- 90.8
37. Conneticut -- 90.8
38. California -- 90.7
39. Rhode Island -- 88.4

Yes, according to the NAEP's published results, that Missouri score is correct. It may be a statistical fluke or the result of a relatively high number of less endowed Hispanics being exempt from testing for whatever reason--made plausible as explanations by the fact that less than 3% of the state's student body is Hispanic.

I colored the states to correspond with the 2004 Presidential election to illustrate a curiosity--red state Hispanics do noticeably better than Hispanics from blue states. Indeed, Hispanic scores in Bush states are a little more than 1.1 IQ points higher than Hispanic scores in Kerry states. For whites, blacks, and Asians, the average Kerry state score bests the average Bush state score by 1.1, .4, and .2 IQ points, respectively.

It may also be that the Show Me state's diminutive Hispanic population is relatively talented. The size of a state's test-taking Hispanic population inversely correlates, at a statistically significant .41, pretty well with its estimated average IQ. A good thing for our Hispanics is for them to be removed from lots of other Hispanics. This further evinces the Latin world's low intellectual curiosity even relative to its IQ, and reinforces the need for at least a hiatus in immigration to assimilate those already here, as well as suggesting that the children of Hispanic parents in the US stand to suffer from continued underclass immigration from Latin America.

I suspect to some extent the least skilled Hispanics are more likely to flock to high cost-of-living centers where there are plenty of menial servant jobs to be performed and lots of other Hispanics to work, live, and collect benefits with, while more industrious Hispanics go it alone (or have lived for some time) in the belly of the white middle class beast.

Too bad Hispanics aren't broken up into sub-categories. The Hispanic state spread is nearly 12 points (almost a full standard deviation) compared to just over a six point spread between the highest and lowest scoring states for blacks and whites (excluding the DC 'anomaly' for whites). So the average Hispanic from Missouri is at the 55th percentile nationally, while the average Rhode Island Hispanic is at only the 18th percentile (a 37 point spread). Comparatively, the white spread ranges from the 64th percentile in Massachusetts to the 47th percentile in West Virginia (17 point spread), and the black spread ranges from the 41st percentile in Washington to the 25th percentile in Alabama (16 percentile spread) (see and improve upon my speculating as to why black scores are higher relative to white scores than has historically been the case).

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nzconservative said...

Where are these IQ figures collected from?

What types of agencies still collects IQ information.

I was looking for IQ information on different ethnic groups in New Zealand and it appears that nothing much has been published since the mid 1960s.

crush41 said...


These are IQ estimates based on NAEP testing data (the federal standardized testing assessment in the US), gleaned by taking the regression equations produced by running the numbers in the data table put together by Richard Lynn in Race Differences in Intelligence where 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.

The results correlate at over .96 with a Virginia Commonwealth University Professor of Business, who used a similar methodology.

Despite the strong and all-pervasive predictive power of IQ testing, Griggs v Duke Power effectively killed employer-based IQ testing in the US. It saddens me to here that New Zealand suffers from the same anti-merit strand.

JSBolton said...

The clumping of the state averages around modal figures like 93.6 suggests a natural causal factor, rather than an artificial randomizing one.
Randomizing effects would come from different jurisdictions using artificial policies on their own instigation, to skew results.

JSBolton said...

Here's a new study quoted at Dienekes Nov. 6, 2006: "...admixture model. Based on this analysis, the average AC in our samples is 58.96% European, 10.03% African and 31.05% Asian. Sonora shows the highest European contribution (70.63%) and Guerrero the lowest (51.98%)..."

Steve Sailer said...

In Richard Lynn's latest book, IQ studies of Maori average intelligence have improved from the 80s into 90s over the decades.

This is the clearest example of rising relative IQs among any group in the book, but I don't know what causes it. One skeptical suggestion was that mixed race people have been redefining themselves from white to Maori to get affirmative action benefits.

I believe whites in New Zealand score around 100, same as whites in England, Australia, and America.

nzconservative said...

Thanks, that's very helpful.

Regarding rising Maori IQs, I would suspect that the main factors at work would be -

1. More people identifying themselves as Maori

2. Interbreeding

3. Maori migration to the cities from the 1950s to 1970s, resulting in a greater need for literacy/numeracy.

There are also around 50,000 Maori living in Australia, and apparently there is some research underway on their social and economic which should make interesting reading when it comes out.

crush41 said...

NZ and Steve,

Are we aware of the rates of interracial marriage and procreation among European Kiwis and native Maoris?


AC = ?

nz conservative said...

Rates of intermarriage have increased considerably since the 1960s, although I don't where you would get figures on this - I might look into it if I get some time.

Prior to the early 1960s, there was little intermarriage between whites and Maori for social and geographic reasons.

Only in the late 1960s did it become socially acceptable for white middle class men and women to marry Maori.

Prior to this time it was only considered acceptable for working class white males, with limited prospects, to be involved in interracial marriages.

Latino Pundit said...

How do we fix it? What plans do you have for the education system?

Latino Pundit said...

If there was a test to measure spirituality Hispanics would score higher and I would imagine blacks would score even higher.

Audacious Epigone said...

Latino Pundit,

Yes, religiosity in Central and South America is higher than in the US. Same with sub-Saharan Africa. American blacks regularly attend church at higher rates than other groups, but among whites and Hispanics, there is parity.

One trend that does stand out is that as wealth increases, church attendance declines for blacks and Hispanics, but for whites that not so clearly the case.

As for what to do--get control of the borders. Institute a merit immigration system that brings in sharp, industrious Hispanics--that's the quickest way to bolster the Hispanic average in the US.

Globally, it's tougher. Basic nutritional needs are crucial, and more market forces in education (via video lectures, vouchers, and the like) will help somewhat. Short of that, I think we're looking at voluntary eugenic solutions, especially on the positive side, as the best way to go. It will have the added benefit of reducing the wealth gap, and a host of other social pathologies as well.

Steve Sailer said...

St. Louis has always had a tiny, prosperous Latin American upper middle class who came up the river from the Caribbean. A Latino was mayor of St. Louis back in the 1960s.