Friday, November 03, 2006

White IQ estimates by state

Using the same methodology and NAEP data previously described, estimates for non-Hispanic whites by state follow (with non-public school adjustment first, and then without at the end of the post):

1. DC -- 107.4
2. Massachusetts -- 103.4
3. Minnesota -- 102.9
4. New Jersey -- 102.7
5. Colorado -- 102.6
6. Virginia -- 102.5
7. New York -- 102.3
8. Wisconsin -- 102.3
9. North Dakota -- 102.3
10. South Dakota -- 102.2
11. Conneticut -- 102.1
12. Montana -- 102.1
13. Kansas -- 102.1
14. Nebraska -- 102.1
15. Alaska -- 101.9
16. Delaware -- 101.9
17. Texas -- 101.9
18. Pennsylvania -- 101.7
19. South Carolina -- 101.6
20. Maryland -- 101.5
21. Ohio -- 101.5
22. Iowa -- 101.5
23. Illinois -- 101.4
24. Michigan -- 101.3
25. Vermont -- 101.3
26. New Hampshire -- 101.3
27. Washington -- 101.0
28. Missouri -- 100.8
29. Idaho -- 100.8
30. Wyoming -- 100.8
31. Oregon -- 100.7
32. North Carolina -- 100.6
33. Georgia -- 100.6
34. Arizona -- 100.5
35. Florida -- 100.1
36. Utah -- 100.1
37. Indiana -- 100.1
38. Maine -- 99.9
39. New Mexico -- 99.7
40. Rhode Island -- 99.7
41. California -- 99.7
42. Arkansas -- 99.5
43. Louisiana -- 99.3
44. Oklahoma -- 99.3
45. Kentucky -- 98.9
46. Tennessee -- 98.8
47. Mississippi -- 98.5
48. Alabama -- 98.5
49. Nevada -- 98.5
50. Hawaii -- 98.5
51. West Virginia -- 97.1

When discussing Tickle's state IQ averages, Steve wrote:

[DC's] small white ultra-yuppie population in the Northwest of DC is, I would guess, in a class by itself in average IQ compared to any full state.
I've been unable to find the percentage of DC's white population that attends non-public schooling, so the estimate above errantly assumes all of the District's white urchins go to public schools. In reality DC's white IQ might be as high as 108.

Unsuprising, for the most part. Very generally, white's do more stellar in the northeast and performance slides modestly as you head south and west. Chilly weather 'helps' as well. Why do Rhode Island, and more curiously Maine, perform poorly relative to states in close proximity? Texas and South Carolina, interestingly, both do well for southern states, and Colorado kicks butt for being so far west. Why do whites in Hawaii do almost as poorly as whites in the impoverished Appalachian state of West Virginia?

The blue/higher IQ relationship is more meaningful when only whites are considered, which is what many stuffy white leftists are actually trying to get at when they fallaciously clamor about things like the infamous IQ hoax. Of course when Hispanics and blacks are considered, it's certain that Republican voters have, on average, higher IQs than Democratic voters. But when whites are exclusively considered, that may not be the case, although presumably the affluent in both blue and red states tend toward voting Republican in greater proportions than denizens of the state do on the whole.

Without the non-public school adjustment:

1. DC -- 107.4
2. Massachusetts -- 103.3
3. Minnesota -- 102.8
4. New Jersey -- 102.5
5. Colorado -- 102.4
6. Virginia -- 102.3
7. North Dakota -- 102.2
8. New York -- 102.2
9. Wisconsin -- 102.1
9. South Dakota -- 102.1
11. Montana -- 102.1
12. Kansas -- 102.0
12. Nebraska -- 102.0
14. Conneticut -- 102.0
15. Alaska -- 101.8
16. Texas -- 101.6
17. Delaware -- 101.6
18. Pennsylvania -- 101.6
19. Ohio -- 101.4
20. Iowa -- 101.4
21. South Carolina -- 101.3
22. Maryland -- 101.3
23. Vermont -- 101.3
24. New Hampshire -- 101.3
25. Illinois -- 101.2
26. Michigan -- 101.2
27. Washington -- 101.0
28. Missouri -- 100.7
28. Idaho -- 100.7
28. Wyoming -- 100.7
31. Oregon -- 100.7
32. North Carolina -- 100.4
33. Georgia -- 100.4
34. Arizona -- 100.2
35. Utah -- 100.1
36. Indiana -- 100.0
37. Maine -- 99.9
38. Florida -- 99.8
39. Rhode Island -- 99.5
40. New Mexico -- 99.5
41. California -- 99.4
42. Arkansas -- 99.3
43. Oklahoma -- 99.0
44. Louisiana -- 99.0
45. Kentucky -- 98.9
46. Tennessee -- 98.7
47. Hawaii -- 98.4
48. Nevada -- 98.3
49. Alabama -- 98.3
50. Mississippi -- 98.2
51. West Virginia -- 97.0

(Human biodiversity2)

6 comments:

Steve Sailer said...

Thanks.

There is probably some regression toward the mean from adults to children, so the white adult IQ in DC is probably a little higher than that of the white schoolchildren.

al fin said...

In order to compare the IQ of Kerry voters with Bush voters, you need much more information than is available. Even knowing the IQ's of registered voters for each party will not tell you how the voters actually voted. Exit polling is subject to enormous error.

Given the strong connection of low-IQ groups with the Democratic party, as well as the labour union connection, I doubt that Kerry voters were brighter.

Even university professors, given the strong affirmative action and political correctness component of hiring--as opposed to meritocratic hiring--are not likely to be exceptionally bright across the disciplines.

JSBolton said...

California looks a little low; and if Asians were in the middle, would hispanic IQ's then be 90 in CA?
It looks like CA is down 7 or more points from what, proportions unchanged from the 1960's, would get on these tests. 102+ to 95-, for the state's total population
The economic effect of this awaits the recruitment of those young people into jobs; but the effect on colleges is imminent

crush41 said...

Al,

Right. Speculation on the average IQ of voters is just that. By racial category, I've little empirical to go on but I'd bet that among minorities as IQ increases so does the propensity to vote Republican. Among whites I'm not sure.

What is virtually certain is that Republican voters have, on average, higher IQs than Democratic voters, when race is not accounted for.

John,

What you bring up is very relevant--these estimates portend the future more accurately than the present. Nationally, whites are seven years older on average than blacks and 13 years older than Hispanics. So several states like California that are suffering disastrous demographic shifts still have a lot of brainpower in their working population. But the tide's coming in.

Anonymous said...

>chilly weather 'helps' as well.

Might lose those scare quotes. Louis L'Amour thought the longest-lived people all lived at higher elevations because various diseases never hit them, since a lot of bugs die when it's cold.

Anonymous said...

It's actually 'Connecticut'