The Most, Least Talkative States

If a New Yorker calls an Iowan, it might be lopsided
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 8, 2016 12:39 PM CST

(Newser) – It may not be a huge surprise that New York is ranked No. 1 in a list of the most talkative states, but any guesses on the least talkative? The distinction goes to Iowa, according to analytics firm Marchex. It arrived at this conclusion by analyzing 4 million phone calls between consumers and businesses from 2013 to 2015—those of the "this call might be recorded" variety, notes the Atlantic. Some highlights:

  • Most talkative: New York, California, New Jersey, Nevada, and Maryland
  • Least talkative: Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Oklahoma

  • Fastest talkers: Oregon, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Iowa
  • Slowest talkers: Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Alabama, and North Carolina
  • Most impatient: (those most likely to hang up when placed on hold) Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, New York, and West Virginia
  • Most patient: Minnesota, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, and Louisiana
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