The fastest and slowest talkers in the country both live in the Midwest — one of them lives in Illinois, studies show


Is there anything special about the way people in the Midwest speak? The Wisconsin accent, the Minnesota intonation, people outside the Chicago area seem to know you’re from Chicago without even asking.

According to a survey of the fastest and slowest people in the country, there’s clearly another layer.

“To identify cities, states, and regions in the United States, we used data from two national surveys based on YouTube videos and call recordings to identify the fastest and slowest speakers. Analyzed.” Preply, an online language learning platform, wrote in its findings. “We then ranked the average speaking rate of Americans in 114 cities and all 50 of her states.”

The survey results put the Midwest at the top of the list at both ends of the spectrum.

Portland, Oregon, took the crown for U.S. cities with the fastest average speech rate at 5.38 syllables per second, while the fastest-speaking state was Minnesota with a drum roll at 5.34 syllables per second.

“Interestingly enough, the US regions that appear most frequently in the 10 fastest-speaking states are: Midwest, including Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska,” wrote Preply. America’s central Midwestern states aren’t often typecast as linguistic speedsters. However, the data clearly point to a different reality. It seems that this area should be known for more than just agriculture and industry. “

So how did Illinois get to the slow end of research?

According to Preply, the city with the slowest average speech rate in the United States is right here in Illinois. It was Peoria, Illinois, that rang out at 4.71 syllables per second.

Joliet also entered the list of the least-talking states, making Illinois the only Midwestern state in the top 10 of the least-talking states.

“The only other region to remain ranked as the slowest-speaking region in the United States is the Midwest, represented by two Illinois towns (namely, Peoria and Joliet). “Obviously residents of these areas are paying attention to the high-speed speeches of their Midwestern neighbors,” Preply said.

By the way, according to this study, the “fast-talking New Yorker” may be a metaphor.

“New Yorkers are often categorized as motormouths who speak at lightning speed, but research suggests otherwise. , is known to speak the most.”

The most talked about state went to New York.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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