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The fastest talkers in the United States are from Oregon, according to a new analysis by the firm Marchex.

In a state-by-state breakdown which studied speech speed, density and patience, the firm found that northern states tended to speak faster, say more words and grow impatient quicker than southern states. However, some, like Florida, stood out as outliers.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Derek Thompson of The Atlantic for a breakdown.

The fastest talkers by state:

1) Oregon

2) Minnesota

3) Massachusetts

4) Kansas

5) Iowa

The slowest talkers by state:

1) Mississippi

2) Louisiana

3) South Carolina

4) Alabama

5) North Carolina


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