Commenter JS was interested in how Canadian provinces ranked by IQ so I decided to look into this. In 2013, the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) test was administered to a sample of more than 32,000 Grade 8 students from across the country. Scores were given in reading, math, and science, but I decided to focus only on reading and math, since those are the basics, and resemble the familiar U.S. SAT scores so often used as proxies for IQ.
In researching the PCAP, I learned that each subscale was normed so that the distribution for all Canadians has a mean of 500 and a standard deviation of 100. However by 2013, the mean Canadian reading score had drifted up to 508 and the mean math score had drifted up to 507 (I assume the SDs had remained at 100). Assuming the correlation between reading and math scores is 0.67 (as it is for the SAT), I calculated that the composite score (reading + math) would have a mean of 1015 and a standard deviation of 182.76. For each province, I converted the reading, math, and composite score into a Z score relative to the distribution of all Canadians. These Z scores were then converted to IQs by multiplying by the IQ SD of Candians, and adding it to the mean Canadian IQ.
To determined the IQ mean and SD of Canadians, I noted that on a scale where the mean and SD for all Americans is set at 100 and 15 respectively, Canadians average 104.5 (SD = 13.4) and white Americans average 103.4 (SD = 14). But on a scale where the mean and SD of white Americans is set at 100 and 15 respectively, Canadians average 101 (SD = 14.36) and all Americans average 96.36 (SD = 16.07). The first scale is known as U.S. norms, while the second is known as U.S. white norms.
(u.s. white norms)
(u.s. white norms)
|prince edward island||99||99||99||103|
|newfoundland and labrador||99||98||98||102|
The vast majority of Canadian provinces average IQs below the U.S. white mean (100, U.S. white norms) However because high IQ provinces like Ontario and Quebec are the most populous, the average Canadian is smarter than the average white American, and is substantially smarter than the average of all Americans (96.35 U.S. white norms). Only one Canadian province (Manitoba) falls below the overall U.S. mean, though only by 1 point.
The 8 point IQ gap
With a mean IQ of 103 (U.S. white norms) it comes as no surprise that Canada’s smartest province is Ontario, since this province is home to both the nation’s capital (Ottawa) and its most populous city (Toronto).
While Canadians like to think of ourselves (correctly in my opinion) as a much less socially stratified country than the United States, there remains a shocking 8 point IQ gap between the mean IQ of Ontario (103, U.S. white norms) and Manitoba (95, U.S. white norms). It’s unclear if this gap is cultural or biological. The most obvious explanation is economic selection. The brightest folks migrate to the richest and most powerful province (Ontario), leaving the less intelligent behind in Manitoba.
Manitoba: The province Canada forgot
Unlike the skyscrapers and busy streets that adorn Ontario, Manitoba is full of dreary run down shacks cursed by terrifying Northern lights.
One can drive for hours in Manitoba and not see a single person. Sometimes the only thing scarier than not being able to find human life in Manitoba, is actually finding it:
Low IQ Manitobans who can not achieve wealth or status, will get pleasure from the simple things in life, like enjoying the Northern lights, or gazing at the sun rise.
While Manitoba is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, it is also a land of great poverty:
Manitoba is a land of great beauty and serenity. A place where you can turn off the noise of modernity and get in touch with your sense of awe and wonder.
And while it appears to be the least intelligent province in Canada, the average Manitoban is about as bright as the average American.
Well I guess I’m moving to Ontario once trump is president.
Stats indicate that for every Canadian who moves to America, there are 2 Americans moving to Canada, whether Trump becomes president or not.
Eric Dee said:
You fail to provide the claimed “stats” for such a bold claim. The only way that any research could come to that conclusion is if it considered the Viet Nam war era.
I was born in Canada ( Hull ) and left for Texas, currently residing in Colorado and I can say from experience that the standard of living, opportunity and weather options are far better here.
I was happy to see that Micheal Buble’ returned to BC but for the vast most part, the hockey players, the Justin Biebers, Celine Dion’s, Paul Anka’s, William Shatner’s, Wayne Gretzky’s and many others may provide a little insight as to where people go when provided the option.
I WON! YOU LOST! GET OVER IT! said:
SAT scores are NOT a proxy for IQ fucktard.
they are IQ scores.
so are all the self-described IQ tests.
the difference is that the self-described IQ tests are enormously INFERIOR measures.
Great post PP!
Higher IQ is also associated with cosmopolitanism. The variety of topics that we discussed here would be better received among random Canadians vs random Americans. The comparison is like a person with a PhD vs someone with a bachelors degree. Parochialism, which is more common among Americans than Canadians (who are better traveled), could be an indicator of lower IQs.
But the United States is more diverse! How could this be…
I don’t agree with that assessment at all. Have you visited a CBC comment section lately?
Perhaps ‘Canadians’ are more ‘cosmopolitian’, because the majority of Canadians are not Canadian?
According to the Stats Canada ‘demosim” from 2016-2017, the majority of Canadians will be immigrants before 2036.
Thus, it’s no surprise they hold views antithetical to Canadian nationalism.
The Philosopher said:
Less jewish control of the media.
Less extractor control of the food.
Less thrid world immigration (with the Chinese in Toronto probably pushing up Ontarios IQ score.)
I doubt the Chinese are pushing up the IQs of Ontario. British Columbia ranks 4th on the list and it’s an extension of East Asia.
Québec is only one point below Ontario, although PP could agree that the French Speaking province has a higher IQ.
Québec doesn’t have many East Asians, and they try to keep them out with high immigration fees and high taxes. Moreover, they are not known to speak another Western language besides English.
The majority of the East Asians in Québec are the Vietnamese, who were once colonized by France. They are also less economical successful than the wealthy Chinese, who flood Ontario and British Columbia in large numbers, where they hyper-inflate the real estate prices, to the resentment of Anglo Prole Canadians. This is a good and glaring example how Anglos destroy their own culture and domains, because of their lust for money, regardless of source.
NewSanto pie(c(e( and love))) said:
”Low IQ Manitobans who can not achieve wealth or status, will get pleasure from the simple things in life, like enjoying the Northern lights, or gazing at the sun rise.”
Or not, exactly like that.
”Manitoba is the only Canadian province with over fifty-five percent of its population located in a single city”
”According to the 2006 Canadian census, the largest ethnic group in Manitoba is English (22.9%), followed by German (19.1%), Scottish (18.5%), Ukrainian (14.7%), Irish (13.4%), North American Indian (10.6%), Polish (7.3%), Métis (6.4%), French (5.6%), Dutch (4.9%), and Russian (4.0%)”
”There is a significant indigenous community: aboriginals (including Métis) are Manitoba’s fastest-growing ethnic group, representing 13.6 percent of Manitoba’s population as of 2001 (some reserves refused to allow census-takers to enumerate their populations). There is a significant Franco-Manitoban minority (148,370) and a growing aboriginal population (192,865, including the Métis). Gimli, Manitoba is home to the largest Icelandic community outside of Iceland.”
Seems the three most important canadian cities: Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and the capital, Ottawa display higher IQ averages, usually 10 points above average (well, at least in nations like China).
”Less jewish control of the media.
Less extractor control of the food.
Less thrid world immigration (with the Chinese in Toronto probably pushing up Ontarios IQ score.)”
China is not first world country.
Less jewish control**
Winnipeg is the major urban area in Manitoba. Not too different from any American city, except it’s cleaner and safer, despite it being Canada’s dirtier and the most dangerous city.
Many Americans are so provincial, that they perceive Canada as a nation of insignificance or beneath them. Not taking the fact that Canada has a better quality of life. The only plus side of America is its mass consumption culture, which is shopaholics’ galore, and perhaps the only thing that defines America right now.
PP: What do you think about this?
Manitoba as a whole, may not be so smart, but perhaps Winnipeg is smart.
Winnipeg is probably the most intelligent city in Manitoba, but I doubt it’s as smart as Ottawa or Toronto.
Winnipeg is perhaps the only major urban area in Manitoba, and it’s the capital. And it’s a prairie city, where the residents are just as smart as the residents in the American Northeast. This being said, Canadians are smarter than Americans, because if Manitoba scores the lowest in all of Canada, but is just as smart as the highest in America, that tells you a lot.
By the way, most of your readers never talk about women. It turns out that Winnipeg is known for its pretty women in all of North America. I agree, because I’ve been there and I’ve known a few Canadian women from there. Maybe Montréal takes the #1 spot, but Winnipeg is up there with it.
What do you think ?
Mothers determine intelligence says latest research
Santo piece und lov said:
If it is predominantly to completely right
Health correlates with intelligence and may can be concluded that it’s causal in many scenarios.
Women are biologically healthier than men.
I’m trying connect this dots 😌
Mother genes to the intelligence is dominant than fathers gene to the intelligence.
Smart behavior tends to express some feminine behavioral trends just like: Higher empathy, social skills, better vocabulary, soft behavior, less impuslivity, less violence.
Thanks for tour answer
Santo piece und lov said:
For nothing 😄
Listen that I no have any certain about it. I already read I don’t know where that this idea is mot entirely correct, a scientific myth that was spread in the web just like that idea that creativity is in the right hemisphere.
The left/right brain is bullshit. Your brain uses all parts of itself no matter what. Your brain doesn’t use one part for one action and one part for another. That makes no sense and is pushed by psychologists.
Source: my neuroscientist friend
NewSanto pie(c(e( and love))) said:
Seems that right hemisphere = creativity is not absolutely wrong…
”no doubt”, it’s very simplistic, 😉
(just like IQ = intelligence)
but… still right in something.
Because language, humans tends to use more left hemisphere and avg human beings tends to be more lateralized in their mental activities…
but among highly creative people seems it’s necessary to use ”whole’ brain” to do certain mental tasks that neurotypical people usually use specially the left hemisphere, ”the brain side of language” (if i’m wrong).
It’s make some sense to me, even i’m quasi-illiterate in neuroscience, because if the right hemisphere is the visual hemisphere and to produce metaphors, for example, highly creative thinking type, we need ”think subconsciously in visual way”… other possibility (or not) is that because the central role of language in human (re)cognition, neurotypical people tends to more mentally biased, i mean, ”left hemisphere” monopolizing their atentions and give a minimally correct/logical interpretation of the reality, while a weaker monopoly of the ”brain side of language” make brain more free to think in unusual ideas.
Or not exactly like that…
Canada’s IQ is now down to 97 in a recent study. I wonder what changed in Canada’s demographics these past few years? Was this a consequence from the votes of roughly 39% of Canadians in 2015? Hmm, really makes you think. Also, how much of the previous years’ high IQ scores were from teachers giving the students the answers during testing time, to boost school board rankings? It happened to everyone I knew, not sure how wide-spread it was though. There are a lot of things the average Canadian, American or Westerner in general aren’t taught, but are significant to the world – we weren’t taught about Stalin or the Holodomor, for example. Besides, I find that the average American at least is more likely to question what they’re told. For example, roughly 70% of Americans don’t trust the media/question it. Not sure for the average Canadian, but they seem to question things less, even their state-run media. Canadians seem to have an odd blind trust in authority and “everything is all rainbows and unicorns” worldview that Americans don’t have. The average Canadian (or American) can’t rely on the anti-White anti-Christian Marxist BS that they were taught in school. Ultimately, despite IQ studies, people have to seek out answers from various non-mainstream sources (hearing all sides of a story), before making up their minds on something. Canadians shouldn’t let their bias against Americans get to their head -we’re certainly not perfect either. Open-mindedness and independent thinking should be encouraged, regardless of what is taught in schools.
What recent study? You can’t just say that, and not link it