Shakespeare once proclaimed that brevity is the soul of wit, but new data suggest your chattiness may have more to do with your hometown. By analyzing more than 4 million consumer phone calls placed over 2 years, the analytics firm Marchex was able to break down which of the 50 states is chattiest, fastest talking, and most impatient. The states least tolerant of being put on hold (those where residents hung up the soonest) were mostly from the Upper Midwest and the Eastern seaboard; states in the Southeast were the most patient with the tedious waits. Predictably, northern states—especially those in the Pacific Northwest and New England—talked faster (as measured by words per minute) than their drawling southern counterparts, as seen in the map above. Just how fast? Those northern states were able to pack in six words for every five that the southern states uttered. However, speed of speech had no impact on how much a person said: People from the south tended to gab on the phone longer and use more words to make their point. (Unsurprisingly, New Yorkers were members of this ultrachatty category, as well).