It’s said that, like people, municipalities have their own unique personalities. If you think about each city you’ve visited, you probably have a specific view on what kind of culture exists and what kind of people inhabit it. Even if you think of cities you haven’t been to, only heard of, you can probably imagine the kind of vibe the city emits.
If you’ve taken a Myers-Briggs personality test, then you know you most likely fall into one of 16 categories: INTJ, INTP, ENTJ, ENTP, INFJ, INFP, ENJF, ENFP, ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTP, ISFP, ESTP, and ESFP. For those of you looking to move to a new place, it may be fun to see what kind of city fits your personality type.
INTJ – “The Architect”: Seattle, WA
Seattle is known for being a big city with the mentality of a much smaller, quieter one. Plenty of amenities, none of the flashiness or commotion. This is perfect for INTJs who prefer people watching and being around people, but also value their alone time.
INTP – “The Logician”: Boston, MA
For the curious and inventive, Boston offers a smart atmosphere (Harvard, MIT, and Tufts are all nearby) mixed with a funky vibe featuring street performers, interesting startups, and festivals. It’s perfect for those who are looking for like-minded intellectuals with a twist of fun.
ENTJ – “The Commander”: Washington, D.C.
For a natural-born leader like the ENTJ, Washington, D.C. is the place to be. This compact city is bustling with politics, history, and the arts. The National Mall — which is the heart of political protests, concerts, festivals, and presidential inaugurations — is sure to offer inspiration.
ENTP – “The Debater”: Chicago, IL
Chicago, which is considered one of the most important business centers in the world, is the perfect spot for an ENTP seeking a fun, challenging environment. The windy city offers a rich culture, professional sports teams, and many nightlife activities.
INFJ – “The Advocate”: Boulder, CO
For the imaginative, creative and sensitive INFJs, the calm but happy city of Boulder is a great place to settle. It’s been rated as one of the top 10 brainiest cities in the country, as well as a top city for artists.
INFP – “The Mediator”: Portland, OR
A true idealist like the INFP belongs in a place of self-discovery and quirkiness, making Portland the obvious choice. A powerhouse of music, arts, literature, and straight-up-weirdness, the City of Roses offers a friendly and environmentally-conscious counterculture.
ENFJ – “The Protagonist”: Los Angeles, CA
A natural-born performer and leader like the ENJF will thrive in a place like Los Angeles. The cultural, financial, and commercial center of Southern California provides a “Creative Capital of the World” for the passionate and charismatic.
ENFP – “The Campaigner”: Annapolis, MD
For the independent and compassionate ENFP, Annapolis is a great place to call home. This small but wholesome Maryland capital offers plenty of open park space as well as a rich history and culture for a true free spirit.
ISTJ – “The Logistician”: Philadelphia, PA
A practical and dedicated ISTJ belongs in a space such as Philadelphia due to its vibrant historical and artsy neighborhoods. In addition, Philadelphia is the center of economic activity in Pennsylvania and is home to seven Fortune 1000 companies.
ISFJ – “The Defender”: Baltimore, MD
An altruistic and loving ISFJ belongs in Baltimore, home to Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins University, which are the city’s top two employers. Historically a working-class port town, Baltimore has sometimes been dubbed a “city of neighborhoods,” with 72 designated historic districts.
ESTJ – “The Executive”: Albuquerque, NM
For the traditionalists, the small but spirited city of Albuquerque offers natural beauty and southwestern arts. Albuquerque is home to more than the Native American, Hispanic, Latino and Anglo cultures for which New Mexico is well known, such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a yearly festival of hot air balloons.
ESFJ – “The Consul”: Austin, TX
Austin offers a very personable and social environment for supportive and outgoing ESFJs. The inhabitants of Austin include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech workers, and blue-collar workers, as well as a vibrant LGBT community.
ISTP – “The Virtuoso”: Missoula, MT
For the ISTP who dares to be spontaneous and different, the cultural center of Montana is the place to go. Missoula inhabits an eclectic mix of loggers, hippies, college students, sports fans, and retirees, and offers festivals, markets, and outdoor adventures.
ISFP – “The Adventurer”: New Orleans, LA
ISFPs looking to push social norms should look no further than unique, cheeky New Orleans. From the French Quarter to St. Charles Avenue, residents of New Orleans sure love to have fun. Seeking adventure is easy in this city, as it’s chock-full of parades and celebrations.
ESTP – “The Entrepreneur”: New York, NY
For the witty and energetic ESTPs, NYC is the ultimate location. A global power city, the most populous city in the U.S. exerts a significant impact on commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.
ESFP – “The Entertainer”: Nashville, TN
ESFPs seeking a vibrant music and entertainment scene spanning a variety of genres should look no further than Nashville. Because ESFPs get caught up in the excitement of the moment and want everyone else to feel that way, too, the Music City — which offers a center for healthcare, publishing, banking and transportation industries, as well as numerous colleges and universities — is perfect.