Half of folks living in Illinois and Connecticut would rather be coming home to an apartment or house located in some other state, according to a new Gallup poll. 50% and 49%, respectively. Following those two, Maryland, Nevada and Rhode Island also ranked as relatively less desirable places to reside.
In the poll conducted between June and December of last year, respondents were asked, "Regardless of whether you will move, if you had the opportunity, would you like to move to another state or would you rather remain in your current state?"
So who'd prefer to stay put? Those in Montana, Hawaii and Maine, with honorable mentions going to Oregon and New Hampshire.
Below: An old Montana postcard. Residents of Big Sky Country are relatively satisfied with their state, even prideful about it.
Can't make heads or tails of it - or more aptly for this site, Republican or Democrat? Neither can I. Both blue and red states are represented among the least and most desirable states to call home.
Place and Pride
Another recent poll, likewise by Gallup, asked respondents about their level of pride in their state. Not coincidentally, the results overlap somewhat with the stay-or-go-away survey detailed above. Montanans boast the most state pride, while those in Rhode Island apparently wouldn't be caught dead wearing an "I HEART R.I." shirt. Residents of Illinois and Mississippi have a similar take on their locales, thinking them far from the best places to make a life.
Also scoring high on statehood and self-esteem, Utah and Alaska. As USA Today notes, the "poll shows a correlation between positive attitudes and the state's location in a mountainous region with cold weather." Conversely, "the bottom ten states show a correlation between negative attitudes and a state's location east of the Mississippi River or bordering it."Via Gallup and USA Today.