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States People Want to Leave and Stay In

By Eric Zerkel
Published: May 7, 2014

Tired of year after year of frigid winter? Or maybe you loathe sweating through your clothes every summer. Whatever the reason, if you could move to another state, would you?

That's exactly what a new Gallup poll set out to find, and the results are somewhat shocking. From June 2013 to December 2013 Gallup asked residents from all 50 states whether or not they'd like to move from their current state. On average, 33 percent of Americans would leave their state if given the opportunity, but there were some outliers.

Surprisingly, half of those polled in Illinois said they would like to move, the highest such total from the survey. Checking in at number two was Connecticut, with 49 percent of all residents polled saying they'd like to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

On the flip side, residents of Montana, Hawaii and Maine were the least likely to want to flee their states if given the chance. Just 23 percent of residents from those respective states would want to move if afforded the chance.

According to Gallup, economic factors played the biggest role in influencing the move elsewhere, but weather influenced the decisions of 11 percent of those polled.

To see the 20 states with residents most and least likely to flee, click through the slideshow above.

 

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