Residents of Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland most Likely to Wish they could Move

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Owners of relocation companies and rental trucks looking for more business should open up shop in Illinois, Connecticut and Maryland. About half the residents of those three states wish they could move elsewhere, according to a Gallup poll.


Illinois led the list, with 50% of its residents wishing they were no longer in the Land of Lincoln. Connecticut followed at 49% and Maryland was third with 47%.


Where are people happiest? Hawaii (no surprise there), Montana and Maine, where only 23% of residents of each of those states say they’d rather be somewhere else. Oregon, New Hampshire and Texas followed closely at 24%.


The 50-state Gallup poll was conducted from June to December 2013, and included at least 600 representative interviews with residents aged 18 and older in each state.


When those polled were asked if they’re actually likely to move in the coming year, 20% of Nevadans said they’re likely to pull up stakes. Illinois was next at 19%. The primary reason given by those in both those states who said they would be likely to move was for business or work-related causes.


In contrast, only 8% of Mainers, Iowans and Vermonters said they were likely to move over the coming 12 months.

-Steve Straehley


To Learn More:

Half in Illinois and Connecticut Want to Move Elsewhere (by Lydia Saad, Gallup)

40% of Detroit Residents Want to Leave (by Matt Bewig, AllGov)


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