Today in “People in Illinois want you to know how much they hate Illinois,” we bring you this new map showing which states have the most residents who want to move out of that state:
Half of Illinois residents say that if given the chance, they would like to move to another state. Connecticut (49 percent) and Maryland (47 percent) were close behind on the list of states where residents would leave if they could, with all three of those states essentially evenly divided between people who would stay and people who would leave.
Meanwhile, Montana, Hawaii and Maine had the lowest percentage of residents who said they would move (23 percent), just edging out the satisfied residents of Oregon, New Hampshire and Texas (24 percent).
And residents in Illinois are also among the likeliest to actually move, as Niraj Chokshi notes at GovBeat. (Nevada tops that list with 20 percent of residents saying they are at least somewhat likely to move, trailed by Illinois and Nevada at 19 percent.) Residents in Maine, Iowa and Vermont were the least likely to relocate (just 8 percent of residents in those three locations said they were planning a move).
Last week, we told you about a different Gallup poll showing that many people who live in Illinois say it is the worst place to live. Is Illinois that terrible? Sure, the weather is a never-ending nightmare (it’s May, and I’d believe you if you told me five inches of snow just fell on Urbana). But the weather is actually not the top reason people who are going to leave Illinois offer to explain their planned moves:
Work tends to be the top factor in almost all of these states. But the weather is a bigger factor in Illinois than it is for any of the other states on that list.