Fifty percent of Illinois residents say they would move out of state if they had the chance.
It’s a fact of life that not everybody gets to live where they want to live. In Illinois, that covers about half the population.
A Gallup survey of Americans from all 50 states asked the question “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?” Fifty percent, exactly half, of the respondents from Illinois said they would want to move.
At least Connecticut can claim it is not Illinois, although 49 percent of people from the Constitution State said they would move if they could.
Overall, 33 percent of Americans said they would move to another state if the opportunity presented itself.
The top five states with residents who would not mind picking up and leaving are Illinois (50 percent), Connecticut (49 percent), Maryland (47 percent), Nevada (43 percent) and Rhode Island (42 percent). The rest of the top 10 are New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Mississippi.
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On the other end of the scale, Only 23 percent of people living in Montana, Maine and Hawaii say they would move out if they could, putting those three very different states from very different regions of the country at the top of the satisfaction list. The rest of the top 10 from the “happy to be where they are at” part of the list are Oregon, New Hampshire, Texas, Colorado, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming.
The Gallup poll also asked whether residents are actually planning to move, and 20 percent of residents in Nevada said it is at least somewhat likely they would move out of state. Illinois and Arizona have 19 percent of residents with plans to skip the state.
Only 8 percent of residents in Maine, Iowa and Vermont have some thought about moving, the lowest percentage in the poll.
The top reason for wanting to move was business reasons, with 31 percent of those indicating they might move saying that was the purpose for their move.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.