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PRINCETON, NJ — Every state has at least some residents who are looking for greener pastures, but nowhere is the desire to move more prevalent than in Illinois and Connecticut. In both of these states, about half of residents say that if given the chance to move to a different state, they would like to do so. Maryland is a close third, at 47%. By contrast, in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine, just 23% say they would like to relocate. Nearly as few — 24% — feel this way in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Texas.

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These findings are from a 50-state Gallup poll, conducted June-December 2013, which includes at least 600 representative interviews with residents aged 18 and older in each state. Gallup measured residents’ interest in moving out of state by asking, “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?”

Coloradans, when polled were typically complacent. Possibly a combination of the lack of oxygen, and legal dope.



  1. bobbo, the pragmatic existential evangelical anti-theist and junior culture critic says:

    Thats a fun poll

    but really it BEGS the question of: why?

    On the plus side could be the joy of peregrination. On the minus side could be crime or lack of jobs.

    Facts alone are almost never all that interesting. Its the follow up questions that are paramount.

    Pros and Cons to all we do.

    • Egon Ruuda says:

      I think many people have idealized images in their minds of a few particular states that also paints what they think of their home state. Some may be attributed to the media image but perhaps not as much as many would like to think. Country folk tend to dream of inland states like Montana (But high costs and distances deters ofcourse) or perhaps Texas, whilst people that prefer cities tend to go to the coastal areas. The factors are almost as many as there are people willing to move, but as you said: Facts alone are indeed not that interesting unless perspective and follow up is thorough.

  2. pedro says:

    Bobbo should work answering polls like this one. I’ll be a perfect outlet for his manic phase by being as wishy washy as he is

  3. Mile-High YourSELF says:

    Yes! Marajuana is legal here in Colorado. And it’s a booming industry that even the right-leaning obstructionists are now warming up to too — probably because of all the wonderful TAXES it now brings in.

    Our pot industry even seems to be helping people with actual medical problems. But you won’t likely hear about it from any of your main stream press when someone is virtually cured of epilepsy or helped with something like autism. All you’ll likely hear about are the sensational stories of how stupid people are blowing shit up while trying to distill hash oil (a product made from pot) or the occasional idiot who jumped to his/her death after stupidly eating pot-infused food. And yes, this is a problem.

    Even so, Colorado is now a refuge to anyone wanting to live free of certain diseases. Diseases that might have been relegated to history had it not been previously outlawed by certain Washington D.C. power elite and nothing more to go on than an urban myth. It’s also nice to know that you can once again do something stupid to yourself other than simply getting drunk and not have to worry about going to jail for the next 20 years too. That is, unless you hurt someone.

    Hell! We had to legalize it. Can you imagine all the bad press Colorado would have got with another Aurora movie theater massacre? Or another Columbine?! We learned a valuable lesson there — we WANT these dopes to be as high as PLUTO and hopefully over-dose so they don’t do these horrible things to other people. Quite frankly, the dopes who “self medicate” are really quite mean and nasty when they’re forced to be sober.

    And if it helps, Colorado politics are now Democrat controlled and mainly based in Denver which, in turn, gets to dictate to the rest of the state — just like a mini Washington! In other words, Colorado is the FUTURE!

    BTW, not only is our governor named “Hickenlooper” but there’s also a real guy named “Charlie Brown” who also has some real political power (though, he is a bit of a pompous ass which probably means you’ll see him run for President some day).

    So who doesn’t want to live here? It’s surreal! Moreover, who wants to friggin LEAVE?!!! Even without the pot, Colorado is a State with one of the “highest” percentages of College graduates, has more sunny days that FLORIDA! and whose residents are mostly healthy and NOT FAT! We even have a mini Hollywood in Aspen! So why live anywhere else? Unless you just like sea shores or oceans, I see no reason to go anywhere else. The pot is just icing on the cake especially if you live in hippy-ville Boulder and attend our famous “Cannabis U”!

    • Mile-High YourSELF says:

      … And as far as a lack of oxygen goes. Seems to me that anyone needing oxygen exists mostly at or near sea level.

      Just for starters, take a wild guess what altitude Washington D.C. is at. Now guess what elevation the entire state of Florida is at. Helloooo… “Wacky” old FLORIDA! How about New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco or even Chicago ILLINOIS?!!! Go ahead, guess.

      And if you think Toronto is up there… I may have to concede that one since they do have crazy ass Rob Ford to deal with.

  4. Uncle Patso says:

    Where is that map from? I’d like to be able to read all the descriptions!