The States That People Want to Flee: Illinois, Connecticut

5.7.2014

By Neal Broverman

A new survey indicates weather may significantly affect people's happiness.

Do you live in Connecticut, Illinois, or Maryland and have a burning desire to get the hell out of dodge? If so, you're not alone.

A Gallup survey recently queried 600 individuals across 50 states and asked them, "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 of respondents in Illinois want to be somewhere else, while 49 percent of folks in Connecticut are also unhappy. Weather concerns could certainly be in play, especially when you consider much of New England fared poorly in the survey, as did Nevada, a state often hit with scorching temperatures. Humid — and conservative — Louisiana and Mississippi also ranked low.

Only 23 percent of respondents in Montana want to live elsewhere (big skies? stress-free days? bizarre state pride?), which also tied with America's paradise, Hawaii. A strange outlier was Maine, which is freezing for a good chunk of the year, but does have a beautiful coastline, proximity to Montreal, and a friendly populace. Oregonians are also content, what with all those trees and hipsters. Read more here.

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