Friday, May 2, 2014

File Under: Stories I've LIVED.

Joseph in IL (ironically) sent this one in...

Half in Illinois and Connecticut Want to Move Elsewhere
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.
Here are the top ten states that people want to move out of, according to this survey (numbers in parentheses are the percentage of folks that would like to leave):
Illinois (50%)
Connecticut (49%)
Maryland (47%)
Nevada (43%)
Rhode Island (42%)
New Jersey (41%)
New York (41%)
Massachusetts (41%)
Louisiana (40%)
Mississippi (39%)
Now, I gotta call BS on MA being as far down as it is - I personally know probably a dozen folks who have bailed out of MA (INCLUDING ME) in the past 5+ years.

However, take a good look at that list. What do you notice? Seven out of ten have insane gun laws. In other words, people want to leave states that treat you like a child. Over-reaching nanny state BS is greeted by U-Haul exhaust. Who knew? LA and MS I would assume have to do with job availability and such. Or, perhaps, Ambulance Driver's reaction to spicy crawdads.

What's interesting is that on the flip side list - the states that folks want out of the least - the numbers are flipped. Only two states on the list of states people want to stay in are anti-gun: Hawaii and Colorado. I would imagine that geography plays a pretty big role in folks wanting to stay in those states - between Hawaii being pretty darn close to a tropical paradise, and Colorado having the majestic Rockies and killer skiing, there's plenty to keep folks happy there.

No surprise that folks want out of those other states, though...

That is all.


Garrett Lee said...

Of course MA would be as far down as it is - as you say, you know plenty of folks who have already left! The survey doesn't count them, does it?

Dave H said...

I'm a little surprised New York doesn't rank higher, but all I can figure is the drones inhabiting New York City like it for the bragging rights.

Crotalus said...

I'm surprised that the PDRK isn't in the top ten.

Anonymous said...

So, why didn't that study mention where these people wanted to move *to*?

Seems an odd omission.

Old NFO said...

No surprises there at ALL!!! Nope...

Murphy's Law said...

The problem is that many who want to move are the same ones who voted for all of the big-government, high-tax over-regulation in those places, and then when they move to better places, they bring that crap with them and infect their new host states. Just ask the Coloradans and the Alaskans.