Gallup poll shows which states residents are most willing to stay in

May 1st, 2014

Montana has the fewest residents willing to move to another stay, according to a Gallup poll.

When choosing a location for a home purchase, homebuyers typically hope their new property is somewhere they’d be willing to live for years, even if they plan to move in the near future.

A recent Gallup poll can lend some perspective to buyers who want to know whether a certain state will be to their liking. The survey asked roughly 600 adults in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia whether they would move to another state if they could, regardless of whether they actually could move. The 10 states with the lowest number of respondents willing to jump ship is as follows:

  • Montana (23 percent)
  • Hawaii (23 percent)
  • Maine (23 percent)
  • Oregon (24 percent)
  • New Hampshire (24 percent)
  • Texas (24 percent)
  • Colorado (25 percent)
  • Minnesota (25 percent)
  • South Dakota (26 percent)
  • Wyoming (27 percent)

On average, 36 percent of residents in the U.S. would move to another state. Seventeen states were below the average, and 17 were above. The remaining 16 were at or near the average. In regard to the states with residents having the highest desire to leave, the top 10 were:

  • Illinois (50 percent)
  • Connecticut (49 percent)
  • Maryland (47 percent)
  • Nevada (43 percent)
  • Rhode Island (42 percent)
  • New Jersey (41 percent)
  • New York (41 percent)
  • Massachusetts (41 percent)
  • Louisiana (40 percent)
  • Mississippi (39 percent)

Maine has fewest residents planning to move soon
In addition to noting which states had the highest percentage of respondents who overall want to move to a new state, Gallup asked whether those who would be willing to relocate would do so within the next 12 months. Maine, Iowa and Vermont had the smallest proportion of respondents who would seek out greener pastures within a year, at only 8 percent. Minnesota, West Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania and Indiana all came in at 9 percent, and Kentucky and North Dakota had 10 percent.

On the opposite end of the list, Nevada had the largest proportion of respondents who wanted to move in a year, at 20 percent. The Silver State was followed by Illinois and Arizona (19 percent); Maryland, Louisiana, Idaho and South Carolina (17 percent); and Mississippi, New York, Connecticut and North Carolina (16 percent).

Although Illinois was at the bottom of both lists, the U.S. Census Bureau reported an increase in the state’s population between 2012 and 2013, rising from about 12.87 million to 12.88 million. Gallup noted that growing populations usually indicate more commerce and economic activity.