Half of Illinois Wants to Leave the State, Missourians Mostly Stay Put: Gallup

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People are a lot less happy with their home state just across the river.
Half of Illinoisans and a third of Missourians want to move to a different state.

A recent Gallup poll asked Americans if they want to leave their home state. On average, 33 percent of people said they wanted to leave while 65 percent of people said they'd stay put.
Missouri came in just above average: 34 percent of Missourians say they'd like to settle down elsewhere, and 65 percent say they're happy where they are.

But the real headline here is how much Illinois residents want to leave the Land of Lincoln. Illinois topped the Gallup ranking with 50 percent of people saying they'd like to leave and 49 percent saying they'd stay.

"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," according to Gallup. Connecticut came in second to Illinois, with 49 percent of residents saying they'd like to move.

See also: 6 Questions (And Answers) About Illinois' New Same-Sex Marriage Law

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The Gallup poll, which included at least 600 interviews with adults in each state during the second half of 2013, also asked the open-ended question, "What is the main reason you are planning or likely to move?"

In Illinois, 26 percent of people said they wanted to move for work or business reasons, 17 percent said they wanted to move because of the weather, and 15 percent named quality of life or a change as their motivating factor. Gallup didn't have the same information for Missouri because there were too few respondents saying they wanted to leave.

The study makes a distinction between wanting to leave and planning to leave. While most Illinois residents said they wanted to move out of state, only 12 percent said they were at all likely to go in the next year. Eighty percent said they were not too likely or not at all likely to move.

In Missouri, 87 percent of people said they weren't likely to move out in the next year. Twelve percent said they were likely to leave, just two percentage points below the national average.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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GrinchSTL
GrinchSTL

Who in their right mind would want to move to Illinois with all that corruption.. Theres a reason many want to leave it. Missouri may not be the most attractive state but it certainly is much more attractive than Illinois..Just look at ESTL! it tells you the whole story about the state of Illinois ...

Laura Hamm
Laura Hamm

Oh half of Missouri wants to leave too, it's just that we can't find jobs to save enough money to leave.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

And many military retirees who retired in IL because of SAFB are ready to leave too!

Travis Holmes
Travis Holmes

Born and raised in St. Louis, now live in Wyoming. There's jobs here.

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

I love Missouri. I think Missouri is one of the prettiest states in the U.S. I have traveled a bit..and I know that we have some BEAUTIFUL states in this country....but Missouri's waterways and wildlife keep me here.

Pete McAuliffe
Pete McAuliffe

Until Illinois can learn how to drive in an urban environment we should consider removing the bridges.

Kristy Cognac Creighton
Kristy Cognac Creighton

The only things that keep me in MO are my family and friends and the Cardinals. Missouri politics are beyond ridiculous and the zod-awful legislature wants to pull us back to the Dark Ages.

aaronmccoy242
aaronmccoy242 topcommenter

People in IL are more likely to want to leave because we are more educated and well-traveled than our chubby neighbors just to the west.  If you live in the mid-west and you don't want to leave, I'm going to guess that you've never been to any of the coasts or abroad.  We also don't like the taxes, it's not like MO where you can still get a pack of smokes for almost nothing and your Busch Lite Camo cans are still really cheap.  Plus have you ever tried to drag a Missourian out of Missouri during Cardinal/Float Trip season?????  Impossible

Jim Phillips
Jim Phillips

Missouri sure isn't what is use to be. Our legislature of "owned" by the ALEC.

Matt Fischer
Matt Fischer

Illinois sucks. The whole taxation without representation thing is very alive and well here. Oh yeah, we HAVE representatives per say, but they only look after their own interests. Illinois will bankrupt itself eventually.

Ann Stillwell
Ann Stillwell

I've never lived in IL so I can't say which is better the weather is the same but I image taxes are higher in IL so I'll stay in MO for now. I'd rather live in CO for the record.

Genie Ramsey
Genie Ramsey

I moved 8 months ago to Tennessee. I lived in Illinois for almost 40 yrs. It was the best decision... Left because of lack of decent jobs and taxes...

Gary Breeze
Gary Breeze

I love. St. Louis and live in Illinois.

Josie Beck
Josie Beck

Not necessarily a bad thing to want to move. Just means they have more of an explorer/traveler kind of mindset maybe! Nothin wrong with that. Being stuck in the same state your whole life isn't so glamorous...esp Missouri...get out and explore the world, people!

Kelle Deyne
Kelle Deyne

There are more civil liberties and freedoms in Illinois. Is it just the Stl metro area of Illinois who want to leave? Or is this a state wide exodus?

Lori N Tim Fowler
Lori N Tim Fowler

That's because Illinois is crazy!!!! The people there are ran by the govt and controlled by the dumb taxes Illinois has created. Come on over to Missouri!

AJ Beers
AJ Beers

David Dunaway Lara Dunaway

Lee Collier
Lee Collier

It's that restless spirit that drives innovation and adventure!

Jessica Rynders
Jessica Rynders

Illinois does suck. The politics here are terrible. Thankfully I have awesome friends and a job I enjoy, to make it worth being here.

Jason Lash
Jason Lash

David what do you have against edwardsville and glen carbon?

James Boone
James Boone

I have a house in Granite City I will trade for a house or mobile home in S.E. Mo. !!!!....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

John Null
John Null

Well I used to live in WA, but if I had to go back, I would rather get shot in the face.

Bud AkaCali
Bud AkaCali

I want to leave the country all together.. New Zealand sounds nice.. but i cant/wont lol

Dawn Robertson
Dawn Robertson

IL just needs to get it together and straighten up! I have been babysitting since the end of January thur the CHASI program and still have not got a check. It's been approved. I used to make $22 a hr now I make $15.53 for 10 hrs. Well, that is if i ever get paid. The said it depend on the funding as to how fast I get paid.

David Peterson
David Peterson

you can have them back especially the ones in eville and glen

Gary Muich
Gary Muich

I live in Illinois,most crooked state i ever lived in!

Zepel Anderson
Zepel Anderson

Reason why the rest of the state of Illinois wants to separate themselves from Cook County. .

Cindy Lee Brockmeier
Cindy Lee Brockmeier

Well, I went to school for medical assisting and my husband is a millwright so he can work in any business that needs maintenance like a ship yard...the kids have all moved out so we could do this. THe area in FL that we want to go its actually less expensive than up here. That surprised me

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

but living on the Gulf 2 blocks from the beach made it MUCH easier to deal with!

Courtney Ringle
Courtney Ringle

i was born in illinois.. Belleville. my mom and i moved to FL when i was 10. Best move we ever made. ( considering im back in MO.. doesn't say much.. but cost of living was just too much down there.. and the only jobs to be had are in Hospitiality or Healthcare)

Cindy Lee Brockmeier
Cindy Lee Brockmeier

I was born in Missouri but raised in Illinois...I don't want to live in either state. IF I had the means, would be on the first moving truck to Florida...lol

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