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Illinois leads nation in residents desiring move

Staff report

Half of all Illinois residents would leave the state if given the chance, according to a new Gallup poll. But they're not likely to find their greener pastures in neighboring Kentucky as a large majority of commonwealth residents say they'd prefer to stay put.

The interviews conducted late last year asked 600 residents in each of the 50 states the same question: "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 Illinois residents expressed a desire to move, with business opportunities and weather cited as their top motivators. The poll found almost as much dissatisfaction in Connecticut and Maryland, where 49 percent and 47 percent, respectively, said they wanted out.

Compared to their neighbors to the north, Kentuckians look like happy campers - 32 percent said they'd move, while 67 percent reported they'd rather stay. One percent was undecided. The average across all states for residents interested in moving was 33 percent. 

Montana, Hawaii and Maine were the states with the most loyal residents, tied with only 23 percent saying they'd move.

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