Move to Maine and You’ll Never Wanna Leave

Gallup polled residents from all 50 states and asked them if they desired to move to a different state.
Gallup polled residents from all 50 states and asked them if they desired to move to a different state.
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Maine, known for its lobsters, blueberries, and L.L. Bean, can now add another feather to its cap: A new Gallup poll shows that the state boasts the lowest rate of residents wanting to move.

Only 23 percent of Mainers polled said they’d want to relocate. Hawaii and Montana were tied with Maine for having the lowest rate of residents looking for greener pastures.

Gallup polled at least 600 residents aged 18 and older in every state between June and December 2013, asking, “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?”

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Overall, 33 percent of US residents want to move to another state, according to the average of the 50 state responses. The states where people most want to move? Illinois, Connecticut, and Maryland, where about as many residents want to move as want to stay.

The same poll showed that Maine had the smallest proportion of residents planning to move in the next year at 8 percent. Iowa and Vermont also had just 8 percent of their residents say they were planning to move in the following 12 months.

On average across all 50 states, 6 percent of residents said it’s likely they will move in the next year. Nevada had the highest proportion of residents say they plan on moving in the next year at 20 percent. Most US residents (31 percent overall) said their biggest reason for wanting to leave their current state was work or business reasons. (Maybe in Nevada they’re tired of all the gambling.)

Why are Maine residents so content? We’re not too sure.

Other Gallup polls showed that Mainers aren’t overly happy with their state taxes or theirstate government. However, their overall perception of how their state compares to others as a place to live was better than most states.

One thing is for sure, Maine is ideal for those who enjoy beautiful coastline, moose-watching, and strong beer.