Sucks to be Illinois, it’s so bad there, people are bailing like the proverbial rats from a sinking ship.

In what has become a trend, for the 3rd year running, more people are leaving Illinois than any other state. 37,508 people have already watched The Prairie State disappear in their rearview mirrors in the past year. says 47% of Illinois residents said they would like to move out, mostly because of work, weather and quality of life. Here are the states that people want to leave.

“If everybody in America had the opportunity to pack up and move to the state of their choice, Illinois, Connecticut, and Maryland would empty out.” - Newser


States and percentage of residents would leave if they could


Illinois                                 50%

Connecticut                        49%

Maryland                            47%

Nevada                               43%

Rhode Island                      42%

New Jersey                        41%

New York                            41%

Massachusetts                   41%

Louisiana                            40%

Mississippi                          39%


States where the fewest residents would leave if they could

Montana                             23%

Hawaii                                23%

Maine                                 23%

Oregon                               24%

New Hampshire                  24%

Texas                                 24%

Colorado                             25%

Minnesota                           25%

South Dakota                     26%

Wyoming                            27%


Gallup asked at least 600 residents in each state "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?"

37,508 Illinois people left in a recent 1 year period, While just 1,054 people from Wyoming left. Using some fuzzy math, I figure we have 36,454 more reasons to live in The Cowboy State.

Not bad considering the downturn in energy jobs here. I think it shows most of us love it here. Hard not to when you see what we have.

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