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Moving out: See which 20 states people most want to leave (22 items)

By , Deseret News

May 5, 2014

Moving from state to state may not be a realistic option for many American families, but that doesn't stop them from dreaming.

According to a recent Gallup poll, an average of 33 percent of state residents want to move to another state, even if they won't or can't act on that desire. Motivation for moving can range from things like work and weather to family/friends, quality of life, schools, cost of living and/or taxes, Gallup reports.

Here's a look at the 20 states with the highest percentage of people who are interested in moving away, along with a look at where Utah falls in that ranking.

Sources: Gallup poll: Residents wanting to leave, Gallup: Top places to live, 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index, U.S. News: Best High School rankings

1 of 22. No. 1 for wanting to stay: Montana

Would like to move: 23 percent

Would like to stay: 75 percent

State facts

Governor: Gov. Steve Bullock, Democrat

2013 population estimate: 1,015m165

Unemployment: 5.1 percent

Percentage of people who think the state is the best or one of the best possible states to live: 77 percent

Ranking, tax climate for business according to the Tax Foundation: No. 7

State ranking in U.S. News' Best High Schools report: No. 30

2 of 22. Where Utah falls: No. 32 for wanting to leave

Would like to move: 31 percent

Would like to stay: 69 percent

State facts

Governor: Gov. Gary Herbert, Republican

2013 population estimate: 2,900,872

Unemployment: 4.1 percent

Percentage of people who think the state is the best or one of the best possible states to live in: 70 percent

Ranking, tax climate for business according to the Tax Foundation: No. 9

State ranking in U.S. News' Best High Schools report: No. 44

3 of 22. New Mexico

Would like to move: 35 percent

Would like to stay: 63 percent

State facts

Governor: Gov. Susana Martinez, Republican

2013 population estimate: 2,085,287

Unemployment: 7.0 percent

Percentage of people who think the state is the best or one of the best possible states to live: 28 percent

Ranking, tax climate for business according to the Tax Foundation: 38 No.

State ranking in U.S. News' Best High Schools report: No. 27

4 of 22. Kansas

Would like to move: 36 percent

Would like to stay: 63 percent

State facts

Governor: Gov. Sam Brownback, Republican

2013 population estimate: 2,893,957

Unemployment: 4.9 percent

Percentage of people who think the state is the best or one of the best possible states to live: 34 percent

Ranking, tax climate for business according to the Tax Foundation: No. 20

State ranking in U.S. News' Best High Schools report: No. 47

5 of 22. North Carolina

Would like to move: 36 percent

Would like to stay: 63 percent

State facts

Governor: Gov. Pat McCrory, Republican

2013 population estimate: 9,848,060

Unemployment: 6.3 percent

Percentage of people who think the state is the best or one of the best possible states to live: 34 percent

Ranking, tax climate for business according to the Tax Foundation: No. 44

State ranking in U.S. News' Best High Schools report: No. 23

1. USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT,
May 6, 2014

I absolutely believe that those who hate living in Utah because of lifestyle and religion, should honestly move. I don't think I'd move to Scarsdale, New York and complain about Jewish people. On the flip side, I don't think I'd move to San Francisco and complain about the lifestyle there either.

Love it or leave it, folks. No one is forcing you to stay here.

2. liberty or ...?
Ogden, UT,
May 6, 2014

Scientist you missed the point of what USAlover meant. Its not that we don't want you to move here if your non LDS I welcome you but I for one LDS member get sick and tired(by the way I'm not from Utah)of non LDS people moving here and they always say they come for the family atmosphere, the moral standards, the patriotism,the good neighbors, the great business and economic oppurtunities, the lower crime rates, less gang violence etc, positive role models for their kids etc.and then complain about how it would all be great accept for the dang Mormons and their beliefs that made the communities this way in the first place. Thats what I personally resent.Like Californians who move to AZ, TX, UT, ID,WY trying to flee the problems in CA and the first thing they do is try and change it to be like the mess they just left almost like a modern version of the black plague. All I'm saying is don't bite the hand that feeds you and respect the culture of your neighbors as much as you want us to respect you.

3. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
May 6, 2014

I, too, don't mind it here. The view is great, I respect the neighbours, keep the yard clean and generally keep to myself. Plus I'm gone a lot. I am who I am, however, and generally speaking that is not who anybody else is. Most people are OK with it, some a bit bewildered, and the odd one needs to hear the above arguments rephrased. If you don't like me here, leave.

4. truth in all its forms
henderson, NV,
May 6, 2014

I don't see why everyone is suggesting people want to move, or should move out of Utah. All I see are positive comments about Utah in the comments...

5. So-CalAggie
Park City, Ut,
May 6, 2014

Where's California? I'm always hearing how everyone wants to leave California... from people who don't live in California that is LOL.