What’s not to love about Illinois? The high crime, high taxes, corrupt politicians, restrictive gun laws? I can be critical of the state all I want, but I don’t live there. The residents are the true measure of how bad a place it is to live. A recent Gallup poll shows that residents don’t think the Land Of Lincoln is all that great of a place to live.
The poll asked residents to rate their state as: “the best possible state to live in,” “one of the best possible states to live in,” “as good a state as any to live in,” or “the worst possible state to live in.”
Only 19% of respondents said Illinois was the best place to live with a paltry 3% saying it is the best. Then, an astounding 25% said it was the worst possible state to live in. That’s 1 out of every 4 Illinoisans that thinks the state is a crap-hole.
Gallup chalks this up to:
Residents with the most pride in their state as a place to live generally boast a greater standard of living, higher trust in state government, and less resentment toward the amount they pay in state taxes.
Along those lines, several other high-tax, high cost of living democrat strongholds made the bottom ten places to live. The following residents don’t care much for their current living conditions:
Rhode Island – 17% want to be voted off the island
Connecticut – 17% don’t want to register their legally owned firearms
New York – 12% don’t own a I (heart) NY t-shirt
New Jersey – 10% wish Chris Christie would stop blocking out the sun
I guess that just proves there’s a lot to be blue about living in a blue state. The only red states that made double-digits in self-loathing were Mississippi with 15% and Louisiana with 13%
Noticeably absent from this list is my home state of California. The Golden State also has a crime, tax, and democrat problem, but residents generally like the atmosphere. 64% rate California as the best or one of the best places to live with only 6% thinking it should drop off into the Pacific Ocean. Hey, I guess the year-round warm climate makes us forget about all the other crazy sh*t that goes on here.
Of the places where residents actually loved their states, Montana and Alaska tied for top honors with 77% saying it was one of the best places to live. Utah, Wyoming and Texas rounded out the top five. Looks like people that live in a mountainous regions tend to enjoy their lives more.
But it is Texas that gets the most boastful state. 28% of Texans think the Lone Star State is the best possible place to live. Again, we go to Gallup for an explanation:
Texans’ pride for their state as the single best place to live is not surprising when viewed in the context of other measures. According to Gallup Daily tracking for 2013, Texans rank high on standard of living and trust in their state government, and they are less negative than others are about the state taxes they pay.
There’s all kinds of polls and studies that show states run by democrats all have high crime, high taxes, low personal freedom, low standard of living, etc… And the opposite is generally true of states run by Republicans. Clearly liberal state residents are less happy than their conservative counterparts. Am I the only one that sees a connection here?