There is a rather unusual poll out from Gallup. In the poll, they asked residents of all 50 states to rate their own state as the best place to live. Thus, the survey was not based on objective measures like crime rates or cost of living, but was completely subjective. Or put another way, the poll measures state pride.
Here are the results. The numbers show the percentage of state residents who say that their state is either the best, or one of the best possible to live in:
Some interesting results:
- Most of the top states are mountainous and have cold weather.
- Most of the top states are in the west, with the exception of New Hampshire and Vermont.
- Most of the bottom states are in the eastern half of the country, with the exception of New Mexico.
- Most of the top states have relatively low population, with the exception of Texas. Traditionally, Texans have a somewhat overblown view of their home state. In fact, Texas had the highest percentage of people who said that their state was THE best to live.
- 25% of people in Illinois say that their state is the worst place to live (followed by Rhode Island and Connecticut, both with 17%).