Half of Illinois Wants to Leave State
People in Montana, Hawaii, Maine want to stay put, poll finds
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2014 12:52 AM CDT
Updated May 4, 2014 11:33 AM CDT
Around half of Illinois residents would rather see the other side of this sign in their rear-view mirror.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – 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, according to a new Gallup poll. Around half of residents in all three states said they would relocate to another state given the chance, with Illinois having the highest rate of people (50%) who want to get out; Connecticut clocked in at 49%, and Maryland at 47%. People in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine were the most inclined to stay put, with just 23% of residents of each state saying they would take the opportunity to move.

People in Illinois not only want to leave, they're among the most likely to actually do it, the Washington Post notes. Some 19% said they were extremely to somewhat likely to move out of the state in the next 12 months, a proportion only topped by Nevada, where 20% of residents are seriously considering a move. "Nevada, Illinois, Maryland, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Connecticut all appear particularly vulnerable to losing population in the coming few years," Gallup concludes, while "Texas, Minnesota, and Maine have little to fear." (Where to move to? This state is apparently the happiest.)

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May 6, 2014 3:05 PM CDT
It's always the half that pays the taxes that wants to leave liberal cities
Morey Soffo
May 5, 2014 10:07 AM CDT
We are leaving Illinois at the end of this month but not because we hate it here. My last Illinois' relative passed away last year and our agreement was that when she died, we would return to live near my in-laws. This has been a hard, cold and long winter, true, but during the decade we have lived here, we have held the same jobs and our home was paid for, so financially it has not been a hardship. However, property taxes are assinine, and I cannot understand why the state will not eliminate townships (18 counties and the city of Chicago have): they are redundant and all their services can easily be absorbed by either cities or counties, keeping all the employees and eliminating the elected and appointed politicians - oh, I guess I just answered my own question. Eliminating townships taxes would save the average Illinoisan 1/3 of the annual property tax. In 1977, CA adopted Prop. 13: all residential property in the state is taxed at 1% of the purchase price annually, whether it is located in incorporated cities or unincorporated county areas; new subdivisions since 1985 have an additional tax (Mello-Roos) to pay for construction of new schools and other facilities which cannot last longer than 40 years. Thus, our home in Illinois, taxed at $6,000 would be taxed at $1,500 in CA. In a Mello-Roos district, it would taxed at $3,000. The impetus behind Prop. 13 was to eliminate the arbitrary guessings of assessors that were taxing the elderly out of their homes. Now, the state assumes that if you agree to pay $300k for a house, then that is what it is worth and the state is not going to argue, so your taxes will be $3k/yr. In other words, you assess yourself. It is a much fairer system. I have never seen the assessor for our area, but I assume he or she shows up in the middle of the night during a waning moon dressed like Dumbledore and casts chicken bones and consults a Ouija Board and a Magic 8 Ball to determine the value of our home because that is the only explanation that could make any kind of sense for the randomness of taxable values. The state claims there is an "equation" that is used but the language used is so archaic that only someone with dual degrees in Accounting and Druid can understand it. Even the County cannot explain it to their own satisfaction.
Chris Farley
May 5, 2014 7:18 AM CDT
Like Most of the Northeast States. At least all of them with a big city and the rest dealing with the big city. Weather is an issue. So are the sky high tax rates and cost of living. So unless your in the 2% at the top or the 40 percent that like all the services, your just a paycheck to the state in most of these places.