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Best United States' states to live in according to residents of each state

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Residents of states were asked how they view their state – as to whether or not a person’s state is a good place to live or not. The results of the Gallup Poll were released on Thursday. When asked to rate their state as a ‘best place to live,’ 77 percent of the persons living in Alaska and Montana said that their states are the best – or one of the best – places to live in the entire United States. There were no other states close to those two states’ high ratings.

On the other end of the survey’s scale are states where less than 1-in-5 persons say that their state is the best place – or one of the best places – to live throughout the entire nation. At the bottom of the list are persons from Illinois and Rhode Island who do not see their states as the best places to live in the country. Only 18 percent of Rhode Island residents and 19 percent of Illinoisans say their states are the best places to live in the United States.

The Top: Residents’ Views of Their State as Best Place to Live

Montana – 77%

Alaska – 77%

Utah – 70%

Wyoming – 69%

Texas – 68%

Hawaii – 68%

New Hampshire – 67%

North Dakota – 66%

Colorado – 65%

Vermont – 61%

Oregon – 61%

Minnesota – 61%

The Bottom: Residents’ Views of Their State as Best Place to Live

Rhode Island – 18%

Illinois – 19%

Mississippi – 26%

Louisiana – 27%

Michigan – 28%

New Mexico – 28%

New Jersey – 28%

Maryland – 29%

Missouri – 29%

Connecticut – 31%

It is apparent that residents of states in the Western and Midwestern portion of the country are generally more positive about their states as being good places to live. With the exception of two states – New Hampshire and Vermont – all of the top 10 rated states are west of the Mississippi River. Many of the states that scored favorably have relatively low populations. With the exception of New Mexico, the bottom 10 states are east of the Mississippi River or border the river.

Respondents answered the question: how would you describe the state where you live? The question was asked on both landline and cellular telephones by Gallup from June through December of 2013. The persons who were interviewed included approximately 600 adults from each of the states in the United States as well as persons from the District of Columbia. The samplings were weighted to correct for unequal selection probability, non-response, and double coverage of landline and cell users. Additionally, interviews were conducted in both English and Spanish for more coverage.

Demographic weighting targets were based on the most recent Current Population Survey figures for the populous of the United States who are aged 18 and older. The phone status targets for the survey were based on the most recent National Health Interview Survey Population density targets. Many cities, such as Chicago via the Chicago Tribune, have publicized this survey with their local twist.

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