Half of Illinois’ residents want out!

by Ryan Streeter on May 3, 2014. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

According to Gallup, 50 percent of people living in Illinois want to move to another state, the highest “I wish I lived somewhere else” rate in the country.

It’s hard to imagine this being driven by anything other than the policy environment, since its neighbors, which have similar topography and industry (and don’t even have Chicago!), are quite a bit lower: Iowa (29%), Wisconsin (29%), Missouri (34%) and Indiana (38%).

Even more interesting, the high rate is matched by people actually planning to move. 19% of people in Illinois are likely to move, the 2nd highest rate in the country, whereas only 9% of people in Indiana and 8% of people in Iowa, for instance, are likely to move.