91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

37% of you would rather live somewhere else than Michigan

The darker the green, the more likely the state has residents who want to move elsewhere.

I mean, it's not like we're living in Hawaii, after all.

Michigan is "above the national average" for the number of people who say they'd rather live somewhere else, according to the Gallup poll.

Here was the question they put to the 600 people they reached by phone in Michigan:

"Regardless of whether you will move, if you had the opportunity, would you like to move to another state, or would you rather remain in your current state?"

In Michigan, 37% said "yes, would like to move," while 63% said "no, would rather remain."

But when asked if they really would move, only 11% said it was very or somewhat likely.

Why would people decide to leave a state? Gallup writes:

The biggest factor residents give for planning to move is for work or business reasons – the 50-state average is 31%. This is followed by family or other social reasons (19%), weather or location (11%), and then seeking a better quality of life or change (9%).

In a separate poll, Michigan ranked in the bottom 10 when pollsters asked if their state was the "best place to live."

Credit Gallup

The Gallup poll was conducted from June to December 2013.

I'm guessing Gallup would have gotten a different result if it polled from January through March of 2014:

Winter 2014 in Michigan.
Credit Anne Jackson / Michigan Radio
Michigan Radio
Winter 2014 in Michigan.

Based on the poll, if folks decide to leave the state, it's not likely they'll be headed to Illinois or Connecticut. 

Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
Related Content