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Is The Grass Greener In Another State?

Jessica Robinson
Northwest News Network

A new Gallup poll reveals how many people prefer to be in a different state, given the chance.

Overall, the Northwest has a pretty loyal crowd. Oregonians, in particular, are quite happy where they are. But the poll finds a high rate of Idahoans planning their goodbyes.

This June, Cat Wiechmann is finishing up her Master's in wetland ecology at the University of Idaho in Moscow. But instead of staying put, she’s heading to Pueblo, Colo., for a university position there.

“Even though it'd be great to stay in this area -- I really love Idaho -- the position was enough for me to be motivated to move down there," says Wiechmann. "And second, I'm excited to see a new place.”

Gallup found 17 percent of Idahoans have actual plans to leave, a pretty hefty portion compared with other states. Like Wiechmann, most cited work reasons for the move.

But aside from those who are already planning a move, the poll suggests Idahoans are generally pretty happy where they are. When asked if they would leave given the opportunity, only 29 percent took pollsters up on the hypothetical offer. Some in that 29 percent might be considering Oregon.

Gallup found Oregonians to be some of the most geographically satisfied people in the country -- only a quarter would jump at a hypothetical relocation. Washingtonians were about average with 34 percent saying they'd consider a move.

And be on the lookout for people from Illinois and Connecticut. According to Gallup, half of those states' residents are itching to get out.

The poll was conducted between June and December of 2013. It was based on interviews with at least 600 adults in each state.