10 States Americans Don’t Want to Live in Anymore

A couple packs boxes of their belongings as they get ready to move

Florida and California have remained in the top three states that people would choose to move to | iStock

You can’t beat the beach. Sunshine, warm weather, and abundant coastlines are among the characteristics shared by the states where Americans most want to live, according to the results from a 2015 Harris Poll. When 2,232 adults were asked where they’d like to relocate to if given the chance, Florida — with its 1,197 miles of coastline and 663 miles of beaches — took the top spot, followed by California and Hawaii. More than half of the people surveyed admitted that the prospect of better weather would make them consider moving to another state. Easterners and Midwesterners were more likely to want to relocate because of climate.

Yet Americans have a love/hate relationship with many of the states that landed on the most desirable list. While California was the second most popular state in the 2015 Harris Poll results, it was also one of the states that respondents said they would least likely to want to move to. New York, Texas, Alaska, and Arizona all appeared in the top 10 on both lists, perhaps proving that when it comes to our living preferences, we’re as divided as we are in our politics. States like Mississippi, Illinois, Alabama and Michigan, on the other hand, were more universally disliked, while Colorado, Tennessee, and North Carolina had relatively few detractors.

The most popular states have stayed relatively stable over the last 15 years the poll has been conducted. Florida has been one of the top three states for would-be movers every year, and California has been in the top three every year but one (2000). As far as places that Americans would least like to live, the same three states were at the top of the list both years (2013 and 2015) that question was asked: California, New York, and Alaska.

Here are the top 10 states where Americans would least like to live.

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