Half of Residents Say They Wish They Could Move Out of Illinois

Of course, saying that you want to leave and actually showing a desire to leave by your efforts are two different things. However, the recent Gallup survey matches the behavioral trends we have been seeing for years in Illinois. As Adam Hartung writes at Forbes,

As the jobs for people 16-44 declined, younger people left the state and that demographic actually declined by 3.2% between 2000 and 2010.  Those who remained were older, so the Baby Boomers grew by 21%!  However, this aged demographic is not in its prime “spending years,” and instead is much more likely to invest for retirement.  Thus further dampening the local economy.

And, an aging population means that the number of children declined – dramatically.  The “baby bust” resulted in a 6.2% decline in children under age 10 in Illinois last decade.  Fewer children means less demand for school teachers, and all the things related to child rearing, further shrinking the economic growth prospects.  While this is good news for property tax payers generally, it’s never a good sign to see closed schools simply because there’s no need for them.

Thus, the opinions recorded by Gallup are backed up by actual trends in the state.

Every state has at least some residents who are looking for greener pastures, but nowhere is the desire to move more prevalent than in Illinois and Connecticut. In both of these states, about half of residents say that if given the chance to move to a different state, they would like to do so. Maryland is a close third, at 47%. By contrast, in Montana, Hawaii, and Maine, just 23% say they would like to relocate. Nearly as few — 24% — feel this way in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Texas.

Gallup asked about more than the desire to leave. They asked people if they had concrete plans to move anytime soon. A whopping nineteen percent of Illinois residents said that they are planning to move in a year, second only to Nevada which only beat them by one percentage point. The largest portion of that number, 26 percent, said that their reason for moving was business or job related. Fifteen percent said it was due to the quality of life in the state.

This demonstrates how crime and liberalism (or do I repeat myself) cause people to vote with their feet.