Nearly half of Maryland residents say they want
to move out of state, but few are actually planning on doing so, a new poll out
this week says.
The Gallup poll shows 47 percent of Free State residents want to leave – the third highest percentage of the 50 states. And, to pile on the insults, Maryland ranked fourth on the list of states where residents said they were likely to actually move in the next year – 17 percent said they plan to pack their bags.
The findings are from a 50-state poll, conducted June through December 2013, which includes at least 600 representative interviews with residents aged 18 and older in each state.
On average, 33 percent of residents told poll takers that they wanted to leave their home state. In Illinois and Connecticut, 50 and 49 percent of residents said they wanted to leave, respectively – the highest percentages nationwide.
By contrast, just 23 percent of Montana, Maine and Hawaii residents wanted to leave, the lowest percentages nationwide.
Patch Editor Daniel Nee contributed to this story.