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Can you name the US states in which the highest percentage of native-born persons move away?
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Nov 25th, 2009 at 14:22 GMT
soon to be added to that list : Michigan
Nov 25th, 2009 at 15:13 GMT
Though this list would have states like New Jersey, Michigan, and Ohio, but just since a large portion of people move away from a state doesn't mean that the state has a negative population growth.
Nov 25th, 2009 at 16:39 GMT
Very interesting to see how many states are on both this list and the list of states people flee to (see Booger's other related quiz).
Nov 29th, 2009 at 22:37 GMT
My first guess was also Michigan, then Louisiana, but I tried to remember it's by percentage, not raw numbers. I actually had to change my strategy several times. I liked that!
Dec 8th, 2009 at 14:18 GMT
Alaska I understand, but two-thirds of Wyoming's population leaves the state? Granted, that's like 43 people, but still, holy cow! I bet they're all scared away by Dick Cheney...
Dec 8th, 2009 at 14:47 GMT
I love the gigantic clump of plains states, with the exception of Utah because of its specific religious population.
Dec 8th, 2009 at 15:08 GMT
aka can you name the "worst states to live in" or "lowest population density states"
Dec 8th, 2009 at 20:23 GMT
pretty much the most boring/devoid of lfe states
Dec 8th, 2009 at 21:21 GMT
Lowest level of opportunity states.
Dec 9th, 2009 at 01:40 GMT
I'm suprised at only one: Nevada. The rest is where all the new freaking Oregonians come from, so they don't surprise me.
Jan 15th, 2010 at 09:48 GMT
funny West Virginia being the only Eastern State. no fun in West Virginia?
Jan 20th, 2010 at 01:34 GMT
All them North Dakota folk leave for Canada, don't ya know?
Jan 29th, 2010 at 21:48 GMT
Yep, I am a native South Dakotan who fled home.
Feb 5th, 2010 at 19:34 GMT
@verna-well i didnt see any southern states on this list, so your first suggested name wouldnt really make sense
Feb 5th, 2010 at 22:49 GMT
People leave these states for work. I'd love to move to Wyoming or West Virginia, but there aren't any jobs for the college educated in these states. Ironically, I actually moved TO Kansas for a job, but then left it for another job.
May 17th, 2010 at 17:19 GMT
@TattedLaw, why would Michigan be soon to be added to the list? If you look at the link to the Pew Research Center, Michigan is the 6th most "sticky" state.
Jul 3rd, 2010 at 03:49 GMT
I'm surprised my home state of Iowa's not on here, since we lose quite a few people. And I thought West Virginia was almost heaven...
Jul 14th, 2010 at 09:23 GMT
Missed Alaska, Idaho and WV. Good quiz. Interesting.
Aug 31st, 2010 at 04:15 GMT
Basically, I did this quiz as "what states would I kill myself if I lived in?" and got almost all of them.
Mar 13th, 2011 at 15:54 GMT
Not totally surprised by these answers. However, I must say I am a native Kansan that would never dream of living elsewhere.
Aug 11th, 2011 at 06:55 GMT
Other than WV, most of these states see positive population growth from commerce. I don't think anyone would voluntarily live in North Dakota if money weren't involved.
Apr 1st, 2012 at 16:43 GMT
No Michigan? So many people are leaving due to the unemployment.
Feb 3rd, 2013 at 19:43 GMT
Many leave their home states to get away from having to live as an outsider. Not counting the different native populations that live in each, these states are all populated, for the most part, by homogenous white-bread-and-mayonnaise folks who are often suspicious to intolerant of outsiders, i.e., those different than they are. Native-born persons can be outsiders in their own hometowns when something about them deviates from the norm. Sexual orientation, gender identity, and mixed racial or religious parentage are good examples. Outsiders often flee to big cities where they won't stand out from other people. Notice the lack of big cities in all of these states. So the outsiders move to cities out of state, and the states become even more homogenous and white bread.
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