A Lot of People Don't Like Living in Arizona, Poll Says

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There are a lot of people in Arizona who'd rather live somewhere else.

According to polling done by Gallup, 38 percent of the Arizonans they polled said they'd like to move to another state. Only 11 other states had higher percentages of people who wanted to leave.

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Meanwhile, in Montana, only 23 percent of the residents said they'd like to move.

Gallup also got down to the brass tacks, asking people if they will be moving, not only if they'd like to move.

Arizona had the nation's highest total of people saying they're "extremely" or "very likely" to move out of the state within the next 12 months, at 9 percent.

If you add in the people who said it's "somewhat likely" that they're moving to another state at some point in the next year, then Arizona had the nation's second-highest total, at 19 percent -- just behind Nevada, at 20 percent.

Gallup points out that the results are higher than the actual percentages of people who move to another state in a given year, but notes that the numbers "provide a basis for evaluating each state's risk of losing population that is somewhat stronger than the sheer desire of its residents to move."

The pollsters also asked people why they plan on moving, and in Arizona, 32 percent said it's work-related, 20 percent offered a reasoning related to family or friends, 11 percent mentioned the weather or location, 9 percent said it's school-related, 4 percent said it had to do with the quality of life, and 4 percent said it was related to the cost of living.

If it's any consolation for Arizona, among the 11 states with the higest percentages of people wanting to move to another state, Arizona had the lowest percentage of people seeking a change in the quality of life.

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198 comments
Anon
Anon

*highest, not higest

awareablevision
awareablevision

AZ propaganda lures you out into a deep, smoldering pit;  you fall into it and no length of rope or ladder can get you out.  We are struggling to leave asap.  Between the Mexicans, Mormons, hateful business owners, corruption , ignorance, heat and lack of resources for people with great work ethics, it's just a nasty place to be.  Let the racists on all sides have the place.

marshatsai
marshatsai

I wonder if they(people who don't like living in AZ) would think I'm crazy since I quit my wonderful job, said goodbye to my friends, family, amazing food, convenient environment, efficiency....in Taiwan and move to AZ where the food is sucks, super inconvenient environment, boring downtown Phoenix, super inefficient bureaucracy, not to mention summer heat....BUT I think I'm one of the happiest person in the world.

Carole Magary
Carole Magary

Central Phoenix has turned into a meth crack homeless or section 8 area full of bed bug housing and robberies even the cops can't handle. A disaster for hard working families.

Steve Wargo Dp
Steve Wargo Dp

Why would anyone live where they don't like it other than the fact that they don't have the guts to pack everything up and start a new life in Paradise. Spineless crybabies. The same ones who bitch and complain about the heat, the politics and everything else. California looks nice and so does Colorado. Don't like guns-Connecticut wants you. Love snow, upstate New York is your place. Dying for more humidity, try Florida. Can't get a job in the film production business, head for Louisiana. What are you waiting for??? I did it 40 years ago. So can you.

Barry Mo
Barry Mo

things are stacked against you in a big way. I couldn't deal with "things in-general" anymore. It's a heavy loser feeling when you leave and not easy to deal with. I don't regret leaving and won't go back.

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

I have heard the same sentiment..these reasons mentioned go a long way in understanding that sentiment...See below

Benjamin Meyer
Benjamin Meyer

From the other side of the isle..Reasons Why Phoenix Is the Worst Place Ever By Troy Farah m.vice.com/read/reasons-why-phoenix-is-the-worst-place-ever?utm_source=vicetwitterus

Shane Kennedy
Shane Kennedy

It kinda sounds like these native Arizonans with their ol' Redneck slogan "love it or leave it" are part of the problem. They're a bunch of ignorant hicks....There are people who've lived in fuckin' Alabama all their lives who love it, too. That doesn't make it great. One of the weird things is I know so many people who say the love Arizona SO much, and yet spend so much of their time trying to change it.....It's a strange dynamic. As downtown has become more 'developed' it just feel more and more generic, and I dunno...forced....Everything is new & it just doesn't have a whole to of soul. It's really weird. This is a weird place. Why do I stay? I have really low self-esteem & lack ambition. Also, well...let's face it, nothing beats a Carne Asada Burrito & a Horchata at 3 a.m.

Jimmy Cruze
Jimmy Cruze

And I'm one of them. I've lived here 27 years too long. Now I just need to get out, somehow

Jodie Malone Loiselle
Jodie Malone Loiselle

The problem with Phoenix is that it is all so BEIGE! Let's get rid of homeowners and add some color!

Billy Farmer
Billy Farmer

^I grew up in phx, had to get out, and living in Flagstaff and Portland has been infinitely better for so many reasons. I'm a trained musician who just needs someplace larger to grow than Flag. Don't get me wrong though, I know a ton of creative people in phx, really good friends, but fuck that place. It's a totally unsustainable drag on the rest of the country...

Nolan Ryan Cadena
Nolan Ryan Cadena

I moved for school, which, I think, is a great reason for moving; however, I'm learning where you call home has a to do with your internal peace. Ever since I left AZ, I just haven't felt the same. Prior to moving to L.A., I have only visited a handful of time, and of course, went to places like the beach or theme parks (you know, the more glamorous side of California) but outside of all those places, L.A. is NOT as pretty as people often think. Don't get me wrong, there are so gorgeous places in California, but the Greater L.A. Area is not one of them. It also doesn't help that it is almost three times as expensive here. There is so much beauty to be found throughout Arizona. Yes, it is hot… But so is L.A. So don't let the weather fool you. I would say try it, move out to L.A. and give it a shot. Who knows, you may fall in-love with it. Arizona is my home, it's where my family and friends are, it's ultimately, where my heart is. I hope this helps! Good luck! Feel free to contact me for any other questions.

Angie Celestino
Angie Celestino

Ironically, I want to move to LA. I was born, raised & still live in AZ & really want better weather year round & to live near the beach. Can I ask why you like AZ better than LA.

Nikki Walton
Nikki Walton

I've lived in 5 states(as an adult because this makes a difference) and each have their pros and cons. For the 38% that don't like it, leave but I have a feeling you're going to exchange one set of problems for another. The grass is not always greener on the other side so learn to make the best of what you have or you'll always be unhappy!

Lou Carol
Lou Carol

Arizona is beautiful. My parents had a house in Arizona and Ohio while I was growing up. As soon as I was old enough to decide I didn't want to go back and forth, Arizona is where I stayed. My son can't wait to get out of here. He says it's to hot and he wants snow. Having experienced an Ohio winter I just laugh at him. He'll be home after a few months of snow.

Jose Blanco
Jose Blanco

Them crazy laws. Ain't nobody time for racism or bigotry under the veil of safety or justice. No thanks I saw tomold wrinkly people trying to run my life.

Emanuel Gonzalez
Emanuel Gonzalez

John, gun rights are so underrated. I've lived places where it was so hard to carry. You'll notice we don't get mass shootings in AZ... People would shoot back.

Jimmy Green
Jimmy Green

I don't know why anyone wouldn't want to live in a state that adheres to the constitution and founding principles of freedoms that are Disappearing all over the country especially the police state next door that is kalifornia for example.

Emanuel Gonzalez
Emanuel Gonzalez

John be glad you're in Phoenix. Luckily it's one of the housing markets that's recovering the quickest because of all the people that want to move here. You're house should have equity sooner here than in almost any other place. Next time shop wisely... That way you can move away from your mistakes sooner.

Rachel Szymanik
Rachel Szymanik

I came from Virginia about three years ago. I love the lack of humidity in Phoenix, although I miss rain. I thoroughly enjoy grid pattern directions, too, now I usually don't get lost. I love seeing the stars at night. I absolutely adore seeing hummingbirds everywhere and I find these dust storms pretty neat (from inside, of course). The rocks and mountains in this state are pretty badass, not to mention that big hole up north. Lol What I don't like is the panhandling, the cigarette prices and the whole landlocked thing is a bummer, too. Overall, I find it's a very pretty, very brown place to live.

IsabelnSonny Ledesma
IsabelnSonny Ledesma

Good let them all leave only true strong people can live in this state!! Ya theirs alot of racism n corruption but where isn't there at least we don't have earthquakes tornadoes or tsunamis n it doesn't rain for a week n flood everything thx I'll take my heat Cuz i got AC n a pool

octopus9498
octopus9498

Arizona is an ok place to live but I'll be moving as soon as I can because I hate the heat. And Ty Cheatham---you may not think the heat is bad here but there are those of us who HATE IT WITH A PASSION. I consider it too hot from May through October. Yes, that is 6 months a year. The company I work for has a presence in 30 odd states so I'll be moving to a state more like where I grew up: somewhere mountainous, 4 seasons, lots of tall pines. There are things I like about the desert but the heat cancels them all out.  

Wa Aayne
Wa Aayne

I love the people that say "you're free to leave" no shit like we didn't know that? but unfortunately its not free az is very expensive in once you're here it's hard to get out

Diane Espinoza
Diane Espinoza

corrupt judicial system in Arizona is the only thing that makes me want to leave

Wa Aayne
Wa Aayne

I've lived in Iowa, Arkansas in Louisiana, LA is probably the only 1 I would rank below az. AZ is full of right wing racists & lifted truck driving rednecks.. ppl always tease about ia & ar having rednecks and hillbillies but az has 10x more than either one of those states!

Stephen Guida
Stephen Guida

In 20 years of living here I have never met so many astonishingly ignorant people in my whole life. So many here are grossly uneducated and it certainly shows in the toilet-slime quality of the legislators they elect. Arizona will continue to be the laughing-stock of the nation. It makes Mississippi and Alabama look intelligent.

Yamilet Rojas Art
Yamilet Rojas Art

Arizona has its flows but its pretty if you learn to live in the desert haha

Cindy Neese
Cindy Neese

As of May 10th I am out of this hell hole....

Ryan Van Horn
Ryan Van Horn

Backward ass redneck mindset. Unfriendly dickheads. Sherriff Arpaio. That idiot governor. What's not to love? I was drug out here as a teenager and have hated it ever since.

Bryan O'Neal
Bryan O'Neal

Ok yha it gets hot in some parts of the state but as I am fond of saying 106℉ is 100 times better then 6℉ Sure the care is hot until the ac kicks in. But I did not dedicate 45 min in the cold embrace of a northern winter clearing snow and scraping my windows.

Sindi Stack
Sindi Stack

Don't know where you are dining but the only places that close that early are breakfast and lunch eateries. Did you ever think that we get up early to see the beautiful sunrise? Sure if you are up early enough to enjoy this then you want to hit the sack early so you can get up the next morning for a repeat of that show.

Marc Chatow
Marc Chatow

I love how people living here try to downplay the heat, or just say its just tolerable for a few months. No, it's like living in a damn broiler day after day. I'm sorry but 115 is not tolerable whether it's dry or not.

Jacob Morales
Jacob Morales

I was born and raised here and have spent most of my adult life traveling to various places in the U.S. and the world. When I return I always am left with the sad realization that Phoenix leaves much to be desired. From the culture, night life, music scene, climate, the archaic politics, and horrendous summers, well if I didn't absolutely have to live here, I would rather live almost anywhere else. I played football in the summer heat for years and it has left me with a disdain for the heat in more ways than I can articulate here.

Marc Chatow
Marc Chatow

The far right wing, out of touch politics in this state is absolutely dreadful & embarrassing, but it is slowly but surely transitioning, unfortunately the transition is slow as molasses.

Marc Chatow
Marc Chatow

....The summers here are absolutely brutal and dreadful, kind of like living in a broiler oven.

Marc Chatow
Marc Chatow

Phoenix is definitely an early bird city where eating places close at 2:30 pm. With people seem to wake up very early and go to bed early, unlike New York or LA where there's more nightlife and people aren't afraid to do things at night and stay up a little later. Okay, I know some people on here are going to bash me big time . But it's just an observation that's all.

bethb1973
bethb1973

@marshatsai how did that happen? or why are you rather? lol it makes no logical sense

bethb1973
bethb1973

I would suspect the cost of picking up and moving to another state is the main obstacle for most people, especially now.

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