The States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live

Amanda SchillerMonday 13 September 2021

Since it was founded in 1776, the United States has been one of the most premier destinations to live in the world. Every year, millions of immigrants travel to America hopes of being able to call this country home.

However, once these immigrants arrive, they then have to decide which of the country’s 50 states they want to live in. Since it’s incredibly unlikely that all of these immigrants will disperse equally, that means that there will ultimately be one state that is the most popular and one that is the least popular.

This article will take a quick look at the states where Americans do not want to live.

Which state is best for you?

Ranking states in terms of a “best” and “worst” is not always a fair comparison. Even when you look at polling data, you still have to take into account that each person has different preferences.

For example, California is often considered one of the most beautiful states to live in. However, if you don’t like the beach and hate paying a lot of money in rent then you’re probably more content living somewhere else. On that same note, many people might find midwestern states like Iowa a little dull. However, if you are someone who prefers peace and quiet, then you probably love how affordable the homes are there, especially when compared to California.

As you can see, which state is titled the “best” or “worst” is almost always going to come to do what your preferences are.

With that being said, let’s do our best to try and determine what some of the least popular parts of the country are.

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The Least Populated State – Wyoming

With only 580,000 residents, Wyoming is America’s least populated state. By definition, this technically means that the least amount of people want to live in Wyoming. Additionally, since Wyoming also ranks ninth in terms of land size at 97,000 square miles, this means that there is plenty of space for people to move here. They simply don’t want to.

In case you were wondering, 580,000 people in 97,000 square miles comes out to just 6 people per square mile.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that people dislike Wyoming. It really just means that there’s a whole lot of land and not a lot of people. A few of the other most least populated states are Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, and South Dakota.

As far as states that are disliked, there were a few states that come ahead of Wyoming.

The South conducted a survey where each state was paired against all 49 other states and pollers were asked to choose their favorite. In this sense, it was essentially a round-robin tournament of states where people simply selected their favorite between the two.

In this poll, Alabama and Mississippi were rated as two of the least popular states when put up against all the others. Part of the reason why these two states faired so badly is that they rank very  low in terms of income and access to healthcare. However, Alabama and Mississippi were also not the only two southern states to rank low on the list.

A few of the other low ranking states on the list were also in the south and included Arkansas, Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, and Kansas. Since all of these states are geographically close to each other, it is safe to assume that people’s decisions had to do with that area’s climate. The climate and landscape in that part of the country is not nearly as nice as the Pacific Northwest, Pacific Southwest, or the Northeast.

For example, Alabama and Mississippi are known for being incredibly humid, buggy, and swamplike. Iowa, Kentucky, and Kansas are known for being in the middle of the country where they are exposed to tornados.

In general, people tend to flock to coastal states. This creates big cities along the coast and, since most people like to live close to other people, this causes even more people to move to the coast and away from the middle of the country.

What states are people moving out of?

According to data from Realtor Magazine, the three states that have the highest percentage of people moving out are New York, Illinois, and New Jersey. New York and New Jersey are known for being incredibly densely populated. However, if this trend continues, then these states might be a little more sparse in years to come.

We hope that you have found this article valuable when it comes to learning a few of the states where Americans don’t want to live. If you are interested in learning more, please subscribe below to get alerted of new articles as we write them!



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