Moving Motivations: What Would Make Americans Consider Uprooting to Another State?

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Moving Motivations: What Would Make Americans Consider Uprooting to Another State?

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A recent Harris Poll found Florida, California and Hawaii to be the states where Americans would most like to live (excluding where they live now), followed by Colorado and New York. But what might inspire Americans to actually consider such a move? While there are clear frontrunners, a lot of it depends on region, age, gender and more.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,232 U.S. adults surveyed online between November 11 and 16, 2015.

Whether the weather…

As stated earlier, this list changes greatly depending on a range of factors. Climate consideration, for example, seems to be much more important among those in regions prone to less welcoming weather:

Generations and genders, geographically

Looking across the generations, Matures are less likely than their younger counterparts to consider relocating their way into a better climate (54% Millennials, 51% Gen Xers, 55% Baby Boomers, 39% Matures). Similarly, Millennials are more likely than any of their elders to say they’d consider moving to live in an area where their lifestyle is more accepted (24%, 10%, 7% and 6%).

Likelihood to consider moving gets progressively lower as those answering the question get older for:

But it may not entirely be the individual factors which are appealing less to older Americans: their roots have likely grown deeper as well, as evidenced by their higher likelihood to say they wouldn’t consider moving to another state for any reason (7%, 11%, 19% and 35%).

Comparing genders, women are more likely than men to say they’d factor in proximity to family (40% vs. 31%); men, meanwhile, are more likely to say they’d move to live in an area where recreational marijuana is legal (14% vs. 8%) or where their political views are more accepted (13% vs. 9%).

Looking for like minds

While moving in order to live in areas more accepting of their lifestyle, or political or religious views, are not high on the list overall, these motivations clearly resonate more with some Americans than with others. Most notably, LGBT Americans are three times as likely as their non-LGBT counterparts (34% vs. 11%) to say they’d move in order to live in an area where their lifestyle is more accepted.

Where a person stands on the political spectrum also coincides with attitudinal shifts:

 

 

 

 

 


TABLE 1

REASONS WOULD CONSIDER MOVING TO ANOTHER STATE

By Region

“For which of the following reasons, if any, would you consider moving to another state? Please select all that apply.”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Region

East

Midwest

South

West

%

%

%

%

%

To live in an area with better climate/weather

52

64

61

48

39

Job opportunity

41

36

42

45

39

Proximity to family

36

36

33

35

37

For health reasons

25

25

24

25

24

Proximity to friends

18

18

18

18

20

Proximity to significant other

16

15

15

15

19

Educational opportunity

14

12

13

14

16

To live in an area where my lifestyle is more accepted

13

12

12

14

14

To live in an area where recreational marijuana is legal

11

11

9

11

13

To live in an area where my political views are more accepted

11

9

10

11

13

To live in an area where my religious views are more accepted

7

8

8

6

7

Another reason

14

12

13

14

17

I would not consider moving to another state for any reason

15

12

13

17

17

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

* Indicates that fewer than 0.5% selected this response. 

 

TABLE 2

REASONS WOULD CONSIDER MOVING TO ANOTHER STATE

By Generation & Gender

“For which of the following reasons, if any, would you consider moving to another state? Please select all that apply.”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Generation

Gender

Millennials (18-35)

Gen X (36-50)

Baby Boomers (51-69)

Matures (70+)

Men

Women

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

To live in an area with better climate/weather

52

54

51

55

39

52

52

Job opportunity

41

68

52

20

2

42

40

Proximity to family

36

36

35

35

36

31

40

For health reasons

25

19

25

30

23

23

26

Proximity to friends

18

26

16

15

13

20

17

Proximity to significant other

16

24

19

10

4

15

16

Educational opportunity

14

31

13

3

*

14

14

To live in an area where my lifestyle is more accepted

13

24

10

7

6

14

12

To live in an area where recreational marijuana is legal

11

20

10

7

1

14

8

To live in an area where my political views are more accepted

11

13

10

11

8

13

9

To live in an area where my religious views are more accepted

7

9

7

7

4

8

7

Another reason

14

14

16

15

7

16

12

I would not consider moving to another state for any reason

15

7

11

19

35

13

17

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

* Indicates that fewer than 0.5% selected this response.

TABLE 3

REASONS WOULD CONSIDER MOVING TO ANOTHER STATE

By Political Party & LGBT Status

“For which of the following reasons, if any, would you consider moving to another state? Please select all that apply.”

Base: All adults

 

Total

Political Philosophy

LGBT

Cons

Mod

Lib

Yes

No

%

%

%

%

%

%

To live in an area with better climate/weather

52

46

54

58

49

53

Job opportunity

41

35

42

47

47

40

Proximity to family

36

38

35

35

27

36

For health reasons

25

28

23

25

19

25

Proximity to friends

18

17

18

22

33

17

Proximity to significant other

16

13

17

17

17

15

Educational opportunity

14

11

14

18

25

12

To live in an area where my lifestyle is more accepted

13

13

11

18

34

11

To live in an area where recreational marijuana is legal

11

6

12

17

20

10

To live in an area where my political views are more accepted

11

13

5

20

15

10

To live in an area where my religious views are more accepted

7

12

4

7

10

7

Another reason

14

14

14

15

10

14

I would not consider moving to another state for any reason

15

16

16

11

8

16

Note: Percentages may not add to 100% due to rounding.

* Indicates that fewer than 0.5% selected this response.

 


Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online, in English, within the United States between November 11 and 16, 2015 among 2,232 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online. 

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, The Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Poll surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in our panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

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The Harris Poll® #1, January 6, 2016

By Larry Shannon-Missal, Managing Editor, The Harris Poll

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