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People from Connecticut and Illinois really don't want to live there

It may be home to America's funniest city, they may lay claim to both the men's and women's college hoop titles, but residents in both Illinois and Connecticut can't wait to get the hell out. At least according to a recent Gallup poll.

When asked whether they would leave their respective states if given the chance, 50 percent of Illinoisans said in a heartbeat (or is it a "Chicago" minute?). Connecticut came in second, with 49 percent of its residents signaling they'd rather live elsewhere.

Rounding out the top ten were Maryland (47 percent), Nevada (43 percent), Rhode Island (42 percent), and five states that no one is at all surprised that people hate living in: New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Come on, don't even act like you're shocked! Have you ever driven on the Long Island Expressway?

In all fairness, Gallup only interviewed around 600 US citizens across the 50 states -- so, obviously, not a huge sample size. Also, if you followed the last presidential election then you know they're also not terribly skilled at their craft. They did, however, determine a number of the factors that compelled people to want to ditch Peoria, including business, family/social life, weather, and "improved lifestyle aspirations". 

So, where exactly do people want to live?

In Montana, Hawaii, and Maine apparently, where satisfied residents are the least likely to pack up the Subie and hit the road; all three states were tied at 23 percent. Folks in Oregon, New Hampshire, and Texas were also, for the most part, happy to stay put. And, let's be honest, the rest of America is happy for them to do so as well.

To see where your state ranks, check out the full Gallup data here.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. She moved to one of the states everyone wants to leave, and still doesn’t want to go anywhere. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.