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These Are The "Worst Possible States To Live In" As Ranked By Their Residents

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It should come as no surprise that when Gallup recently conducted a poll asking residents to rank if their state is the "worst possible to live in" a whopping 25% of its residents, by far the most of any states, responded Illinois. Which were the other "worst possible" states? The table below ranks them all.

 

How about the opposite: the best US states to live in? Here is the full list in descending order.

And some commentary from Gallup:

Residents of Western and Midwestern states are generally more positive about their states as places to live. With the exception of the New England states of New Hampshire and Vermont, all of the top 10 rated states are west of the Mississippi River. In addition to Montana and Alaska, Utah (70%), Wyoming (69%), and Colorado (65%) are among the 10 states that residents are most likely to say their state is among the best places to reside. Most of these states have relatively low populations, including Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, and Alaska -- the four states with the smallest populations in the nation. Texas, the second most populated state, is the major exception to this population relationship. Although it is difficult to discern what the causal relationship is between terrain and climate and positive attitudes, many of the top 10 states are mountainous with cold winters. In fact, the two states most highly rated by their residents -- Montana and Alaska -- are among not only the nation's coldest states but also both border Canada.

With the exception of New Mexico, all of the bottom 10 states are either east of the Mississippi River or border it (Louisiana and Missouri). New Jersey (28%), Maryland (29%), and Connecticut (31%) join Rhode Island among the bottom 10.

The results are based on a special 50-state Gallup poll conducted June-December 2013, including interviews with at least 600 residents in every state. For the first time, Gallup measured whether residents view their states as "the best possible state to live in," "one of the best possible states to live in," "as good a state as any to live in," or "the worst possible state to live in."

Few Americans say their states are the single best or worst places to live. Rather, the large majority of respondents say their states were either "one of the best" or "as good a state as any" place to live.

One in Four Illinois Residents Say Their State Is the Worst Place to Live

Illinois has the unfortunate distinction of being the state with the highest percentage of residents who say it is the worst possible place to live. One in four Illinois residents (25%) say the state is the worst place to live, followed by 17% each in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Throughout its history, Illinois has been rocked by high-profile scandals, investigations, and resignations from Chicago to Springfield and elsewhere throughout the state. Such scandals may explain why Illinois residents have the least trust in their state government across all 50 states. Additionally, they are among the most resentful about the amount they pay in state taxes. These factors may contribute to an overall low morale for the state's residents.

Texans Most Likely to View the Lone Star State as the Very Best

Although Texas trails Montana and Alaska in terms of its residents rating it as the best or one of the best places to live, it edges out Alaska (27%) and Hawaii (25%) in the percentage of residents who rate it as the single best place to live.

Texans' pride for their state as the single best place to live is not surprising when viewed in the context of other measures. According to Gallup Daily tracking for 2013, Texans rank high on standard of living and trust in their state government, and they are less negative than others are about the state taxes they pay. The same is true for Alaska and, to a lesser extent, Hawaii, which had relatively average scores for trust in state government and state taxes, but ranked high for standard of living. The three also have distinct histories, geographies, natural resources, and environmental features that may contribute to residents' personal enjoyment and pride in their locale.

Bottom Line

Residents with the most pride in their state as a place to live generally boast a greater standard of living, higher trust in state government, and less resentment toward the amount they pay in state taxes. However, the factors that residents use to determine whether their state is a great place to live are not always obvious. West Virginia, for example, falls far behind all other states on a variety of metrics, including economic confidence, well-being, standard of living, and stress levels. Still, over a third of West Virginians feel their state is among the best places to live, giving it a ranking near the middle of the pack.

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Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:44 | 4927738 franzpick
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From Abe Lincoln's Illinois, to GoBombem's Cook County.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:51 | 4927757 THX 1178
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Florida checking in here. Middle of the road? I guess it makes sense- the good weather is cancelled out by the crazy people. If you have a house and a pool you're golden.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 20:58 | 4927779 Jumbotron
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There's a swath of interior Florida from east of Tallahassee down through to maybe Ocala and west along the Nature Coast that's ok if you have land with your house.

Anything south of a Gainsville, Ocala, Palm Coast line.....well.....yeah....crazy people. 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:00 | 4927783 0b1knob
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< State of denial. 

< State of inebriation.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 21:28 | 4927863 weburke
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connecticut  is great, really, except where it isnt.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:05 | 4927960 Meatballs
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And now that would be the entire state. Grew up there and it WAS great, and a good place to be from. Did some traveling in my younger days and went back to raise the kids. Worst mistake of my life. Connecticut has gone completely over the cliff and it isn't coming back in this lifetime. Last one out turn out the lights- the exodus is alarming and completely understandable. Got out last year and grateful.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:22 | 4928007 666
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We in NJ are disappointed to be only number 7 on the worst state to live in list and won't be satisfied until we're number 1! It shouldn't be long now...

Number one! Number One! NUMBER ONE!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:34 | 4928030 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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This survey is fucked. California is at least twice as bad as Illinois.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:54 | 4928069 Bagbalm
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But they love it that way.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:10 | 4928097 redpill
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Except in California at least you have the best weather on the planet.  

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:49 | 4928170 wee-weed up
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Rahm, Baby...

You fukin' bastard!

You need to wipe that smelly Obozo "brown-stuff" off your nose!

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 00:00 | 4928195 Anusocracy
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I would like to know what country Americans think is the best to live in.

 

That way I could be sure not to move there.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 02:16 | 4928369 DirtyWilly
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This should be called the survey of the states with the best weather.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 05:28 | 4928486 MeMadMax
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No idea why montana is #1.

Highest DUI, Extreme meth problems, indian reservations are garbage dumps that people live in, nothing there.

 

About the only thing I can think of is stuff is cheap, no sales tax, used to have no speed limit either =D

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 07:18 | 4928553 Headbanger
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All I can say is FUCK YOU CONNECTICUT!

And please stay there you fucking assholes!

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 07:22 | 4928558 mjcOH1
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"This survey is fucked. California is at least twice as bad as Illinois."

But they have more people on the dole. And for them it's the land of milk and honey.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 08:00 | 4928591 Headbanger
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And fuck you global warming "climate disruption" assholes too!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2014/06/25/government-data-show-...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2681829/Global-warming-latest-Am...

Especially all of you in fucking  Connecticut

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:49 | 4928990 Son of Loki
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Postal Worker Caught On Video Hurling Packages Into Ravine

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/05/postal-worker-throws-package-in...

 

If you live in the Birmingham area, and you're missing a suspicious number of packages, you may want to consider checking your local ravine.

An unidentified United States Postal Service worker in Birmingham, Ala., was caught on video Monday apparently removing some packages from a USPS-branded mail delivery van and then hurling them off a steep embankment by the road. You can see the hurling in question in the video above.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:20 | 4930758 Tall Tom
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They completely missed it. The worst of all possible states to live in is the states of stupidity and confusion.

 

Most everyone on this fucked up planet lives in those states daily.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 01:22 | 4930831 7.62x54r
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The survey lies.

Wyoming is evil. It's full of crazy people like me who carry guns, continually cut the legs out from under the brave people who work for the local .gov, keep taxes stupidly low, and don't believe in supporting the free shit army. The wildlife will eat you. And the weather is bad. Ignore the good press.

Stay away. Especially if you are an ex-Californian living in Colorado.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 09:33 | 4928672 Mr. Ed
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Ha Ha!

Same here... Montana is very regimented, and people have the idea that being tough means being able to put up with whatever crap may come your way and keep your mouth shut... be it from your local gov or your boss!  When it comes to standing up to government shenanigans, people here appear beaten down, they act like sheep.

The air is very clean except when there's a forrest fire nearby (which is a noticeable part of the summer and early fall) OR when one of the local yokels decides to burn plastic and other toxic construction materials (but all the brave Monatanans are afraid to report it to the local police or file a complaint).

Covenants are EVERYWHERE.  Real estate interests run everything.  Most people with less than 200-300K net worth will wind up living in an assemblage of cracker boxes.  We got tons of open acreage, but most people who come here won't have a chance in hell of living on it.  If you do manage to buy land out in the middle of nowhere thinking you'll be left alone, think again.  If it's some rare acreage that's not covenanted, don't worry, a building inspector will be along soon enough!

The wild life is great!  Grizzlies, moose, elk, rattlers... just hope you don't have an up close and personal experience with one.

And the weather?  Well, it's kinda like a cold version of New Jersey.  In the winter, it's reeeeally cold and it blows like hell.  in the heat of summer, when a breeze might be nice, you get dead calm.  And rain?  If it's not raining, wait until tomorrow.

Montana may not be the worst state; but, if you're lookin for the last frontier, you're lookin in the wrong place.

Still, if you're determined, come on out by all means.  We'd sure be grateful to see ya bid the already ludicrous price of land up another couple thousand an acre!

 

PS: if you're looking for "cheap stuff", don't go to Bozeman.

 

 

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 09:37 | 4928708 Pure Evil
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Please tell me why anyone will want to live in America anymore after Obozo gets finished with it in the last two years of his second term.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:38 | 4928792 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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I'm thinking where ever they are importing these biological underage timebombs from to overwhelm the immigration system with is where all the able bodied sane individuals might want to export out of this place to since they are esssentially cleaning house for you in the process. This place is done because the people are done in the main. Unless that changes nothing changes for the better.

If you want to starve the beast and prosper you will probably need to rapture out of this place and start anew elsewhere at this point. You can be free anywhere in the world, liberty and freedom is a lifestyle not some government mandate guaranteed by some idoltry, pieces of paper, uniforms or otheri inanimate objects. Government only works for 'the people' when the people guarantee by their own actions that government is the people same with any institutions in general. When community is destroyed and replaced with networks that relationship also gets destroyed and you have what we have now in America the world in general.

You need strong small communities that voluntarily network together that in turn become small larger community networks and iterate accordingly with other diverse communities without a few pyschopathic assholes trying to control the whole and homgenize and in turn destroy community in the first place.

Systems are always based on simple rules that iterate into larger more complex combinations that can always be reduced back to those simple rules and in turn they have repeatable structure and symmetry. If that doesn't exist the system is fubared and not correct to begin with. That is what we have today to keep the natural process from occuring so a few assholes can always control everything and everyone else.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 16:37 | 4929592 Lore
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re: "without a few pyschopathic assholes trying to control the whole and homgenize and in turn destroy community in the first place."

AMEN. I would add one thing: when you hear words like "AMALGAMATION" and "LIVABLE COMMUNITY," LOOK OUT: the green-fascist-collectivist Agenda 21 control freaks have seized your local govt and want to strip your property rights, "REDEVELOP" and "DENSIFY" your ass, and leave YOU holding the DEBT. 

ICLEI

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:59 | 4928886 Edelweiss
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If you like hunting, camping, mountains, boating, etc., then Montana is awesome.  It's easily my favorite domestic vacation spot.  Where am I from? Illinois, of course.  What does this state offer?  Corn fields, soybean fields, and brown water boating out of the cities.  In the city you get lots of public housing, with a healthy dose of churches, and bars.  Here, I frequently see an EBT dependent piece of trash shuffling around aimlessly.  In many of the western states, it seems like those sights are much less common.  Think I'm living in the wrong state. 

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 18:01 | 4929842 sessinpo
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MeMadMax    No idea why montana is #1.

Highest DUI, Extreme meth problems, indian reservations are garbage dumps that people live in, nothing there.

 About the only thing I can think of is stuff is cheap, no sales tax, used to have no speed limit either =D

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How about that one can live there with such open space and not be intruded as much by government. Meth problems are everywhere and reservations are their own soverign entity.

You don't seem to be Mad Max with your observations and posts.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:39 | 4928838 daxtonbrown
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Break them down by politics and you will see the real trend.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 09:42 | 4928712 all-priced-in
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About 40% of them could not even find the USA on a map if "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" was in bold red letters.

My guess is at least 25% would still give the nod to their home country - Mexico.

 

 

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:45 | 4928856 SameAsItEverWas
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I would like to know what country Americans think is the best to live in.

That's easy.  The prevailing religion in the U.S. is Americanism, which its adherents refer to as American exceptionalism, which is the same as national chauvinism, which is the root enabler of American imperialism and its worldwide bullying.

The hard part for Americans who can see the corruption here is that unlike the 1930s when there were plenty of good places to go, where can we go now?

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 01:50 | 4930853 Theosebes Goodfellow
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~"But they love it that way."~

No, that's not true. They simply didn't understand the question. Try asking them in Spanish instead.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:57 | 4928075 jeff montanye
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i am amazed at connecticutt and rhode island vs., say, alabama and mississippi or nebraska and oklahoma.  

i'm glad they're still not pouring over the georgia line into the ss state.  2008 accompished some things.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 01:22 | 4928319 Carpenter1
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Best possible state= One with least DHS scum

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 19:26 | 4930063 lunaticfringe
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The absolute worst state, Illinois, grabbed the top spot without it's star resident. Bet me he doesn't go back.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 09:42 | 4928714 sylviasays
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California used to be a great place to live until it became a suburb of Mexico.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:31 | 4928960 Jerk_Store
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California used to be a great place to live until it became a suburb of Mexico.

 

California used to be a great place to live when one could afford to live near the coast. Now most of the crackers have been relocated to the valley. 

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 11:53 | 4928976 sylviasays
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"California used to be a great place to live when one could afford to live near the coast. Now most of the crackers have been relocated to the valley."

Crackers in the valley? It's obvious that you haven't been to either the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, or the Central Valley in a while. Once you get away from the coast, you mostly hear either español or a language other than English. The white folks who can't afford to live near the coast are increasingly fleeing the state. 


Sun, 07/06/2014 - 12:27 | 4929078 QQQBall
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correct. paying rent along the coast offsets the cost of private school on the west side

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 14:05 | 4929300 Jerk_Store
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Crackers in the valley? It's obvious that you haven't been to either the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley, or the Central Valley in a while. Once you get away from the coast, you mostly hear either español or a language other than English. The white folks who can't afford to live near the coast are increasingly fleeing the state. 

 

I meant they have moved to the wonderful cities of Manteca, Modesto, Tracy, Lathrop, Folsom, and the greater Sacramento area  etc...

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 15:40 | 4929476 sylviasays
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"I meant they have moved to the wonderful cities of Manteca, Modesto, Tracy, Lathrop, Folsom, and the greater Sacramento area  etc..."

Those are "wonderful cities?" Maybe if you like blistering heat in the summer, neighborhoods full of run down Section 8 rental housing owned by landlords from the Bay Area, gangbangers on the rampage, and cities where you mostly hear either español or a language other than English. Sacramento has the added attraction of being populated with thousands of fat, lazy state workers and corrupt Democrat politicians who are always finding new ways to raise taxes and oppress Californians with more laws and regulations. Again, the white folks who can't afford to live within a few miles of the coast are increasingly fleeing the state.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 16:20 | 4929585 Jerk_Store
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Those are "wonderful cities?" Maybe if you like blistering heat in the summer, neighborhoods full of run down Section 8 rental housing owned by landlords from the Bay Area, gangbangers on the rampage, and cities where you mostly hear either español or a language other than English. Sacramento has the added attraction of being populated with thousands of fat, lazy state workers and corrupt Democrat politicians who are always finding new ways to raise taxes and oppress Californians with more laws and regulations. Again, the white folks who can't afford to live within a few miles of the coast are increasingly fleeing the state.

 

I guess I should have added a /sarc  tag for you. I thought the word "WONDERFUL" was enough.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 03:21 | 4930905 SemperFudge
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He might have meant Simi Valley. Lots of white folks up there.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:49 | 4928060 25or6to4
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@666
Please what ever you do remain in your state. There is a flood of people from NJ in my state (Delaware) voting for the same people who ruined yours. KEEP OUT!

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:23 | 4928117 Never One Roach
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I'm not sure "Texans" actually "enjoy" living in 110 degree heat half the year. First of all, they probably polled very few native Texans and second, most people I know there moved there b/c, a) housing's pretty cheap and b) lots of jobs right now due to the boom there. 25% of drivers have no insurance, crime is pretty high now in the major cities, Austin is rated the most congested mid-size city, open border with the south, gangs proliferating, and so on....

 

People in Montana, Wyoming, etc actually moved there b/c they love it there; the culture, climate, lifestyle, extremely low crime, etc.

 

That's what I suspect.

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 10:16 | 4928786 -.-
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Born & raised Austin resident here:

 

Please don't move here: you'll end up believing the city council and mayor

Please dont' move here: you'll end up making it even further expensive (real estate bubble (rentall too))

Please don't move here: all of those lakes? they are not lakes, they are tumors atop of a physically abused river

Please don't move here: you will end up voting in the next presidential election 

Please don't move here: our city blocks are not long enough to fit all of the fucking cars and the city council                                              continues to fix the problem(s) by taxing land and housing

 

What you see in Austin, Texas nowadays is, well, a New Normal.

What I see in Austin is a big sign driven by its stake into downtown that reads...

AUSTIN, TEXAS: FOR RENTjust contact Chris Riley

Sun, 07/06/2014 - 23:41 | 4930691 CheapBastard
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Austin City Council sold Austonians out to the highest Bidder/Developer looks like. I lived there for awhile in the early 1990's when it was still paradise. When I re-visited in 2011 I was shocked! Hills along 360 torn up and pock marked with massive fugly apartment compexes, cow pastures destroyed by thousands of acres of hardiplank track houses, horrible congestion from that huge race track, pollution from I35 running thru the center of town, crime off 6th Street and South Congress out of control, very expensive houses now from the massive immigration from Cali, and so on.

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Sun, 07/06/2014 - 23:30 | 4930658 WeNeedaRealGovt
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NJ will never be No. 1 since too many leave as soon as they get there.

 

NW USA is the best.  Something for everybody in OR, WA, ID and Mont.

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 00:31 | 4930774 Doña K
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The best places in Illinois, despite the rankings, are two towns right in the center of the state; Sprignfield and Decatur because.......... No matter which way you drive,you are leaving  Illinois.

 

No offence to the locals! I could not resist the joke.

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:28 | 4928017 Titus
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Montana and Alaska are the top two states. I wonder if this has anything to do with:

-the lowest population densities

-the lowest population of immigrants

-the lowest number of jews

-the lowest federal government influence in daily life

and:

-high gun ownership rates

-high value on personal liberty

despite:

-extremely cold, harsh, long winters

Fun fact, when Montanans get annoyed with the amount of people around, they move to Alaska.

 

 

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:55 | 4928058 Dick Buttkiss
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I'm guessing your down votes have to do with your anti-semitism.

That's what my down vote does.

What other ethnic groups do you hate?

Sat, 07/05/2014 - 23:01 | 4928084 25or6to4
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@DickB
Really? That's why he got my up vote. Jews do nothing but complain especially about cold weather and guns. And don't mention no good delis.

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