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Old 09-17-2007, 11:28 AM
 
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Oh and the state of California,


The Coasts Are Tops as California and New York City Are Most Popular Places People Would Choose to Live, According to Latest Harris Poll



The Harris Poll® #89, September 10, 2007

Easy access to the beach seems to be a key factor in deciding which state people would choose to live. According to a new Harris Poll, California remains number 1 this year, followed by Florida, which moved up from number three and Hawaii, which has dropped from number two. Florida has been in the top three ever since this question was first asked in 1997. When it comes to which city people would live in, New York City comes in as number one for the ninth time (out of the last 10 opportunities), San Diego, CA moves up one spot to second and Seattle, WA also moves up one place to be the third most popular city.

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll®, a nationwide survey of 2,694 adults conducted online between August 7 and 13, 2007 by Harris Interactive®.

The next most popular states in which people would like to live are: North Carolina (#4, remaining the same as last year); Colorado (#5, moving up from #7); Texas (#6, dropping from #5); New York (#7, moving up from #8); Arizona (#8, moving up from #9); and Oregon (#9, moving up from #10). Three states are tied for the tenth spot on this list: Washington (was #6 last year); Tennessee (was #11 last year) and Virginia (was #12 last year).

Age plays a small role in the state people would choose to live in. The top choice for Baby Boomers (those aged 43-61) would be Hawaii, while California is tops for the other generations. For Echo Boomers (those aged 18-30), Texas moves up and is their number 2 choice. Generation Xers (those aged 31-42) and Matures (those 62 and older) break ranks with their 5th spot; for Gen Xers it is Pennsylvania and for Matures, the number 5 position goes to Oregon.


Favorite U.S. Cities to Live In


After NYC, San Diego and Seattle, the trend is to go West with one exception: San Francisco, CA (which dropped from #2 to #4). Las Vegas, NV remained the same as last year (#5); while Orlando, FL (#6, jumping up from #14), Honolulu, HI (#7, dropping from #6), Phoenix, AZ (#8, moving up from tied for #12), Denver, CO (tied for #9, dropping from tied for #7) and Los Angeles, CA (tied for #9, up from #11) all changed positions. Returning to the list of the 15 top cities this year are Charlotte, NC at #13 and Miami, FL at #15. Dropping out of the top 15 are Atlanta, GA (tied for #7) and Nashville, TN (#15).



STATES WHERE MOST PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO LIVE - APART FROM THEIR OWN STATE

"If you could live in any state in the country, except the state you live in now, what state would you choose to live in?"


1997 / 1998 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007


California 3 / 3 / 2 / 5 / 2 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1

Florida 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 2 / 2 / 2 / 3 / 2

Hawaii 7 / =7 / =9 / 7 / 3 / 3 / 3 / 3 / 2 / 3

North Carolina 6 / 4 / 4 / 3 / 7 / 5 / 8 / =8 / 4 / 4

Colorado 4 / 2 / 3 / 2 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 7 / 5

Texas 10 / =7 / 5 / =10 / 12 / 14 / 7 / =8 / 5 / 6

New York * / =15 / * / =10 / 8 / 8 / 5 / 5 / 8 / 7

Arizona 2 / 5 / 6 / 4 / 6 / 6 / 6 / 6 / 9 / 8

Oregon 9 / 9 / 15 / 14 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 7 / 10 / 9

Washington 8 / 12 / 8 / 6 / 5 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 6 / =10

Tennessee 5 / 6 / 13 / 15 / 10 / 7 / * / 10 / 11 / =10

Virginia 14 / 11 / =9 / =8 / =14 / =12 / 9 / 12 / 12 / =10

Georgia 11 / 14 / 12 / =8 / 13 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 13 / 13

Pennsylvania * / * / * / * / * / * / * / * / 14 / 14

Alaska 15 / 15 / =9 / 13 / =14 / =12 / 15 / 14 / * / 15

= Tied for that position

* Not in top 15.



U.S. CITIES PEOPLE WOULD MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN OR NEAR TO

"If you could live in or near any city in the country except the one you live in or nearest to now, which city would you choose?"


1997 / 1998 / 1999 / 2000 / 2001 / 2002 / 2003 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007


New York, NY 1 / 2 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1

San Diego, CA =7 / =7 / 9 / 5 / =2 / 8 / 2 / 2 / 3 / 2

Seattle, WA 2 / 4 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 3 / =9 / 5 / 4 / 3

San Francisco, CA =5 / 1 / 3 / =6 / =2 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 2 / 4

Las Vegas, NV * =15 / 12 / =6 / =5 / =14 / 4 / 3 / 5 / 5

Orlando, FL * / * / * / * / * / * / 12 / * / 14 / 6

Honolulu, HI * / * / * / * / * / * / =13 / 8 / 6 / 7

Phoenix, AZ 3 / =5 / 10 / =10 / 10 / * / 7 / 13 / =12 / 8

Denver, CO 4 / =5 / 6 / 4 / =5 / =6 / =9 / 7 / =7 / =9

Los Angeles, CA * / 14 / =13 / =12 / 11 / 10 / 5 / 12 / 11 / =9

Chicago, IL 10 / =12 / 5 / =6 / =7 / =6 / 6 / 6 / 9 / 11

Boston, MA =7 / =7 / 7 / 9 / =7 / 12 / =13 / 11 / 10 / 12

Charlotte, NC 14 / * / * / * / =13 / * / * / * / * / 13

Portland, OR 12 / =12 / =15 / =12 / =13 / =14 / 8 / 10 / =12 / 14

Miami, FL 13 / * / * / =14 / =13 / 11 / =15 / * / * / 15


= Tied for that position

* Not in top 15


http://www.harrisinteractive.com/har...ex.asp?PID=805
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Old 09-17-2007, 04:09 PM
 
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Everybody secretly wants to be a NYer. It's definitely the best place to live if you have money.
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Old 09-17-2007, 06:46 PM
 
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Oh and the state of California,


The Coasts Are Tops as California and New York City Are Most Popular Places People Would Choose to Live, According to Latest Harris Poll

Harris Interactive | The Harris Poll - The Coasts Are Tops as California and New York City Are Most Popular Places People Would Choose to Live

"Would" choose to live... what, if their feet weren't made of concrete?

Polls like this are really dumb. I would like to be a billionaire--and, if I was, I would probably buy a house in the West Village. I would also like for the Mets never to lose to the Phillies again. Oh, and I would like to be able to fly.

The reason people move not to New York and California but to places like Arizona and Nevada is not because of some failure to follow their dreams but because housing on the coasts is absurdly expensive, the schools are terrible, etc.
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Old 09-17-2007, 07:54 PM
 
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all human beings have a natural instinct to live near large bodies of water
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:57 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Those who want to be New Yorkers have to live in our city to see how much they really don't.
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Old 09-17-2007, 10:01 PM
 
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NYC is the most populated and famous city in the USA. Same for Cali in terms of states. Obviously these two places would win or be close to the top.

I feel as though most people would love to visit NYC, but those same people would not want to live here. It's not for everyone. A lot of people do not like urban living and NYC takes that to the extreme.
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Old 09-18-2007, 07:48 PM
 
Location: hinesburg, vt
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NYC is the most populated and famous city in the USA. Same for Cali in terms of states. Obviously these two places would win or be close to the top.

I feel as though most people would love to visit NYC, but those same people would not want to live here. It's not for everyone. A lot of people do not like urban living and NYC takes that to the extreme.
Just look at how many ex-NYC residents (especially born and raised) are scattered throughout the US from the past decades. A good amount of us still like the occassional visit, but there is a reason we are NYers.
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:24 PM
 
Location: manhattan
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Just look at how many ex-NYC residents (especially born and raised) are scattered throughout the US from the past decades. A good amount of us still like the occassional visit, but there is a reason we are NYers.
Because you all are too poor to afford it. It's not our fault.

The only two places worth living in this country are SoCal and NYC metro and both of those have many middle-class fleeing but we all know that they are the only places worth mentioning.
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Old 09-18-2007, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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Of course you'll want to live in New York City, after seeing shows like Friends and Sex and the City.
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