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Study: Western and Midwestern Residents Have More State Pride

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — State pride is much more common in western and midwestern states, according to a new Gallup poll.

With the exception of New Hampshire and Vermont, all of the top 10 resident-rated states are west of the Mississippi River.

When asked to rate their state, 77 percent of both Montanans and Alaskans said their home is the best or one of the best places to live. Texans were most likely to say their state is the absolute best to live — 28 percent of people polled voiced that opinion, compared with 24 percent of Montanans and 27 percent of Alaskans.

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Residents of Rhode Island and Illinois were the least likely to praise their states, with only 18 percent and 19 percent of residents, respectively, saying their state is one of the best places to live.

In fact, 25 percent of Illinois residents polled said their state is probably the worst possible state to in which to live.

Only 47 percent of Virginians and 29 percent of Marylanders said their state is a great home.

The results are based on interviews conducted between June and December of 2013 with at least 600 residents of each state.

To see the full Gallup poll rankings, click here.

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