10 States Americans Voted They Would Relocate to if Expelled From Their Own

Random people spending too much time on a hypothetical scenario is one of the hallmarks of life on the internet. Recently, a group of Americans met in an online discussion to reveal the states they would move to if – somehow – they were expelled from their home states. It was an eye-opening conversation that shed some light on which states are the most desirable in 2023!

1. California

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Unsurprisingly, California was the no-brainer top selection by the majority of people. It’s clear why California is so desirable, and according to many, the promise of perfect year-round weather is too compelling to pass up. In addition, although the cost of living is high in many areas of the state, many people confess that their dream is to one day live there – regardless of the cost. 

2. Washington 

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The Pacific Northwest is an ideal landing spot for many, and multiple Americans cited Washington as their preferred destination. “It checks my boxes – progressive politics, a temperate climate, and beautiful landscapes,” one woman explains. Lots of good jobs with a vibrant and diversified economy, with Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks leading the way. I’d move there in a heartbeat.”

3. South Carolina

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Being close to an ocean is a priority for millions of Americans, and when you factor in snow-less winters, South Carolina is an obvious choice. “I don’t like cold weather, I don’t like places that aren’t humid (no southwest states for me), and I want to live near the coast,” one man reveals. In addition, coastal towns like Charleston have exploded in popularity in recent years – so clearly, South Carolina lovers are on to something here. 

4. Maine

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It’s interesting to hear people’s reasons for moving to a different state because it’s mostly almost entirely weather-based! “I can tell you now, I’d avoid any warm or hot state like the plague,” reports one woman.

“Words cannot describe my vehement hatred for summer or any temperature above 77 degrees. So Maine would be where I’d go.” But, of course, who will tell this gentleman that the average July temperature in Maine is 80 degrees? 

5. Montana

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Only one person would move to Montana – someone who wants to be left alone and surrounded by mountains. Yet, shockingly, countless people express interest in moving to Montana, as the prospect of living a peaceful existence surrounded by some of the most majestic nature in the United States is too good to pass up. 

6. Oregon

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For many, Oregon is the logical next-best choice if Washington is too expensive to move to. The state shares many of the same traits as Washington, with the bonus of being a haven for lovers of the outdoors and craft beer! 

7. Hawaii

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Imagine living on one of Hawaii’s many secluded islands, away from the mainland United States. From the perfect weather, the peaceful culture, and the fantastic food, it’s no surprise that Hawaii topped many people’s lists of the states they’d be interested in moving to. 

8. Minnesota

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Although I’ve never visited Minnesota before, the jury is in: it’s the home to the friendliest people in America, according to countless people. Who wouldn’t want to live amongst people like that?

9. New Hampshire

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Sometimes a balanced state is the most desirable. A place like New Hampshire is ideal for many because it doesn’t skew too extreme in any direction in politics, weather, and population. “It strikes me as a state I would like,” confesses one woman. “The quiet, the scenery, not overcrowded. I’m unsure how I would adjust to the long winters, but I hate the summer heat.”

10. Arizona

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If you strip California of everything that makes it unique, sprinkle in affordable housing, and jack up the average temperature by 20 degrees, you have Arizona. Despite the abovementioned factors, it’s surprising how many people reveal they’d move to Arizona if expelled from their home state. Maybe these people always wanted to know what running an air-conditioner year-round is like.

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