Between June and December 2013, Gallup asked residents of all 50 states this question: “Regardless of whether you will move, if you had the opportunity, would you like to move to another state, or would you rather remain in your current state?” 47 percent of Marylanders said they’d like to be free of the Free State.
In case you didn’t know, that’s almost half (!) and puts Marylanders just behind Illinoisans (50 percent) and Connecticuters (49 percent) in percentage of residents who would like to trade in their license plates.
Average desire to move across all 50 states was 33 percent. Montanans, Hawaiians, and Mainers tied for most content with only 23 percent saying they’d move out if they had the chance.
But of course that’s not actual intent to move. Of the more than 600 Maryland residents surveyed only 17 percent characterized themselves as “extremely,” “very,” or “somewhat” likely to move to another state within the next 12 months. That number may still look rather large at first glance (and even in that stat Maryland ranks pretty high), but it needs to be paired with the number of people likely to move to the state to know where our population stats are headed.
On the other hand, 47 percent is too high to explain away, even taking into account all of the peculiar factors that may go into the results (such as climate or residents’ median age), though I’d like to see a Venn diagram that showed the overlap between Marylanders who said they want out and those who are actually threatening to secede.