Greener Grass…or Not

I read in USA Today last week that almost 50 percent of Americans would like to be living somewhere other than they are now. Americans are evenly split between being happy where they are now and getting out of Dodge. On the other hand, two-thirds of Americans are still living in their home state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. New York and Louisiana top the list of native born residents, both with 82 percent. At the bottom of the list, Nevada counts only 27.8 percent of residents as natives. Retirement states Arizona and Florida, as well as rugged Alaska, show up in the low 40s. The U.S. average is 67.3 percent.

The Washington, D.C. is considerably below average (45.5 percent natives), as are Virginia (56.3) and Maryland (54.3). This does not surprise me in the least. People move here in their 20s to make their mark; whether they stay or not depends on how successful they are.

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