Don’t mess with Texas, Montana, or Alaska—the residents of these three states are among those with the most state pride, according to a new Gallup poll.
The research company interviewed at least 600 residents in each of the 50 states and asked whether their home was “the best possible state to live in,” “one of the best possible states to live in,” “as good a state as any to live in,” or “the worst possible state to live in.” Montanans and Alaskans responded with the most enthusiasm, with 77 percent of the participants in both states saying theirs is the best, or one of the best, places to live. Utah, Wyoming, and Texas followed with 70, 69, and 68 percent of residents answering the same way.
On the other hand, not every state’s citizens were quite so positive about their home. Leading the states with the lowest levels of pride were Rhode Island (only 18 percent of participants said the Plantation State is the best or one of the best spots to live in America), Illinois (19 percent), and Mississippi (26 percent)>
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