Skip to comments.The Coasts Are Tops as California and NYC Are Most Popular Places People Would Choose to Live
Posted on 09/10/2007 9:30:04 AM PDT by qam1
Easy access to the beach seems to be a key factor in deciding which state people would choose to live. According to a new Harris Poll, California remains number 1 this year, followed by Florida, which moved up from number three and Hawaii, which has dropped from number two. Florida has been in the top three ever since this question was first asked in 1997. When it comes to which city people would live in, New York City comes in as number one for the ninth time (out of the last 10 opportunities), San Diego, CA moves up one spot to second and Seattle, WA also moves up one place to be the third most popular city.
These are some of the results of The Harris Poll®, a nationwide survey of 2,694 adults conducted online between August 7 and 13, 2007 by Harris Interactive®.
The next most popular states in which people would like to live are: North Carolina (#4, remaining the same as last year); Colorado (#5, moving up from #7); Texas (#6, dropping from #5); New York (#7, moving up from #8); Arizona (#8, moving up from #9); and Oregon (#9, moving up from #10). Three states are tied for the tenth spot on this list: Washington (was #6 last year); Tennessee (was #11 last year) and Virginia (was #12 last year).
Age plays a small role in the state people would choose to live in. The top choice for Baby Boomers (those aged 43-61) would be Hawaii, while California is tops for the other generations. For Echo Boomers (those aged 18-30), Texas moves up and is their number 2 choice. Generation Xers (those aged 31-42) and Matures (those 62 and older) break ranks with their 5th spot; for Gen Xers it is Pennsylvania and for Matures, the number 5 position goes to Oregon.
Favorite U.S. Cities to Live In
After NYC, San Diego and Seattle, the trend is to go West with one exception: San Francisco, CA (which dropped from #2 to #4). Las Vegas, NV remained the same as last year (#5); while Orlando, FL (#6, jumping up from #14), Honolulu, HI (#7, dropping from #6), Phoenix, AZ (#8, moving up from tied for #12), Denver, CO (tied for #9, dropping from tied for #7) and Los Angeles, CA (tied for #9, up from #11) all changed positions. Returning to the list of the 15 top cities this year are Charlotte, NC at #13 and Miami, FL at #15. Dropping out of the top 15 are Atlanta, GA (tied for #7) and Nashville, TN (#15).
Top 15 States
Top 15 cities
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Los Angeles, CA
All I can say it that wherever you go, there you are. I’m perfectly happy in the hills of West Virginia. I can’t think of anything quite as boring as sitting on a beach all day.
For the record, the last two places in the nation that I’d choose to live would be in the hell holes of urban NY or CA...and I live in Louisiana...
Beaches are the reason people like to live in a particular state, Colorado is number five on the list, something missing?
The popularity of Florida still eludes me. I just can’t imagine living in a hurricane zone.
What about Aspen, Vail, or Lake Tahoe — resort towns w/ no pollution? How can people pretend to enjoy traffic jams and foul air? That’s not paradise.
You've never seen the Colorado ocean? It's a sight to behold.
One would assume that geo-demographic statistics would demonstrate which areas of the US are most desirable simply by viewing which areas are gaining in population and which are in decline. To use a poll to determine where people prefer to live would result in bias towards where the respondent currently lives.
Oh, gee, look at that, California and NYC are among the most populated places, so people must want to live there. Of course, pay no attention to the recent declining population trends.
I suspect that people list the cities and states they would enjoy vacationing in, thinking that living there would be the same experience. It wouldn’t be.
Huh? No offense to any Keystone staters out there, but PA is NOT where this Gen Xer would go, if he could get out of NJ.
Even from atop a 14,000 foot peak I haven't been able to see far enough to spot an ocean. Blue Mesa is the closest thing to a major body of water that I know of.
Courtesy of the US Army, I got to see quite a bit of the states and the world for that matter...there are lots of the proverbial “nice places to visit,” where people wouldn’t want to live.
North Carolina, Colorado, Texas, and Virginia are all places that I have lived (unfortunately the culture is being ruined by liberal yuppie/pop-culture sheep whom (READ Liberal for all yall that moved from the NE and CA to get away from weirdos-those that acutally like the native culture; We welcome you ;)) are from NE and California that want to turn our US paradise states into socialist-communist colonies of which they left..
Colorado used to be a mountainous paradise (open beautiful mountains-there biggest city denver was merely a commerce center for the livstock industry, and a transportation (RR) hub back in the day..now california wants to fornicate on it!0).
Both sides of my family have ties going back eighty or ninety years in Colorado.
I drove through The Rocky Mountain National Park two years ago, it has to be right near the top of the most beautiful places in the country, plus it was the first time I had ever seen it snow in June.
The screen saver on my computer has a series of pictures taken on the fourth of July at a little over 9,000 feet, we had a snow storm that turned everything white.
If you live at the beach you don’t lay on the beach all day. You walk along the surf for exercise or swim, surf, scuba, free dive, fish, boat, barbecue, and buy little chairs, umbrellas, and coolers so that when you are on the beach you are comfortable. It’s not a terrible life.
I was at Yellowstone one year when it snowed in July.
It seems half of NYC is already in Los Angeles. You should have seen all the "NY Deli's" that sprung up after a mass influx in the 70's. They are busily turning (already turned?) L.A. into NYC West, politics and all.
I would like to visit NYC but I would never live there.
Point taken, just not my cup of tea. I also happen to favor fair skinned women, go figure.
Definitely true of Honolulu. Big difference between being on a mission to spend all you money and sleep in every morning, to commuting and doing the 8-5.
Same observation on San Diego. Lived there six years and grew to hate the place, mostly due to crowds and traffic.
Wow dude, do they, like, you know, play a lot of grunge music there?
Me neither. How in the world did they come up PA?
I can’t imagine wanting to live in Las Vegas, I don’t even want to visit there.
In Florida, we like to vacation in the mountains.
My family beside my parents (grandparents, ect all live around Denver).
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So, the most popular places to live are...
...the places where the most people live!
Too many people must have absolutely nothing productive to do with their time.
Pennsylvania would be an improvement over NJ, but I can't picture that many people from other parts of the country from choosing it.
What I can't get is why Gen-Xers would want to move to Florida with all the old people
So just like cars and mates, when it comes to somewhere to live people also go for what’s pretty.
People are shocked when they arrive at Santa Monica Beach and its full of Mejis and rated F for water quality.
Its a different story for people who already live there.
1. New York: In the words of Joey Ramone "the city where dey has it all!". Greatest city in the world, despite all the douchebag trustafarians who pour in from Ohio and Arizona.
2. Miami: BEAUTIFUL women, great nightlife, no income tax, and right-to-carry. Downside: NO HIGH CULTURE to speak off and the weather sucks (tropical storms and humidity that makes a sauna feel like Arizona).
3. Chicago: Nice place. Difficult to get good seafood and not as easy to get around by mass transit as New York. Still, one of the only two TRUE cities in the US.
4. Seattle: My least favorite. Homeless junkies everywhere, women who don't shave, locals who smile at you but "don't want to get too close", bad ethnic food (other than Chinese or Filipino). I also did not see the sun for nine months when I lived there. Nice countryside (the Cascades, San Juan Islands), but the city was rather pedestrian.
Check again. New York has GAINED population since 1990, to say nothing of the fact that it and parts of California have the most expensive real estate prices in the world.
But hey, if you want to live in a mindless exurbia of strip malls in a desert (Phoenix) just so you can pay $300,000 for a house that would cost close to a Mil by me, be my guest!
Man I hate that place.
Vegas is a great place for conventions, but no, I can't live in a friggin' desert (see Sam Kinison).
A decade ago, when I retired, I couldn’t understand how the cities, I didn’t want to visit let alone live in due to crime, illegal aliens then, and filthy streets could be in the top 10 to 20 cities to live in America.
After a Money mag and I believe CNN survey, I called up one of my MBA Profs, who was a master in statistics and asked him about the latest survey of most desireable cities.
His reply was that these so called surveys were geared to make liberal cities look like great edens to live in. Seldom was crime, property taxes and cost of living addressed in the surveys. Artsy fartsy stuff was rated high on the scales versus reality of living. The illegal alien issue was ignore or praised as some of those cities 10 years ago became sanctuaries for illegal aliens.
When we view the cities listed as the most desireable in these so called surveys, most of them are cess pool blue cities with high crime rates including murder/rape and assualt crimes. Their tax rates are incredible. Their so called news comes uber liberal fishwraps and local tv/radio stations. Many are so called sanctuaries for illegal aliens. Often the reality is those with money and common sense are leaving those blue Cess Pools of hell and going to the suburbs or out state after they sell their homes.
That prof moved from San Diego to San Clemente shortly after my contact with him. He felt San Diego was being over run by illegal aliens, who brough third world crime and morality to San Diego.
In most of the major cities (NY, Chicago, San Diego) you can live quite comfortably and safely if you have the money.
“In most of the major cities (NY, Chicago, San Diego) you can live quite comfortably and safely if you have the money.”
I’m afraid that comment receives the “DUH” award for the morning and maybe the day. How about the non rich and middle class people in those cities.
Whew! Safe for another year, far from the madding mob.
In NYC, the teachers either live in Mitchell-Lama housing or, like everyone else, live in tiny apartments in the outer boroughs. The cops commute from exurbia, but since they do four days a week, they can get away with driving 50+ miles to work.
I can honestly tell you that the worst place to be poor east of the Mississippi and north of DC is NYC. Even if you want to live in the ghetto, you'll be paying $1400 for a pre-war one bedroom.
” surveys were geared to make liberal cities look like great edens to live in...crime, property taxes and cost of living not addressed ... illegals...high tax rates ...”
What is not to love ?
In the two wine counties north of San Francisco. A home in a locked gate community in a high cost community often brings $300,000 to about $1 million more than similiar homes in the same area without the locked gates.
Why? Because of the higher levels of security that a locked gate community promises.
Areas closer to the crime ridden eden of San Francisco will bring even more for a home in a locked gate community.
Even that may not bring security and peace of mind. I recently traded some fly fishing gear with a fellow living in a 24/7/365 manned locked gate community east of San Jose. The community had its own private security guards on motor patrol 24/7. Apparently, someone turned us into the real police while we were on the curb trading the gear. The local cops came by and knew the guy and one was a fly fisher. This was a little after noon time on a Saturday with people around their homes and driving to and from them.
I asked my host what the increased level of security was all about. He said the homes were like banks with Willy Sutton. So every neighborhood had a block watch group.
Then, I asked him what the extra cost was per month, and he said “Don’t Ask!”.
As we left the area, my wife commented, “Must be tough to be middle or lower upper class and live North East of San Jose and SE of Oakland/Berkley.”
I discussed this list with a friend, who is a very successful realtor in this area.
She has realtor friends in these so called high desireable west coast cities. She said that the enviros own the cities and have severe restrictions on new homes and often on major retros on existing homes.
So the market is limited re number of liveable units with these restrictions. That drives up the cost of homes. Then when these left wing surveys come out spreading the gospel of Edens in these cities, that increases the demand even more. Which increases the cost of the existing homes.
One good thing about this is that the liberals often live together in the cities. They can raise their own taxes, promote diversity...
The problem is when they leave and bring their stupid ideas that did not work in their cities into our communities. We then get out voted for their programs spending our money.
“The problem is when they leave and bring their stupid ideas that did not work in their cities into our communities. We then get out voted for their programs spending our money.”
Just about every nice community/town, city in the US has been invaded by left wingers bringing the same destructive socialist programs in the past two decades.