Which States Do Young People Like Best? Not The Ones You Think.

We admit it, we’ve been a little pollobsessed lately. But last week, a poll caught our attention that had nothing to do with the upcoming GOP primaries in Michigan and Ohio. The poll was done by Public Policy Polling and it basically ranks U.S. states based on popularity.

Turns out, the Midwest didn’t do so hot. No Midwestern states were in the top 10, and Illinois had one of the lowest scores of all states. But buried deep in the data, we noticed that opinions of states varied hugely depending on who was being polled. And, since we spend a lot of time in the Midwest talking about how to attract young people, we wondered how the poll results would be different if you just looked at people aged 18-29. So we put together some charts. As you can see, the results are a little surprising. Tennessee? Really?

3 Replies to “Which States Do Young People Like Best? Not The Ones You Think.”

  1. RJ, we actually had this discussion as we were making the chart. I know Missouri is in the Midwest census group, but I personally tend to think of it as a “Big 12” state, and more in the group of Nebraska and Kansas. 

    Needless to say, now I think maybe we should’ve highlighted it. We’ll try to make it up to Missouri in the future!

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