Clearly the West is the best place to live, at least according to a new state pride poll by Gallup.
About 77 percent of people in Alaska and Montana said their state was the best or one of the best places to live in the country. Other western states—including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, California, and Oregon—weren't far behind.
Although most of these residents said their state was "one of the best" places to live, Texans didn't equivocate. Folks in the Lone Star State were the most likely to say their state was the absolute best place to live.
A handful of states east of the Mississippi River counted among the worst places to live, according to residents. About 80 percent of residents in Rhode Island, Illinois, and Mississippi said they were sure the grass was greener pretty much everywhere else.
People with a lot of state pride also "generally boast a greater standard of living, higher trust in state government, and less resentment toward the amount they pay in state taxes," according to Gallup.
What's the bottom line? If you're living in a cold state with mountains, you're probably a proud stater.