Most Americans are nothing if not passionate. They’re passionate about the work they do, the food they eat, what they stand for… and certainly where they live. New Yorkers, Californians, Texans—these residents have well-deserved reputations for being loud and proud. But it’s not just people on the Pacific Coast, or in the Northeast. People all over, from the Heartland to the Midwest, have strong opinions about where they’d like to live.
It turns out, those opinions change depending on the time of year. Where Midwesterners want to be in summer, for example, isn’t always where they want to be in winter—for obvious weather-related reasons.
Let’s start with the Midwest. As noted, Midwesterners aren’t so thrilled with being in the Midwest in winter. In fact, only nine percent of Midwesterners want to be “home for Christmas,” so to speak. Midwesterners, in total, were the most miserable region during wintertime. Wisconsinites, specifically, professed a longing for Hawaii—32 percent of Wisconsin residents would rather be wearing a luau than longjohns.
What about Hawaiians? Well, as part of the Pacific Coast region, most of Hawaiians are just fine at home. Seventy-five percent of Pacific Coasters want to be no place other than home, in either winter or summer. The Pacific Coast comprises residents of Alaska, California, Oregon, and Washington state—in addition to Hawaii.
Residents of Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Colorado comprise the Mountain region, and the people in this region are, generally, fine at home; 31 percent of them feel good about being Mountainers in the summertime. They feel even better, though, about being on the Pacific Coast—47 percent of Mountainers would rather go further west in the summer.
In winter? That’s a different story. Exactly half of Mountain residents would rather be on the Pacific Coast during the winter months. Incidentally, residents of the Southwest (Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma) agree. Almost 40 percent of Southwesterners would rather be on the Pacific Coast come wintertime. That’s in spite of the great weather they already enjoy!
Northeasterners, believe it or not, also have a West Coast affinity (though they might deny it if you ask). In the wintertime, 38 percent of Northeast residents (Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, New Hampshire and Maine) would rather be on the Pacific Coast. In the summertime, though, a near majority of Northeasterners—almost half—are happy at home.
For more on Americans’ regional and seasonal living preferences, check out the full graphic.