Wednesday, August 22, 2001

More look to
live in Hawaii

By Russ Lynch

Hawaii has moved up four places on a national wish list of places where people would like to live, but it still hasn't reached the top spot. That distinction belongs to Florida, at the top for five years in a row according to results issued today from an annual survey by the Harris Poll.

Hawaii moved to third spot from seventh last year, with California in second place, up from fifth. Aside from California and Hawaii, states moving up this year were Oregon, to ninth from 14th, and Tennessee, to 10th from 15th.

The states growing in popularity edged some others farther down the list. Colorado slipped to fourth place from second, North Carolina moved to seventh from third, Arizona went to sixth place from fourth and Georgia fell to 13th place from eighth. This year, Virginia, Alaska and Massachusetts tied for 14th place.

Pollsters quizzed 1,022 adults nationwide and asked them where they would choose to live if they could live in any state other than their current one. Harris said the range of people questioned and the way the poll was conducted leaves a 95 percent probability that the answers fit the whole population, with a margin for error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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