New Mexico ranks 2nd on state pride map

Updated: 07/24/2014 8:42 AM | Created: 07/24/2014 8:33 AM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Okay, our state’s economy may be in a rut. We may be up to our eyeballs in orange barrels and last place in turn signal use. But one thing we’re not short on is self-esteem. New Mexico is near the top of a ranking of states based on how proud people are to live there.

Movoto Real Estate Blog did a massive Facebook survey, looking for what percentage of people in each state “liked” their home state. New Mexico came in second, with more than 48 percent of us saying we “like” our state.  Ohio was first, with 55 percent “liking” the Buckeye State. Alaska was third. Our famously proud neighboring state of Texas ranked ninth. We found plenty of Texas tourists on the historic plaza in Santa Fe Thursday afternoon.

“I like it here, but Texas is God’s country,” said Rhonda Fitzwater of Bonham, TX. “I like it here, it’s pretty, and we’ve enjoyed what shopping we’ve done. New Mexico should be proud.”

“Yes, New Mexicans have a right to be proud,” said Jamie Garibaldi of Childress, TX. “It’s a little different environment here. It’s nice and cool weather. We’re proud of Texas, too.”

Which state has the least pride? You won’t believe it – California! Only 20 percent of the people say they “like” their state!

See all the rankings: State Pride Map

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