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Poll: Arizona ranks high as place to live, and not live

PHOENIX -- A new Harris interactive poll reported that Arizona ranks high on the list of places where people want to live and also ranks high as a place that people do not want to call home.

According to the poll, Arizona is seventh on the list of states that Americans would like to live. By contrast, the poll put Arizona 10th on the list of places where Americans don't want to live.

"These are opinions. You really need to look at the facts," said Barry Broome, who runs the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

"People are still moving here," he said, adding that in the past three years more than 100 companies have moved into the state.

"I don't see anything that suggests we won't be a top- destination state for people, for industry and talent."

Broome estimated 800,000 people will move into Arizona in the next decade.

The poll of 2,200 Americans found that California is the state that most Americans either want to live or skip completely.

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About the Author


Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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