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The Quad Cities may be one community, but recent polls show some big differences between our two states. A recent Gallup poll says 25 percent of Illinois residents say it's the worst state in the country to live in. Meanwhile a separate poll says iowa is one of america's most content states.  It's number ten on that list and TV 6 decided to find out why.

With only the river dividing the Illinois and Iowa Quad Cities, overall residents say they like where they live.

"It's a good area. People are very active here in the Quad Cities," said Iowa resident Anna Nusslock.

Residents did agree on how they felt about character-traits of people that live here.
" People here are very kind to each other," said Nusslock.
"We're nice people," said Iowa resident Dianna Blake.

Wether you're nice or not, a study shows that 25 percent of Illinois residents believe they live in the worst state in the country. Some residents say it's the truth.  "it's one of the worst states in the country.used to be one of the top states in the country where we had plenty of jobs, economy was great, schools were great. unfortunately that's not the case now," said Illinois resident Timothy Ford.

Other Illinois residents disagree. "I believe illinois is a great state. i think that's one perspective. When you're looking for fault, you can always find a reason not to like or to like something," Melvin Walton.

Some issues residents have with the state, they say could be easy to fix. "Maybe some of the elected officials...if they weren't in office that would help....if the schools were better," said Ford.

Meanwhile just across the river in Iowa, residents say they are content.  In fact, Iowa places tenth as a one of america's most content states."We're up to date on what's going on. we're a progressive state. we value education. we value simplicity. we know how to live," said  Blake. Those we talked to say they have opportunities to support their lifestyles, like jobs.
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