Rockford ranks #3 in steepest population loss in the Midwest

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — According to a new report from Business Insider, Rockford’s 5.8% population loss between 2010 and 2018 ranks it as the 3rd highest in the Midwest.

Rockford lost 20,375 residents in those 8 years, the publication reported, using data from the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates program.

Illinois was hit hardest by out-migration overall.

Of the 20 cities on the list, Danville ranked #1 with a 6.7% loss; Decatur placed #2 with a 6.5% loss; Peoria was at #6 with a 4.9% drop; Kankakee at #8 with 4.7%; Chicago-Naperville-Elgin at #10 with 3.9%; Carbondale at #12 with 3.3%; Bloomington at #13 with 2.8%; and Springfield with a 2.5% decline.

Ohio was second to Illinois in out-migration, with 4 cities appearing on the list.

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