New data released by the U.S. Census bureau shows people are leaving the State of Illinois in large numbers.
In terms of domestic migration – people moving about within the U.S. – Illinois saw roughly 105,200 more people leave than arrive. When combined with international migration, Illinois still ended up with a loss of 67,500 people.
Illinois net population loss is nearly 22,200 people, or about .17% of its population, when you include natural growth (births minus deaths).
Of the 50 states, Illinois was the top population loser. The next closest loser was West Virginia at -4,623. Florida had the largest net gain at 332,000.
The U.S. Census bureau data takes into account the period from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015.
For an even more in-depth break down of these numbers, check out Reboot Illinois’ article.