High taxes, government dysfunction, lack of good paying jobs, a high crime rate and event a harsh climate. There are a lot of factors which can convince people to leave Illinois, and an analysis of current census data the website Wallethub.com shows many are leaving.
The analysis ranked Rockford 476th out of 515 metropolitan areas in terms of population growth/loss. As low as a rank that is, other metropolitan areas across the state did worse. Springfield came in at 496 while Peoria ranked at 500 and Decatur ranked in the bottom five at 512.
Even Chicago, which weathered the Great Recession and its aftermath better than most of the rest of the state ranked at 370. The highest ranked Illinois city in the analysis was Elgin at 293.
The Dallas suburb of Frisco, TX ranked first while Shreveport, LA finished last.