No Love For Illinois: Population Keeps Declining

It keeps happening!

December 19, 2018

© Sean Pavone |


In the words of Rihanna, "and I want you to stay."

For the 5th year in a row, Illinois' population is on the decline. 

According to the latest census data, the state is losing an estimated 45,116 resident in 2018. 

That's up from 33,700 residents in 2017.

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Illinois remains the sixth-largest state, with a population estimated at 12,741,080. The state’s population was 12.83 million in 2010, the census figures show.

However, Illinois suffered the second-largest population loss, following only New York, which was down 48.510 people but still has a much larger population overall with 19.5 mmillion. 

We are the only Midwest state to suffer a loss. 

Why do you think people keep leaving Illinois? What can we do to change it? Could it just be more people are passing away and retiring? 

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