Illinois is losing more citizens than nearly every other state, and according to reports, the biggest reason citizens are leaving is that they can no longer afford to live in the Land of Lincoln.
Certainly, Americans move from place to place for a large variety of reasons. From new jobs, to schooling, to weather and family, Americans are a people motivated by the need for change. But in Illinois, one of the major reasons to seek a change of venue is because the state is simply taxing them out of their homes, according to Chicago’s WGN TV.
According to reports, Illinois alone lost 33,703 citizens to outward migration last year. In 2016, the state lost another 37,508 people. A report by the Chicago Tribune also noted that Chicago has been a net loser of its citizens for the last three years running. And the surrounding county was also a net loser of its population.
Indeed, Chicago is unique in the U.S. for being the only major city that has consistently lost citizens over the last five years. The Tribune’s editorial board even published an editorial saying that it no longer makes any sense to live in Illinois.
Because so many citizens are leaving, Illinois dropped from fifth-largest state to number six in 2017, the Tribune reported last year.
Illinois Had Largest Population Drop This Year: Census Bureau
Illinois is no longer the fifth most-populated state, after losing tens of thousands of residents in a one-year period. U.S. Census Bureau data released Wednesday revealed that the Prairie State lost 33,703 residents between July 2016 and July 2017, slipping down a notch among the most-populated states. The drop puts Illinois at No. 5 just behind Pennsylvania, which saw an increase in population this year after a few years of decline.
According to the Census Bureau, Illinois’ current population is 12,802,023, which is about 3,500 people fewer than Pennsylvania. The Land of Lincoln had the largest numeric decline, but with such a large population, it amounted to a change of just .72 percent. Wyoming, on the other hand, had the largest percentage decline at 1 percent.