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Land of Leaving: Illinois lost 6.5 residents per 1,000 people last year

Kevin HoffmanReboot Illinois

Dec 28, 2016

Illinois experienced the biggest mid-year population loss of any state between 2015 and 2016.

The latest U.S. Census Bureau estimates show Illinois lost 37,508 people in the past year that ended June 30, making the Land of Lincoln just one of two states with fewer people now than at the time of the 2010 census, during which the population was approximately 12,831,574.

Illinois’ population saw steady growth from 2010 to 2013 when it peaked at 12,879,505, thanks in large part to natural increases (births exceeding deaths) and international immigration offsetting losses from domestic emigration. But last year, 1,071 fewer people…

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