Via the Chicago Tribune: "Illinois’ population decreased in 2019 by an estimated 51,250 people, or 0.4%, marking the sixth consecutive year the state has lost residents, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau."
"In examining population trends in Illinois over the past year, the Tribune found that a decrease in the number of people moving to Illinois from other states and countries has exacerbated the impact of declining birthrates and increasing numbers of people moving out of the state."
"The same data shows that Illinois actually improved last year on the rate of domestic out-migration, or people moving out of Illinois to another state. In 2017, Illinois ranked as the 21st worst state, with a rate of 26.8 people leaving Illinois per 1,000 residents. By 2018 the rate had fallen to 24.2, and the state’s ranking improved, to the 32nd worst. "
Reyes, Cecilia. “Illinois Loses Population for a 6th Straight Year - and Lost More Residents than Any State This Decade.” Chicagotribune.com, Chicago Tribune, 30 Dec. 2019, www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-illinois-population-loss-census-release-20191230-grrid2pgtbenppwrgprzg3fuhe-story.html.