Illinois population drops by 104K

What do you think is the reason people are leaving?
Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.
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Published: Dec. 28, 2022 at 12:25 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - There are probably a few factors at play here for why people would want to move: politics, warmer weather down south, or Caterpillar relocating.

There’s not one definitive answer but one thing is clear; people are leaving Illinois.

According to the United States Census Bureau, from July 2021 to this past July 2022, more than 100-thousand people packed their things and moved out of Illinois, specifically 104,437 people.

Bringing the population to a little over 12,580,000 people.

During the last major census survey back in 2020, the state had 12,812,000.

Which would mean at least in the last 2 years the state lost 230,000 people.

The updated 2022 numbers for Peoria and Tazewell counties were not available just yet but estimates counted over 179,000 people were still living in Peoria county with 130,000 in Tazewell.