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Illinois sees greatest population loss of any state

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New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show over the past year, Illinois has had more people move out of the state than in than any other state in the country.

From July 2012 to July 2013, 67,313 people moved out of the state, while 27,751 moved in.  That makes a total loss of 39,562 people in the State of Illinois.

In Iowa, there was an increase of 4,814 people; 671 of those people were domestic, 4,143 were international.

Maher Brothers Transfer & Storage said they aren’t surprised by the Illinois numbers. The moving company said they have moved 15 to 20 people out of Illinois in January 2014 alone. The most common places they helped move people to were Florida, California, Oregon, Colorado and Washington.

"Mainly for work, nobody's ever said anything other than for work unless they're going to like Arizona and then it's like retirement or even Florida's retirement, but all the younger people's always for work,” said Maher Brothers Truck Driver Toby Otts.

Analysts say the high unemployment rate at roughly 9% in Illinois, is not helping. It’s a different story on the Iowa side of the river where the unemployment rate is 4.6%.


  • Stephanie

    that’s because we are broke and its not getting fixed…who would want to live in a state that doesn’t take care of their people if they have the option to move

  • no

    Maybe Illinois should lower their ridiculous taxes. Higher taxes are a burden on the economy. They’ve brought it on themselves.

  • chirs

    make chicago and its 4 surrounding counties its own state then the problem will solve itself and illinois will have money and better jobs.

  • gary york

    Imagine that-I would not live in the state of Illinois if I could live there free-One of the most corrupt states I have ever encountered-Some of the most corrupt politicals I have ever encountered-They have bankrupted there state and trying to recoup by any means possable

  • Michelle

    I wonder why? Taxes are ridiculous, schools are broke…. We recently moved from Rock Island to Davenport and are very happy with that decision.

  • Deborah Montgomery

    I left in March of 2013. I’m a staunch Democrat but I had my fill of the games Quinn was playing with my pension. I’d worked for the State for many years and Quinn was walking all over us. I moved to Florida and took my pension dollars with me.

  • David

    I moved out of Illinois because of the corruption it’s not just at the state level it’s at every level of government. I now live in Tennessee and I do not regret my decision.

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