Skip to Content

Illinois loses more population than any other state over last decade

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00

New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show a dramatic population decline for Illinois as 46 other states grew during the last decade.

New data released Monday shows more than 168,000 people have left the state since 2010. That is more than any other state in the country.

Percentage wise, that equates to a 1.2 percent decline which trails only West Virginia, which saw a 3.3 percent loss over the last 10 years.

A large percentage of that drop came just over the last year as the state's population lost more than 51,000 people between 2018 and 2019 alone.

Illinois is one of only four states to see a population decrease this decade, alongside West Virginia (-3.3), Vermont (-0.3) and Connecticut (-0.2).

On the other side of the coin, there are several states across the country that saw a population boom the last 10 years. Utah saw the largest percentage increase in population (+16.0) followed by Texas (+15.3), which added a nation-leading 3.85 million people total, Colorado (+14.5), Florida (+14.2) and Nevada (+14.1).

The U.S. Census also released population projections for New Year's Day here in America and across the world. Nationwide, the estimated population in the U.S. is over 330.2 million people, an increase of almost 2 million people this year. However, the past year's population growth rate was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and the slowdown of international migration.

Worldwide, the population is estimated at over 7.6 billion people, which is an increase of more than 77 million people from Jan. 1 2019.

If you would like to take a deeper dive into all of the new census data, you can head to the U.S. Census website.

Author Profile Photo

13 WREX Newsroom

Skip to content