IL loses population, drops to 6th-largest state

The state now trails Pennsylvania in population by about 3,500 people, making IL the sixth-most-populous state in the U.S.

IL was just one of eight states in the nation to lose population between mid-2016 and mid-2017, with much of it due to people leaving for other states, according to new estimates published Wednesday by the federal government. IL lost more than 33,000 residents, dropping to the sixth most populous state in the union with 12,802,023 residents. Many neighboring states, like Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and MI, all saw moderate population gains during the same period.

Eight states lost population with IL seeing the largest number with a decline of 33,703. The decrease was a tiny fraction of Illinois' total population of just over 12.8 million.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania saw modest population growth of 18,400 people over the same time.

"A lot of states have witnessed similar issues and come back from them", Harger said, referring to Pennsylvania, which he says has seen a population increase of about 103,000 since 2010.


Idaho was the nation's fastest-growing state over the past year. Texas follows in second with 28.3 million people.

The Census Bureau only released state and national figures; local estimates are expected to be released next year.

Behind Wyoming's decline rate, which was the largest in the nation, were West Virginia, Illinois, Alaska and Hawaii.

The population of IL is shrinking.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday announced that Idaho's population from July 2016 to July 2017 increased 2.2 percent to 1.7 million. But Connecticut attracted some 17,000 people from other countries, a little more than a third of the number for MA.


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