Census: Illinois loses title of 5th largest state to Pennsylvania

21 December, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Illinois No Longer 5th Most Populous State in US Census Bureau

Most of Illinois' population decline was due to a net loss of 114,779 people moving to other states.

That is the largest decline in Wyoming since 1989 and well below neighboring states like Idaho, which saw the largest population increase in the nation past year at 2.2 percent. California remains number one followed by Texas.

The population in Idaho grew by 2.2 percent during the same period, leading the national rankings dominated by states in the West.

Since 2010, IL has lost almost 643,000 people on net to other states. Three states that had been lost population the previous year - Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Vermont - saw slight increases.

Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican, has been feuding with state Democrats and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the best way to deal with the state's long-brewing financial crisis.

The U.S. territory Puerto Rico lost more than 69,000 residents past year and filed for the equivalent of federal bankruptcy protection in May.

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The Census Bureau released on Wednesday the latest population estimates by state.

The state continued to rank 30th in the nation in population. That puts it at a record above 12.8 million people.

Rural counties and most downstate metro areas saw the most dramatic declines.

The population figures are closely watched as a sign of what will happen when congressional maps are redrawn after the 2020 Census. Net worldwide migration decreased 1.8% - the first drop since 2012 to 2013.

The northwest state, with an estimated population of over 1.7 million people, had a 2.2 percent jump in population from July 2016 to July 2017.

The Cowboy State lost 5,595 residents between July 2016 and July 2017, a 1 percent drop.

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