U.S. Census Bureau

Center for Governmental Studies / Northern Illinois University

A new Census analysis shows Illinois leads the nation in population loss.

The U-S Census updates its population numbers every year by looking at government documents like tax returns as well as birth and death records. Illinois lost 22-thousand people over the past year. That’s like losing a city the size of Freeport in just one year.

NIU Center for Governmental Studies

New U.S. Census data shows Illinois had nearly 10,000 fewer residents in 2014 than the previous year.

That’s the largest population decline of any state in the country and the first statewide population dip since the mid-1980s. 

The U.S. Census Bureau says since the last official census in 2010, Illinois has only gained about 52-thousand residents. That puts it in the bottom 10 states when it comes to population change during that time period.

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