New 2022 Census data: Check out where Illinoisans are moving to

Illinois netted a loss of nearly 116,000 residents to other states in 2022

Fresh data from the U.S. Census continues to point to the loss of Illinoisans to domestic outmigration: Illinois netted a loss of 116,000 residents to other states in 2022. Those losses are on top of the 141,000 Illinoisans that fled in 2021.

The new losses compound the problem of the last decade, from 2010 to 2020, when Illinois was one of just three states in the entire country to shrink in the Census’ population count. Mississippi and West Virginia were the other two states to shrink.

The latest data shows Illinois was a net loser of residents to 36 different states in 2022, resulting in a net out-migration of 126,000 residents to those 36 states. On the flip side, Illinois was a net winner of residents from just 13 states. The net in-migration from those nine states totaled just 12,000 residents.