Where have all the Illini gone?

The US Census Bureau estimates (Excel file) that 632,866 more Illinois domestic residents left for other states than migrated here from other states between April 1, 2000 and July 1 of this year. Net international in-migration (403,978) and natural increase resulted in illinois’ population growting by nearly half a million over the period.

California and New York were the only states with greater domestic out-migration than Illinois. Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington all experienced greater population growth than Illinois.

Just one data point in the complex mosaic of factors that drive housing demand.

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