Hey, where's everyone going so fast? That must be what the state of Illinois must be thinking as the exodus of citizens continues. I just found new data that shows 4 Illinois cities had a total of more than 100,000 people leave in just 3 short years.

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There's a new ranking of the top 25 cities that have seen a population decrease from 24/7 Wall St. Frankly, I don't care if a state is considered blue, red, purple or orange. The number of people that seem to be fleeing certain cities is staggering.

Illinois clocked in 4 different cities in the top (or should it be considered bottom?) 25 cities with population loss in the past 3 years alone. Here are the 4 with their correlating population loss from 2020 through 2023. (OK, so if this is inclusive, it's 4 years)

  • Chicago - 81,313
  • Aurora - 19,789
  • Joliet - 341
  • Naperville - 80

That's a grand total of 103,472 people that have left Illinois between 2020 and 2023.

That's one reason why the US Census ranks Illinois near the very top of states seeing the most citizens relocate their life elsewhere. Only California is comparable for number of people who are quickly looking for the exit door.

Other states have proven that you can change the leaving trends...

The US Census shows that both New Jersey, Ohio and Minnesota were losing residents years ago, but are now gaining population again. It can be done, Illinois.

If you're not familiar, radio can lead you to lead a nomadic life. I've both fortunately and unfortunately had to move a lot over the more than 40 years that I've been in this career. Many of those leaving Illinois might not despise the state, but just seeking greener pastures elsewhere like I did. It's just not a healthy thing for the state to see so many leaving its borders.

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