Illinois has the dubious distinction of of being the state that can be described as the "Biggest Loser."According new figures released by the US Census Bureau, to the Illinois has lost the most population of any state in the United States. Pennsylvania, with it's growth of  residents has taken the #5 spot from the land of Lincoln and dropped us into 6th place.

So why are people leaving Illinois? You guessed it -- taxes! According to report in Crain's Chicago Business, Governor Rauner's office says there are three primary reasons people are leaving Illinois:

  • high property taxes
  • a mountain of regulations
  • a corrupt government

Here Are The 10 Most Populous States

Rank Name 2010 2016  2017
1 California 37,254,518 39,296,476 39,536,653
2 Texas 25,146,100 27,904,862 28,304,596
3 Florida 18,804,594 20,656,589 20,984,400
4 New York 19,378,110 19,836,286 19,849,399
5 Pennsylvania 12,702,857 12,787,085 12,805,537
6 Illinois 12,831,565 12,835,726 12,802,023
7 Ohio 11,536,730 11,622,554 11,658,609
8 Georgia 9,688,690 10,313,620 10,429,379
9 North Carolina 9,535,721 10,156,689 10,273,419
10 Michigan 9,884,129   9,933,445   9,962,311

 

The fastest growing state was Idaho. It's population increased 2.2 percent to 1.7 million from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017.

How did our neighbors do? The all grew!

  • Indiana (+0.49%)
  • Wisconsin (0.39%)
  • Missouri (0.47%).

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