Census: Illinois drops in population for seventh year in a row

Illinois has dropped to historic lows in population figures, dipping to levels not seen in nearly 100 years.

The US Census Bureau reported Illinois’ recent loss in population for the seventh year in a row. The data also revealed that Illinois is the only state to see worsening figures for that matter of time.

Illinois shrank by 79,487 people from July 2019 to July 2020. This marked the largest decline in population since World War II. It was also the second largest drop in the seven-year period.

The Illinois Policy remarked that the decline in population is also significant considering 6,951 deaths attributed to COVID-19 as of July 1. “Illinois hadn’t lost this many residents since 1945, when the population declined by 118,000 residents,” the policy said.

Local figures from the Census Bureau state that Washington County declined by nearly 1,000 residents from 2010 to 2019. In 2010, the census reported a population estimate of 14,716 residents. In 2019, that number decreased to 13,887.

More figures for the 2020 US Census are expected to be released at a later date.

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