For the first time in its history, the state of Illinois experienced a drop in between censuses.
New data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau confirmed that Illinois’ population decreased by 18,124 people since 2010. The data confirmed that the state would lose a representative seat in Congress.
Illinois has suffered the nation’s second largest population decline in numeric terms, with only West Virginia reporting a higher exodus, according to Illinois Policy.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker reportedly told the press Wednesday that the population declined could be contributed to lack of education opportunities for college students and COVID.
Illinois was one of six other states to lose a member in Congress. Others include Michigan, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Six states are to gain those one seat apiece, including Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Colorado and Oregon. Texas will acquire two more representatives.