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Illinois: Population continues to decline, eroding tax base

At the end of December, Pew Charitable Trusts reported on new U.S. Census Bureau estimates revealing that between July 2016 and July 2017, eight states lost population; “[i]f the estimates hold up, it would be the first time in 30 years that so many states lost residents in a single year.” The states are Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming.

The December report follows a February 2017 piece pointing to population losses in Connecticut, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming between 2015 and 2016. This puts Illinois, Mississippi, West Virginia and Wyoming as the four states that have seen consistent population declines since 2015.

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