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Several Illinois Cities Populations Are Struggling to Grow, Including Rockford’s

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WalletHub did an analysis of census data and found many are leaving the state due to the following: “High taxes, government dysfunction, lack of good paying jobs, a high crime rate and event a harsh climate” (

Out of a study of 515 metropolitan areas and their population growth 3 Illinois cities made up the bottom bottom five as being the worst.

Luckily, Rockford wasn’t at the bottom or ranked in that group. We landed at 476th.

However, those living in our state’s capitol of Springfield placed at 496, Peoria at 500 and Decature at 512. Eeek… not good at all.

Oddly enough, the best place in Illinois to have population growth isn’t Chicago, it’s actually Elgin. Chicago landed at 370 on the list, while Elgin is at 293.

But if we Illinoisans want to feel better about our sad state and it’s conditions, we can be glad that none of our cities were dead last. That honor goes to Shreveport, LA.

Note to self never move to Shreveport, ever.

To see the entire list, click here.


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