Has this whole pandemic made you think more and more about moving? You're not alone.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the site Stacker determined where people in Rockford are moving to the most. WTVO details -

Metros are ranked by the estimated number of people who moved to the metro from Rockford between 2014 and 2018. Ties were broken by gross migration.

Here's the top 25 cities people in Rockford are moving to the most -

  1. Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

  2. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

  3. Janesville-Beloit, WI

  4. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

  5. Bloomington, IL

  6. Champaign-Urbana, IL

  7. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI

  8. Madison, WI

  9. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

  10. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

  11. Punta Gorda, FL

  12. Springfield, IL

  13. St. Louis, MO-IL

  14. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

  15. Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN

  16. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

  17. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

  18. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL

  19. Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA

  20. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL

  21. Carbondale-Marion, IL

  22. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

  23. Austin-Round Rock, TX

  24. Green Bay, WI

  25. Fort Collins, CO

So what do the numbers look like for the most moved to place?

Migration to Chicago in 2014-2018: 2,554
- Migration from Chicago to Rockford: 5,983 (#8 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 3,429 to Rockford

It's not new news that people are leaving Illinois. I think we've topped the list of "States people are leaving the most" many times in the past few years. But I don't see a real trend of us moving out of state for something like weather. Because based off that list, where people are moving varies widely in weather. From Wisconsin to California, it's hard to say that the main reason people are moving is to escape the extreme Illinois seasons.

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