In the ongoing economic battle between Illinois and Indiana, Indiana seems to be winning.
According to a 2015 analysis of 2010-2013 U.S. Census data from Northern Illinois University’s Center for Governmental Studies, Indiana has gained 110,075 Illinois residents since 2010. During the same time period, Wisconsin was second in receiving Illinois residents, receiving 93,469. Meanwhile, Missouri claimed 87,782 former Illinois residents.
In 2013 alone, 30,618 Illinois residents decamped to the Hoosier state.
“There are many factors at work here, and census information only tells us so much,” said Sherrie Taylor, a researcher at CGS. “But we do know that most of those who left in recent years took jobs in those other states, so that suggests economic factors – either better opportunities or perhaps concerns about Illinois’ delicate financial health.”
Illinois was one of six states to see a decline in population from 2013-2014, joined by Alaska, Connecticut, New Mexico, Vermont and West Virginia.