DuPage sees more than 9,000 leave county in single year
More than 9,000 residents left DuPage County for opportunities in other states between July 2015 and July 2016, according to U.S. Census figures highlighted by the Illinois Policy Institute recently.
Michael Lucci, vice president of policy for the institute, tweeted a chart showing outmigration for all of Illinois. Lucci was an equity analyst and options trader with Lightspeed Financial.
DuPage’s outmigration figure of 9,171 was the second-highest in the state after Cook County. The departures are consistent with the trend in 93 of Illinois’ 102 counties that have seen their populations dropping in recent years.
The Chicago Tribune said Illinois has lost more residents than any other state for the third year in a row. This outmigration has the potential to strongly affect local economies, including the loss of federal spending that is tied to population numbers.
If an area takes on improvements based on funding expectations but then loses population, the remaining residents are likely to face higher taxes.
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