Last year wasn’t a particularly good one for net population growth in Illinois. In 2018, the state ranked third in terms of states that lost most residents to other states, according to findings compiled from Census data and moving information from United Van Lines by STORAGECafé, a blog run by real estate software company Yardi.
Looking at it on a day-by-day basis, 836 people per day left Illinois last year, while only 566 came in. The most popular destination for those leaving the state was Indiana. In terms of those coming here, California accounted for 8 percent of our total number of new residents.
Those moving from California to Illinois will have to save more than some other relocators, as that route was determined to be one of the most expensive in the country. While the average cost of interstate moves varies between $2,400 and $4,500, depending on the distance, STORAGECafé found that moves from California to Illinois averaged much higher, between $3,600 and $3,700.
Of course, the actual percentage of people who move state-to-state is pretty small — just 9.8 of Americans. And the number has been shrinking; it is now down to the lowest share in recorded history. It’s the first time this figure has dropped below 10 percent since the Census Bureau started gathering this data back in 1947.