Going, going . . .
For years, sagacious observers have warned that the real threat to prosperity in Illinois is not high taxes or low politics but stagnant population growth. I addressed the issue in a 2014 column titled “Stuck in Illinois . . . “ Emily Badger at the Washington Post gives us the most recent demographic data about domestic moves, that is, Americans moving from one state to another.
Illinois, alas, is among the eight states from which many more people have moved than have moved in. Its net loss during the year that began in July 20154 was 105,000 people — a whole Elgin disappeared. Not the worst in the U.S., but close.
The gross numbers conceal some important facts. A lot of the leavers are old people, who are no longer productive members of the economy. Most of the in-movers are moving into the Chicago area, which means that Downstate continue to see a disproportionate number of packed-up moving vans.