Population declines in several counties

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — People continue to pack up and leave, but some cities are starting to see a decline for the first time in years. New census data came out just last week.

Larger places which usually see an increase in population are losing people, including Champaign County. Census data shows it’s mainly people between the ages of 25 – 54. Last year 86 counties saw a population loss. The year before it was 80 counties. This was the fitth year in a row Illinois saw significant population loss. Some places like Champaign County saw a decrease in poplulation when in years past there’s been growth.

A representaive of Visit Champaign County says there are a lot of developments happening in the city she feels will draw people into the county. They’ve been working to promote events happening in the community and they are working on recruiting efforts so people are aware of jobs in the area. 

Other cities which saw decline included Decatur, Springfield, Rockford and Bloomington. No other city shrank faster than Danville. In fact, Danville is listed as the fourth fastest shrinking city in the entire country. 

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