Crain's Chicago Business: Illinois is a popular state—to leave

Illinois remains one of the top U.S. states residents are leaving, according to three moving companies.


Last year Illinois led the nation in percentage of outbound moves in  a report by North American Van Lines, a unit of Oakbrook Terrace-based Sirva. It was the state's fourth time as outbound leader since 2014, according to the report.

The latest  National Movers Study by United Van Lines ranks Illinois No. 2 on the list of Most Moved From States in 2018, behind New Jersey, which ranked No. 2 for 2017 and No. 1 for five consecutive years before that. Illinois was in the No. 1 spot on last year’s list and has ranked in the top five for the past 10 years.

United Van Lines determined that the No. 1 reason for moving both in and out of Illinois in 2018 was for a job, but people age 65 and over account for the largest percentage of people moving out of the state. That’s typically around the age when people retire.  Click here to read more