I was pretty surprised to see where the majority of people who leave Illinois end up calling home. Is one of these states where you want to call home someday?

"Peace out, Illinois!"

Do you ever daydream about throwing your hand up and saying that phrase above?

We ALL have. I get especially grumpy as winter weather arrives. Booking the movers crosses my mind the moment the temperature hits a single digit.

What's surprising about where fleeing Illinoisans are landing, is that the number one location is just as snowy and cold as Illinois and the compared to Illinois, the state seems pretty boring.

When Moving from Illinois, These are the Top 5 Places People Go

First, let me quickly fill you in on who compiled and crunched these numbers to give us these five cities.

Stacker used the most recent and complete data from the U.S. Census Bureau. States were then ranked by the number of people that have moved from Illinois in 2019.

We begin the list at my home state

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In 2019, the number of people that moved from Illinois to Wisconsin was 22,402


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In 2019, 23,747 people moved out of Illinois to the Lone Start State


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In 2019, the number of people who moved out of Illinois and closer to the beach was 24,085

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In 2019, winters were left behind by 24,425 Illinoisans. My guesses for the number one place Illinoisans moved to most was Arizona or Florida. Arizona was #8.


Here comes the #1 place Illinoisans moved to in 2019. A complete shocker.

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What!?! 36,328 people left Illinois for Indiana. When you just need to get out, you settle for what's close, I guess. I'm not digging in deeper to understand why, but you can right here.

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