* I don’t think this means people are having fewer babies. Pretty sure it means people are leaving…
The Land of Lincoln grew by only about 52,000 residents between the last census on April 1, 2010, and the latest estimate, on July 1, 2013, the bureau said.
In the last year of that period — from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013 — the growth rate was 0.1 percent, with the state gaining an estimated 13,943 residents to reach a population of 12,883,135.
In comparison, the country as a whole grew about 2 percent since the census, adding 7.4 million people for a total of 316.1 million.
Illinois’ very slow growth was outpaced by the Midwest region for the most recent year-over-year comparison. During the period, the regional population grew 0.3 percent.
Full data here.
* Since the last full Census, Illinois’ population grew 0.2 percent. Nearby states…