Metros sending the most people to Chicago

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June 23, 2022
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Metros sending the most people to Chicago

Stacker compiled a list of metros that are sending the most people to Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Metros are ranked by the estimated number of people who moved to Chicago from the metro between 2015 and 2019. Ties were broken by gross migration.

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#50. Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Louisville/Jefferson County in 2015-2019: 841 (#6 most common destination from Louisville/Jefferson County)
- Migration from Chicago to Louisville/Jefferson County: 676 (#84 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 165 to Chicago
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#49. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from San Antonio in 2015-2019: 855 (#14 most common destination from San Antonio)
- Migration from Chicago to San Antonio: 1,834 (#41 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 979 to San Antonio
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#48. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Des Moines in 2015-2019: 876 (#4 most common destination from Des Moines)
- Migration from Chicago to Des Moines: 689 (#82 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 187 to Chicago
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#47. Springfield, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Springfield in 2015-2019: 903 (#2 most common destination from Springfield)
- Migration from Chicago to Springfield: 1,190 (#53 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 287 to Springfield
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#46. Carbondale-Marion, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Carbondale in 2015-2019: 976 (#1 most common destination from Carbondale)
- Migration from Chicago to Carbondale: 3,429 (#21 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 2,453 to Carbondale

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#45. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Las Vegas in 2015-2019: 979 (#13 most common destination from Las Vegas)
- Migration from Chicago to Las Vegas: 2,661 (#27 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,682 to Las Vegas
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#44. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Orlando in 2015-2019: 1,008 (#23 most common destination from Orlando)
- Migration from Chicago to Orlando: 2,646 (#28 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,638 to Orlando
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#43. South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from South Bend in 2015-2019: 1,028 (#3 most common destination from South Bend)
- Migration from Chicago to South Bend: 1,472 (#48 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 444 to South Bend
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#42. Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Grand Rapids in 2015-2019: 1,033 (#6 most common destination from Grand Rapids)
- Migration from Chicago to Grand Rapids: 1,756 (#43 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 723 to Grand Rapids
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#41. Kansas City, MO-KS Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Kansas City in 2015-2019: 1,042 (#14 most common destination from Kansas City)
- Migration from Chicago to Kansas City: 1,218 (#51 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 176 to Kansas City

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#40. Michigan City-La Porte, IN Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Michigan City in 2015-2019: 1,075 (#2 most common destination from Michigan City)
- Migration from Chicago to Michigan City: 2,288 (#30 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,213 to Michigan City
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#39. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Austin in 2015-2019: 1,096 (#14 most common destination from Austin)
- Migration from Chicago to Austin: 2,255 (#31 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,159 to Austin
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#38. Ann Arbor, MI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Ann Arbor in 2015-2019: 1,114 (#2 most common destination from Ann Arbor)
- Migration from Chicago to Ann Arbor: 1,453 (#49 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 339 to Ann Arbor
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#37. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Baltimore in 2015-2019: 1,133 (#15 most common destination from Baltimore)
- Migration from Chicago to Baltimore: 569 (#94 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 564 to Chicago
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#36. Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Pittsburgh in 2015-2019: 1,185 (#10 most common destination from Pittsburgh)
- Migration from Chicago to Pittsburgh: 1,229 (#50 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 44 to Pittsburgh

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#35. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Davenport in 2015-2019: 1,221 (#1 most common destination from Davenport)
- Migration from Chicago to Davenport: 2,124 (#36 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 903 to Davenport
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#34. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Charlotte in 2015-2019: 1,244 (#16 most common destination from Charlotte)
- Migration from Chicago to Charlotte: 1,805 (#42 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 561 to Charlotte
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#33. Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Cleveland in 2015-2019: 1,340 (#7 most common destination from Cleveland)
- Migration from Chicago to Cleveland: 1,519 (#47 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 179 to Cleveland
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#32. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Virginia Beach in 2015-2019: 1,458 (#7 most common destination from Virginia Beach)
- Migration from Chicago to Virginia Beach: 2,859 (#26 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,401 to Virginia Beach
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#31. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Nashville in 2015-2019: 1,490 (#7 most common destination from Nashville)
- Migration from Chicago to Nashville: 3,284 (#22 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,794 to Nashville

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#30. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Tampa in 2015-2019: 1,555 (#13 most common destination from Tampa)
- Migration from Chicago to Tampa: 3,570 (#20 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 2,015 to Tampa
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#29. Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Lafayette in 2015-2019: 1,587 (#2 most common destination from Lafayette)
- Migration from Chicago to Lafayette: 2,522 (#29 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 935 to Lafayette
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#28. Columbus, OH Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Columbus in 2015-2019: 1,599 (#5 most common destination from Columbus)
- Migration from Chicago to Columbus: 1,883 (#40 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 284 to Columbus
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#27. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Seattle in 2015-2019: 1,679 (#19 most common destination from Seattle)
- Migration from Chicago to Seattle: 3,699 (#19 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 2,020 to Seattle
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#26. Racine, WI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Racine in 2015-2019: 1,834 (#2 most common destination from Racine)
- Migration from Chicago to Racine: 2,163 (#34 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 329 to Racine

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#25. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Denver in 2015-2019: 1,852 (#12 most common destination from Denver)
- Migration from Chicago to Denver: 4,555 (#12 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 2,703 to Denver
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#24. Madison, WI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Madison in 2015-2019: 1,926 (#2 most common destination from Madison)
- Migration from Chicago to Madison: 3,258 (#23 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,332 to Madison
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#23. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from San Diego in 2015-2019: 1,952 (#14 most common destination from San Diego)
- Migration from Chicago to San Diego: 3,805 (#17 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,853 to San Diego
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#22. Bloomington, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Bloomington in 2015-2019: 1,965 (#1 most common destination from Bloomington)
- Migration from Chicago to Bloomington: 4,555 (#12 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 2,590 to Bloomington
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#21. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Philadelphia in 2015-2019: 1,988 (#22 most common destination from Philadelphia)
- Migration from Chicago to Philadelphia: 1,594 (#45 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 394 to Chicago

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#20. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Houston in 2015-2019: 2,231 (#13 most common destination from Houston)
- Migration from Chicago to Houston: 4,155 (#16 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,924 to Houston
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#19. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Cincinnati in 2015-2019: 2,263 (#3 most common destination from Cincinnati)
- Migration from Chicago to Cincinnati: 2,226 (#33 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 37 to Chicago
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#18. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Miami in 2015-2019: 2,290 (#18 most common destination from Miami)
- Migration from Chicago to Miami: 3,741 (#18 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,451 to Miami
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#17. Rockford, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Rockford in 2015-2019: 2,426 (#1 most common destination from Rockford)
- Migration from Chicago to Rockford: 5,542 (#9 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 3,116 to Rockford
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#16. Peoria, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Peoria in 2015-2019: 2,436 (#1 most common destination from Peoria)
- Migration from Chicago to Peoria: 2,055 (#37 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 381 to Chicago

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#15. Kankakee, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Kankakee in 2015-2019: 2,443 (#1 most common destination from Kankakee)
- Migration from Chicago to Kankakee: 2,035 (#38 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 408 to Chicago
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#14. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Phoenix in 2015-2019: 2,593 (#12 most common destination from Phoenix)
- Migration from Chicago to Phoenix: 7,859 (#2 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 5,266 to Phoenix
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#13. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Dallas in 2015-2019: 2,722 (#17 most common destination from Dallas)
- Migration from Chicago to Dallas: 6,038 (#7 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 3,316 to Dallas
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#12. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Boston in 2015-2019: 2,745 (#13 most common destination from Boston)
- Migration from Chicago to Boston: 2,928 (#25 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 183 to Boston
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#11. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from San Francisco in 2015-2019: 2,811 (#17 most common destination from San Francisco)
- Migration from Chicago to San Francisco: 4,370 (#14 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,559 to San Francisco

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#10. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Minneapolis in 2015-2019: 3,053 (#4 most common destination from Minneapolis)
- Migration from Chicago to Minneapolis: 5,207 (#10 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 2,154 to Minneapolis
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#9. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Detroit in 2015-2019: 3,060 (#5 most common destination from Detroit)
- Migration from Chicago to Detroit: 3,250 (#24 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 190 to Detroit
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#8. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Atlanta in 2015-2019: 3,192 (#11 most common destination from Atlanta)
- Migration from Chicago to Atlanta: 6,689 (#6 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 3,497 to Atlanta
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#7. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Washington in 2015-2019: 3,489 (#16 most common destination from Washington)
- Migration from Chicago to Washington: 4,159 (#15 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 670 to Washington
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#6. Champaign-Urbana, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Champaign in 2015-2019: 3,586 (#1 most common destination from Champaign)
- Migration from Chicago to Champaign: 9,925 (#1 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 6,339 to Champaign

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#5. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Milwaukee in 2015-2019: 3,969 (#1 most common destination from Milwaukee)
- Migration from Chicago to Milwaukee: 7,166 (#4 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 3,197 to Milwaukee
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#4. St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from St. Louis in 2015-2019: 4,300 (#1 most common destination from St. Louis)
- Migration from Chicago to St. Louis: 5,060 (#11 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 760 to St. Louis
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#3. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Indianapolis in 2015-2019: 4,780 (#1 most common destination from Indianapolis)
- Migration from Chicago to Indianapolis: 6,693 (#5 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,913 to Indianapolis
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#2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from Los Angeles in 2015-2019: 5,035 (#15 most common destination from Los Angeles)
- Migration from Chicago to Los Angeles: 7,263 (#3 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 2,228 to Los Angeles
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#1. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area

- Migration to Chicago from New York in 2015-2019: 7,009 (#17 most common destination from New York)
- Migration from Chicago to New York: 5,635 (#8 most common destination from Chicago)
- Net migration: 1,374 to Chicago

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