Where people in Chicago are moving to most

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July 18, 2022
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Where people in Chicago are moving to most

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

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#50. Pittsburgh, PA Metro Area

- Migration to Pittsburgh in 2015-2019: 1,229
- Migration from Pittsburgh to Chicago: 1,185 (#10 most common destination from Pittsburgh)
- Net migration: 44 to Pittsburgh
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#49. Ann Arbor, MI Metro Area

- Migration to Ann Arbor in 2015-2019: 1,453
- Migration from Ann Arbor to Chicago: 1,114 (#2 most common destination from Ann Arbor)
- Net migration: 339 to Ann Arbor
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#48. South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI Metro Area

- Migration to South Bend in 2015-2019: 1,472
- Migration from South Bend to Chicago: 1,028 (#3 most common destination from South Bend)
- Net migration: 444 to South Bend
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#47. Cleveland-Elyria, OH Metro Area

- Migration to Cleveland in 2015-2019: 1,519
- Migration from Cleveland to Chicago: 1,340 (#7 most common destination from Cleveland)
- Net migration: 179 to Cleveland
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#46. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Cape Coral in 2015-2019: 1,520
- Migration from Cape Coral to Chicago: 512 (#9 most common destination from Cape Coral)
- Net migration: 1,008 to Cape Coral

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#45. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area

- Migration to Philadelphia in 2015-2019: 1,594
- Migration from Philadelphia to Chicago: 1,988 (#22 most common destination from Philadelphia)
- Net migration: 394 to Chicago
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#44. Iowa City, IA Metro Area

- Migration to Iowa City in 2015-2019: 1,682
- Migration from Iowa City to Chicago: 744 (#3 most common destination from Iowa City)
- Net migration: 938 to Iowa City
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#43. Grand Rapids-Kentwood, MI Metro Area

- Migration to Grand Rapids in 2015-2019: 1,756
- Migration from Grand Rapids to Chicago: 1,033 (#6 most common destination from Grand Rapids)
- Net migration: 723 to Grand Rapids
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#42. Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area

- Migration to Charlotte in 2015-2019: 1,805
- Migration from Charlotte to Chicago: 1,244 (#16 most common destination from Charlotte)
- Net migration: 561 to Charlotte
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#41. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX Metro Area

- Migration to San Antonio in 2015-2019: 1,834
- Migration from San Antonio to Chicago: 855 (#14 most common destination from San Antonio)
- Net migration: 979 to San Antonio

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#40. Columbus, OH Metro Area

- Migration to Columbus in 2015-2019: 1,883
- Migration from Columbus to Chicago: 1,599 (#5 most common destination from Columbus)
- Net migration: 284 to Columbus
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#39. Jacksonville, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Jacksonville in 2015-2019: 1,904
- Migration from Jacksonville to Chicago: 806 (#15 most common destination from Jacksonville)
- Net migration: 1,098 to Jacksonville
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#38. Kankakee, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Kankakee in 2015-2019: 2,035
- Migration from Kankakee to Chicago: 2,443 (#1 most common destination from Kankakee)
- Net migration: 408 to Chicago
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#37. Peoria, IL Metro Area

- Migration to Peoria in 2015-2019: 2,055
- Migration from Peoria to Chicago: 2,436 (#1 most common destination from Peoria)
- Net migration: 381 to Chicago
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#36. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL Metro Area

- Migration to Davenport in 2015-2019: 2,124
- Migration from Davenport to Chicago: 1,221 (#1 most common destination from Davenport)
- Net migration: 903 to Davenport

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#35. Bloomington, IN Metro Area

- Migration to Bloomington in 2015-2019: 2,140
- Migration from Bloomington to Chicago: 553 (#2 most common destination from Bloomington)
- Net migration: 1,587 to Bloomington
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#34. Racine, WI Metro Area

- Migration to Racine in 2015-2019: 2,163
- Migration from Racine to Chicago: 1,834 (#2 most common destination from Racine)
- Net migration: 329 to Racine
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#33. Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Metro Area

- Migration to Cincinnati in 2015-2019: 2,226
- Migration from Cincinnati to Chicago: 2,263 (#3 most common destination from Cincinnati)
- Net migration: 37 to Chicago
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#32. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area

- Migration to San Jose in 2015-2019: 2,252
- Migration from San Jose to Chicago: 694 (#26 most common destination from San Jose)
- Net migration: 1,558 to San Jose
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#31. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Austin in 2015-2019: 2,255
- Migration from Austin to Chicago: 1,096 (#14 most common destination from Austin)
- Net migration: 1,159 to Austin

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

- Migration to Michigan City in 2015-2019: 2,288
- Migration from Michigan City to Chicago: 1,075 (#2 most common destination from Michigan City)
- Net migration: 1,213 to Michigan City
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#29. Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN Metro Area

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

- Migration to Orlando in 2015-2019: 2,646
- Migration from Orlando to Chicago: 1,008 (#23 most common destination from Orlando)
- Net migration: 1,638 to Orlando
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#27. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV Metro Area

- Migration to Las Vegas in 2015-2019: 2,661
- Migration from Las Vegas to Chicago: 979 (#13 most common destination from Las Vegas)
- Net migration: 1,682 to Las Vegas
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#26. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area

- Migration to Virginia Beach in 2015-2019: 2,859
- Migration from Virginia Beach to Chicago: 1,458 (#7 most common destination from Virginia Beach)
- Net migration: 1,401 to Virginia Beach

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#25. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area

- Migration to Boston in 2015-2019: 2,928
- Migration from Boston to Chicago: 2,745 (#13 most common destination from Boston)
- Net migration: 183 to Boston
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#24. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI Metro Area

- Migration to Detroit in 2015-2019: 3,250
- Migration from Detroit to Chicago: 3,060 (#5 most common destination from Detroit)
- Net migration: 190 to Detroit
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#23. Madison, WI Metro Area

- Migration to Madison in 2015-2019: 3,258
- Migration from Madison to Chicago: 1,926 (#2 most common destination from Madison)
- Net migration: 1,332 to Madison
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#22. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area

- Migration to Nashville in 2015-2019: 3,284
- Migration from Nashville to Chicago: 1,490 (#7 most common destination from Nashville)
- Net migration: 1,794 to Nashville
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#21. Carbondale-Marion, IL Metro Area

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

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

- Migration to Tampa in 2015-2019: 3,570
- Migration from Tampa to Chicago: 1,555 (#13 most common destination from Tampa)
- Net migration: 2,015 to Tampa
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#19. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area

- Migration to Seattle in 2015-2019: 3,699
- Migration from Seattle to Chicago: 1,679 (#19 most common destination from Seattle)
- Net migration: 2,020 to Seattle
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#18. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area

- Migration to Miami in 2015-2019: 3,741
- Migration from Miami to Chicago: 2,290 (#18 most common destination from Miami)
- Net migration: 1,451 to Miami
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#17. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA Metro Area

- Migration to San Diego in 2015-2019: 3,805
- Migration from San Diego to Chicago: 1,952 (#14 most common destination from San Diego)
- Net migration: 1,853 to San Diego
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#16. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Houston in 2015-2019: 4,155
- Migration from Houston to Chicago: 2,231 (#13 most common destination from Houston)
- Net migration: 1,924 to Houston

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#15. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area

- Migration to Washington in 2015-2019: 4,159
- Migration from Washington to Chicago: 3,489 (#16 most common destination from Washington)
- Net migration: 670 to Washington
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#14. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA Metro Area

- Migration to San Francisco in 2015-2019: 4,370
- Migration from San Francisco to Chicago: 2,811 (#17 most common destination from San Francisco)
- Net migration: 1,559 to San Francisco
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#13. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO Metro Area

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

- Migration to Bloomington in 2015-2019: 4,555
- Migration from Bloomington to Chicago: 1,965 (#1 most common destination from Bloomington)
- Net migration: 2,590 to Bloomington
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#11. St. Louis, MO-IL Metro Area

- Migration to St. Louis in 2015-2019: 5,060
- Migration from St. Louis to Chicago: 4,300 (#1 most common destination from St. Louis)
- Net migration: 760 to St. Louis

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

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

- Migration to Rockford in 2015-2019: 5,542
- Migration from Rockford to Chicago: 2,426 (#1 most common destination from Rockford)
- Net migration: 3,116 to Rockford
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#8. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area

- Migration to New York in 2015-2019: 5,635
- Migration from New York to Chicago: 7,009 (#17 most common destination from New York)
- Net migration: 1,374 to Chicago
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#7. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

- Migration to Dallas in 2015-2019: 6,038
- Migration from Dallas to Chicago: 2,722 (#17 most common destination from Dallas)
- Net migration: 3,316 to Dallas
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#6. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA Metro Area

- Migration to Atlanta in 2015-2019: 6,689
- Migration from Atlanta to Chicago: 3,192 (#11 most common destination from Atlanta)
- Net migration: 3,497 to Atlanta

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#5. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metro Area

- Migration to Indianapolis in 2015-2019: 6,693
- Migration from Indianapolis to Chicago: 4,780 (#1 most common destination from Indianapolis)
- Net migration: 1,913 to Indianapolis
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#4. Milwaukee-Waukesha, WI Metro Area

- Migration to Milwaukee in 2015-2019: 7,166
- Migration from Milwaukee to Chicago: 3,969 (#1 most common destination from Milwaukee)
- Net migration: 3,197 to Milwaukee
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#3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metro Area

- Migration to Los Angeles in 2015-2019: 7,263
- Migration from Los Angeles to Chicago: 5,035 (#15 most common destination from Los Angeles)
- Net migration: 2,228 to Los Angeles
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#2. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ Metro Area

- Migration to Phoenix in 2015-2019: 7,859
- Migration from Phoenix to Chicago: 2,593 (#12 most common destination from Phoenix)
- Net migration: 5,266 to Phoenix
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#1. Champaign-Urbana, IL Metro Area

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

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