(WEEK) – Illinois is facing a population exodus.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Illinois ranks 49th out of 50 states in net migration loss.
In Peoria, from 2013-2018, that number rose from 527 to more than 2,000.
But Ashley Randall of the Peoria Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau said there are plenty of reasons to stay right here.
“The Peoria area alone saw $656 million in tourism, which supported 5,000 jobs,” she said. “And when you build a place where people want to visit, you build a place where people want to work, where they want to start a business, where they want to live their lives.”
With the upcoming 2020 census, there will be more information available about population decline.
But for now, tourism is still on the rise here in Illinois.