Blue Flight: LA, Chicago Empty Out As Residents Flee In Historic Numbers

  • The number of people who used to live in Los Angeles County and Cook County in Illinois continues to plummet.
  • Los Angeles County posted the largest population decline of all counties in the United States in 2022, falling by 90,704 and continuing a downward trend. It lost nearly twice that amount (180,394) in 2021, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Vintage 2022 estimates released Thursday.
  • Cook County, home to Chicago, lost 68,314 people from July 2021 to July of last year.
  • Los Angeles County was still the most populous county in the U.S. That was followed by Cook County in Illinois at 5,109,292, which declined by 68,314 from the prior year. Rounding out the top five were Harris County, Texas (4,780,913); Maricopa County, Arizona (4,551,524); and San Diego County, California (3,276,208).
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