Illinois loses more residents in 2016 than any other state

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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 19: A United Airlines jet takes off from O'Hare International Airport on September 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. In 2013, 67 million passengers passed through O'Hare, another 20 million passed through Chicago's Midway Airport, and the two airports combined moved more than 1.4 million tons of air cargo. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Census Bureau estimates show Illinois lost more people than any other state in the past year.

The new figures released Tuesday cover July 2015 to last July and show a decline of 37,508 people in the state.

In total, eight states lost population in the same time period, including Pennsylvania, Wyoming and New York.

Census officials say states in the South and West led in population growth. Utah was the fasting-growing state, with a 2 percent increase, and reached 3.1 million people. After that Nevada, Idaho, Florida and Washington saw the largest percentage increases in population.

Illinois remains the fifth most populous state in the country with close to 13 million people. It follows California, Texas, Florida and New York.