Population exodus in Pennsylvania 2023

New data from the Census Bureau shows residents are fleeing Pennsylvania at an alarming rate. Pennsylvania lost nearly 40,000 residents to other states from July 2021 to July 2022. Only seven states lost more residents to domestic emigration during this period. And with 23,000 more deaths than births, Pennsylvania’s total population loss is the fourth-highest in the nation. Only New York, California and Illinois saw larger declines.

Why are Pennsylvanians fleeing? According to United Van Lines, the main reason is to find a new job. That’s no surprise as the state has yet to recover from job losses during the pandemic, while other states have seen significant job growth.

Unfortunately, this new data is just the latest bad population news for Keystone State.