It's snow wonder why people are leaving Chicago faster than any U.S. city

When "polar vortex," "below zero" and "rapid weather change" have become integrated into the vocabulary of every Chicagoan, it's snow wonder why:

In 2015, the Chicago region saw its first population decline in more than two decades, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. The Windy City's drop-off also was higher than any metropolitan area in the U.S.

People are giving Chicago and Illinois the cold shoulder and migrating to states such as Florida, Arizona and Nevada, where they can enjoy warmer and much less moody climates. Can you blame them?

Imagine lying poolside in the sunshine and not feeling a need to pack an umbrella, snow boots and tank top every time you leave the house. *Sigh.* Although we should consider ourselves lucky this year—Mother Nature didn’t carry out her typical winter vendetta.

Despite this winter’s warmer-than-usual weather, the Chicago region lost an estimated 6,263 residents in 2015, according to census data.

And new residents and births couldn’t offset the number of residents who have left the Chicago area. Clearly, not enough people are gettin' it on, amiright?

Two other contributing factors in Chicago’s population dip are a diminished Mexican immigrant population and a decline in the city’s African-American population, according to data gathered by Rob Paral and Associates, a firm owned by Chicago-based demographer Rob Paral, as reported by the Tribune.

Fortunately, young, college-educated people (who don't know any better when it comes to the city's weather) are flocking to Chicago. Unfortunately, it's nowhere near the number of people leaving the state.   

For more information, check out the Tribune’s report.

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