Twenty-five-year-old Matt Gill grew up in the Fox Valley. After a stint at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, he left Wisconsin last June.
"The reason I left is because I started working remotely after COVID, and my girlfriend got a job in Utah," he said. "We will probably come back in the future to be closer to our family, but it depends on how her career goes."
Gill works in information technology, or IT, while his girlfriend is a naturalist educator at a nature center in Utah.
But their story isn’t unique. Over the last decade, the state lost 106,000 people under the age of 26, according to a recent report by Forward Analytics, the research arm of the Wisconsin Counties Association.
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