Thursday, May 24, 2018

Greg Hinz: Chicago population drops for third year in a row

Read on! I appears though that the decline has slowed, but there is still a decline not only in the city but for the suburbs as well:
The new figures are for the year ended last June 30. They indicate that city proper had a net loss of 3,805 residents, slipping to a total of 2,716,450 hardy souls. Last year was the third year in a row in which fewer people lived in the city, but the drop in the prior 2015-16 period was almost 5,000.

None of the declines is particularly large, with last year's drop amounting to barely 0.1 percent and likely within the range of margin of error. Also, the latest estimate still shows Chicago with more people than it had in the last full census in 2010, when the city's population totaled 2,695,598.

But at a time of rising national prosperity and growth, a decline here surely will be used in the upcoming mayoral election to argue that Chicagoans are voting with their feet about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's performance and have decided to locate elsewhere. They may also reach the same conclusion about the state of Illinois under Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Chicago's suburbs, which for decades easily outpaced the city in population gains, increasingly are showing the same growth patterns.
Chicago demographer Rob Paral said the new figures are roughly what's been occurring in recent years and not a big surprise. What's not clear from this data is what is happening among racial and ethnic groups, in which, for instance, Chicago has been losing African-Americans but gaining whites, Latinos and Asians, Paral said. 

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