Chicago Residents are Moving to the Suburbs

No wonder there is so much Chicago real estate for sale: The city has lost 200,000 residents over the last decade.
According to 2010 Census statistics released this week, Chicago, the third-most-populous city in the country, lost 6.92 percent of its residents between 2000 and 2010.
That means that whomever becomes the next city mayor will have less to work with since a loss of residents means less federal dollars for Chicago. We’re talking $10 to $20 million less.
When broken down by race, the 2010 Census reports that the biggest drop in Chicago population occurred in the African American community, which fell from 1,065,000 in 2000 to 888,000 in 2010. That’s a nearly 17 percent decrease.
Cook County, the state’s largest county with a population of 5,194,675, posted a 3.4 percent drop in residents since 2000.
But other counties saw an increase:
*DuPage: Increased 1.4 percent to 916,924
*Lake: Increased 9.2 percent to 703,462
*Kane: Increased 27.5 percent to 515,269
*Will: Increased 34.9 percent to 677,560
In all, the population of the six-county Chicago area grew almost 3 percent from 2000 to 2010 to 8.3 million.
In the 2000 census, the region had grown 11 percent.
Illinois as a whole grew 3.3 percent to 12,830,632 residents. That is not enough of a growth, however, and the state will lose one of its 19 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Illinois’ five most populous incorporated places and their 2010 Census count:
*Chicago: 2,695,598
*Aurora: 197,899
*Rockford: 152,871
*Joliet: 147,433
*Naperville: 141,853
Several cities also enjoyed double-digit population growth rates over the last 10 years, including:
*Joliet: A 38.8 percent increase from 2000
*Aurora: 38.4 percent
*Bolingbrook: 30.3 percent
*Elgin: 14.5 percent
*Naperville: 10.5 percent
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