U.S. Census

The latest news and analysis on the United States Census with a focus on population trends in Chicago and Illinois.

The federal change to how Arab Americans will be identified in future census surveys comes after Illinois passed a law that added Middle Eastern or North African as a distinct racial category.
The census doesn’t tell us the number of individuals in the U.S. who trace their ancestry to countries in the Middle East, North Africa or Southwest Asia. The classification of this population as “white” has created a form of systematic invisibility.
El grupo constituye la mayoría de los que se identifican como hispanos o latinos en Chicago, según el análisis de WBEZ.
The county lost an estimated 68,000 people. Only Los Angeles County lost more.
A new study from UIC documents inequities Arab Americans face in the Chicago area and recommends government agencies use Middle Eastern/North African to identify the fast-growing demographic group.
With funding and grants potentially on the line, some village administrators aren’t sure what to expect in the years to come.
As Sun-Times journalists dug into 2020 U.S. census data about the city, we searched for the neighborhood that most closely reflected Chicago’s racial makeup. We found it on the Far North Side.
The Census Bureau admitted last week that it had screwed up Illinois’ decennial headcount, and the state actually grew by about 250,000 people.
A U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday shows rather than losing population, Illinois gained more than 250,000 residents between 2010 and 2020. That’s roughly the equivalent of not counting anyone in Aurora — Illinois’ second largest city — and the entire city of Decatur.
Stories from the Sun-Times’ series looking at what the 2020 Census tells us about how Chicago has changed.
We have an opportunity to be proactive and allow the community to engage with federal agencies now to use that space for its best and highest purpose.
The National Archives unlocked the U.S. Census for 1950 on Friday. Poking around is fun, if you know how to look.
The records - contained in a free database - will help genealogists, historians and anyone interested in learning more about their own family ancestry.
Not only do we have to contend with a maddening COVID-19 virus, we must also deal with the constant manifestation of the ongoing pernicious American sin of racism.
Activists and elected leaders reeling from the statistics are already strategizing how to minimize the impact of the undercounts. Those efforts should continue.
Latinos are the second largest racial group in the city of Chicago, in Cook County, and in the State of Illinois.
The United States grew by only 0.1%, with only an additional 392,665 added to the U.S. population, from July 2020 to July 2021, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.