U.S. Census

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

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.
Community leaders in Greater Englewood and Austin think a concerted effort to close the gaps in homeownership, wages and life expectancy between Black and white Chicagoans could stem the city’s loss of Black residents.
Chicago has been losing Black residents for decades — some with hopes of finding better economic opportunities, and others seeking easier access to basic resources like grocery stores.
Though Chicago’s population grew 2% from 2010 to 2020, Englewood’s fell more than 20%, according to Census Bureau data, and West Englewood’s population fell 16%. Those areas had the largest percentage losses in the city.
Republicans say the legislative boundaries signed into law in June will “be declared void” because of population differences that exceed federal limits. House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch’s spokeswoman said Democrats are still “analyzing the data. We have no further updates.”
The latest Census numbers show the Latino population growing, and surpassing, the Black population as the largest racial or ethnic group in Chicago, Cook County and in Illinois. And that’s raising questions and sparking discussions about power among politicians and advocates.
The Census Bureau has been working since 2015 to find a different way to ask questions that yielded more informative and realistic results.
Of the more than 50,000 residents added over the past decade to the city’s total population, most are Latino and Asian.