In the decade ended April 30, 2020, Chicago’s population moved from 2,695,598 to 2,746,388. Detailed breakdowns by neighborhood were not immediately available, but it’s believed based on other census data that the central area added tens of thousands of people while population continued to slip on most of the West and South sides.
Chicago’s 1.9 percent growth was a lot better than the 6.9 percent drop it suffered between 2000 and 2010. But it still was the lowest gain of any of the nation’s top 10 cities, with New York growing 7.7 percent, Houston 9.8 percent and Philadelphia 5.3 percent.
Chicago easily remains the nation’s third largest city after New York and Los Angeles. But Houston is gaining and now trails Chicago by about 440,000. If current trends continue, Houston will close the gap and surpass Chicago in about 20 years.
Maps presented during a Census Bureau presentation today also indicated that metropolitan Chicago and each of the counties in it added people, too, though modestly. Almost every other county in the state outside of metro Chicago lost people.
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