WBEZ | U.S. Census http://www.wbez.org/tags/us-census Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago-area population grows at snail’s pace http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-area-population-grows-snail%E2%80%99s-pace-106085 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/capture1_0.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago region has the slowest population growth of the nation&rsquo;s 10 biggest metro areas, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p>By last July, the population of the region&rsquo;s 14 counties had edged up to 9.52 million &mdash; about 0.28 percent more than a year earlier.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re a big <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-area-population-grows-snail%E2%80%99s-pace-106085#Factors">exporter of population</a>,&rdquo; Chicago-based demographer Rob Paral said. &ldquo;The only thing that offsets it is immigration. Indeed, if the economy spurred even more native-born people to leave the area, it would take [the] flat growth into negative territory.&rdquo;</p><p>As defined by the bureau, the region includes the Illinois counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will; the Indiana counties of Jasper, Lake, Newton and Porter; and the Wisconsin county of Kenosha.</p><p>Most of those counties hovered slightly above zero population growth for a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-area-population-grows-snail%E2%80%99s-pace-106085#Charts">second consecutive year</a>. The number of Cook County residents increased by 0.33 percent to 5.23 million.</p><p>Two counties in the region actually lost residents. The Indiana counties of Lake and Newton saw population drops of, respectively, 0.31 percent and 0.62 percent.</p><p>Kendall County led the region with a population increase of 1.19 percent &mdash; a far cry from that county&rsquo;s double-digit growth as recently as 2007.</p><p>Some distant suburbs that were counting on fast growth have taken desperate steps. Yorkville, a Kendall County city 50 miles southwest of Chicago, on Tuesday extended an offer of $10,000 to anyone who buys a new single-family home there.</p><p>Lynn Dubajic, executive director of the Yorkville Economic Development Corporation, calls the program a success. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve done nearly 60 permits since its inception about 14 months ago,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>But some experts warn that exurban towns won&rsquo;t attract hordes again unless gas prices drop. As for the Chicago region as a whole, they say quicker population growth would depend largely on jobs.</p><p><em>Follow <a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/cmitchell-0">Chip Mitchell</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chipmitchell1">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChipMitchell1">LinkedIn</a>.<br /><br /><a name="Charts"></a></em></p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> 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areas","animation":{"duration":0},"legend":"right","hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"minValue":null,"viewWindowMode":null,"viewWindow":null,"maxValue":null},"isStacked":false,"tooltip":{},"width":620,"height":413},"state":{},"view":{},"isDefaultVisualization":true,"chartType":"ColumnChart","chartName":"Chart 3"} </script></p><p><a name="Notes"></a>NOTES: These charts stem from WBEZ analysis of U.S. Census Bureau intercensal estimates for July 1 of each year. The 2000 and 2010 estimates reflect bureau adjustments based on the decennial census. Those adjustments distorted the Chart 2 visualization for 2010. Chart 3, therefore, replaces each 2010 estimate with an average (2009 estimate plus 2011 estimate, divided by two). Chart 4 displays&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/bulletins/2013/b13-01.pdf">metropolitan statistical areas</a> in order of their population growth rate.</p></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-area-population-grows-snail%E2%80%99s-pace-106085 Poverty experts describe situation in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/nearly-1-6-americans-lives-poverty-92019 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-15/Chicago homeless eyetunes flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a war on poverty close to 50 years ago--news this week revealed that the fight is far from over. The <a href="http://www.census.gov/" target="_blank">U.S. Census Bureau</a> released <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2011pubs/p60-239.pdf" target="_blank">new and sobering numbers</a> Tuesday: Nearly one in six Americans lived in poverty in 2010. The numbers were grim but did not reveal much about what poverty actually looks like. To find out what the numbers meant for Chicagoans,<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by a local expert on poverty and social services – <a href="http://www.ssa.uchicago.edu/faculty/s-allard.shtml" target="_blank">Scott Allard</a> from the University of Chicago, and Tony Escobar, the director of community relations at <a href="http://breakthrough.org/" target="_blank">Breakthrough Urban Ministries</a> in East Garfield Park.</p><p><em>Music Button: Ancient Astronauts, "From the Sky", from the album We Are To Answer (ESL)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 15 Sep 2011 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-15/nearly-1-6-americans-lives-poverty-92019 The role immigration will play in municipal elections http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/role-immigration-will-play-municipal-elections <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//immigration_protests C Rex Arbo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>According to the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.census.gov/">U.S. Census</a>, nearly one in five residents in the Chicago area is foreign-born. So it may come as no surprise that Chicago's been at the center of some immigrant reforms&mdash;after all, Chicago is a sanctuary city. And with immigration a vexed issue on the national front, immigration is increasingly the concern of local communities.<br /><br />How are the aldermanic and mayoral candidates tackling this topic in their campaigns? To learn more about the role immigration is playing in the municipal elections,&quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; turned to <a target="_blank" href="http://www.uic.edu/las/latamst/directory/torres.shtml">Maria de Los Angeles Torres</a>, or Nena, as she goes by. De Los Angeles Torres is a political scientist and former city administrator under Harold Washington.</p></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/role-immigration-will-play-municipal-elections Census could fuel case for new Latino Congressional district http://www.wbez.org/story/2010-census/census-could-fuel-case-new-latino-congressional-district <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//HispanicCaucus.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois may be losing a Congressional seat, but new census figures could be good news for the state&rsquo;s Latinos. <br /><br />A U.S. Census Bureau estimate for 2009 suggests the number of Latinos in the state had grown by almost 440,000 since 2000. Census figures coming out early next year are expected to show those residents concentrated in the Chicago area.<br /><br />If so, the U.S. Voting Rights Act might require Illinois to create its second mostly Latino Congressional district, according to attorney Virginia Martínez of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.<br /><br />&ldquo;We need to ensure that our voice is not diluted by drawing lines that cut up our community,&rdquo; Martínez said. &ldquo;It impacts everything that affects us -- the future of immigration reform, lunch meals served to our children in schools.&rdquo;<br /><br />Martínez worked on a pair of 1981 lawsuits that led to the first Latino aldermanic ward in Chicago and the first Latino legislative district in Illinois. By 1992, the state had its first Latino Congressional district, represented ever since by Luis Gutiérrez, D-Chicago.<br /><br />Martínez said a second Latino Congressional district would not have to come at the expense of African Americans. That is because Latinos have been settling in areas that had been mainly white, she said.</p></p> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 20:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2010-census/census-could-fuel-case-new-latino-congressional-district Census changes congressional districts http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/census-changes-congressional-districts <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//redistricting census.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated at 1:32 p.m. on 12/09/2010</em></p><p>Census figures due at the end of the month could mean one less seat for the Land of Lincoln in the U.S. House of Representatives. State-by-state population figures compiled by the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.census.gov/">U.S. Census Bureau</a>, by law, must be delivered to the president by month&rsquo;s end. The information is used to determine the distribution of 435 seats in the U.S. House.</p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/">Bloomberg News</a> and political consulting firm <a target="_blank" href="http://www.electiondataservices.com/">Election Data Services Inc</a>. both expect Illinois to lose a seat based on their analyses of available data from the census and the Internal Revenue Service. The state is no stranger to the wrath of numbers: Illinois lost a congressional seat 10 years ago and lost two seats the decade before that.</p><p>The prospective loss would wean Illinois&rsquo; 19 members of Congress to 18, slightly diminishing the state&rsquo;s voice in that chamber. WBEZ&rsquo;s Sam Hudzik told &ldquo;Eight Forty-Eight&rdquo; host Alison Cuddy that redistricting, or a re-map, is a very political and contentious process.</p><p>Democrats could target one of the four congressional districts&mdash;the 8th, 11th, 14th and 17th&mdash;that turned Republican after the November mid-term election. Hudzik says his research suggests Democrats could try to swallow up Republican Don Manzullo&rsquo;s seat in northwest Illinois&rsquo; 16th District.</p><p>The Democratic point-man on redistricting in the Senate, Kwame Raoul, says that members of Congress, like the public, should provide input, not a decision.</p><p>&ldquo;One of the many things that came out of the hearings over the course of the last year and a half is that you just don&rsquo;t want the process to be simply about self-preservation,&rdquo; Raoul told Hudzik.</p><p>A spokesman for Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan said the topic of who will take responsibility for the map has not yet been discussed.</p><p>But as more specific numbers roll out, you can bet Rand McNally won&rsquo;t be the only map maker in town. The state constitution dictates that a lottery&mdash;yes, like pulling a number from a hat&mdash;determines which party charts the new boundaries in the event of a disagreement.</p><p>Hudzik will continue his coverage as Magellan-enthusiasts and vulnerable members of Congress await action from the Illinois House.</p><p><em>Music Button: Matorralman, &quot;Lunatica&quot;, from the CD Guateque Estelar, (Nacional)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 14:59:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/census-changes-congressional-districts Hispanic youth now largest-growing demographic in U.S. http://www.wbez.org/story/academia/hispanic-youth-now-largest-growing-demographic-us <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//hispanic kids_Jorge Ravines.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Young Hispanics are now the fastest-growing part of the U.S. population, according to new data released in the U.S. Census Bureau's Demographic Analysis.</p><p>Kenneth Johnson is a demographer at the University of New Hampshire. He said in Chicago, the Hispanic population makes up the majority of the city&rsquo;s population growth.</p><p>&ldquo;Chicago is losing many of its other populations,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The growth of the Hispanic population through natural increase is one of the few new sources of growth for the city of Chicago and an important area of growth for the Chicago metropolitan area.&rdquo;</p><div>The Demographic Analysis shows the nation&rsquo;s population was roughly 308 million as of April 1. That estimate falls in the middle of the population analysis.&nbsp;The high end of the analysis reaches up to over 312 million people.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The results of the demographic study will be used to help analyze the 2010 Census results due out later this month.</div></p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 22:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/academia/hispanic-youth-now-largest-growing-demographic-us