WBEZ | Ken johnson http://www.wbez.org/tags/ken-johnson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago's surprisingly steep population loss http://www.wbez.org/story/2010-census/chicagos-surprisingly-steep-population-loss <p><p>The city of Chicago lost nearly seven percent of its population over the past decade, according to U.S. Census data released Tuesday.</p><p>Chicago had close to 2.9 million residents in 2000. According to the 2010 census, there are now 200,000 fewer Chicagoans.<br /><br />&quot;The population of Chicago dropped considerably more than was expected given the estimates during the decade from 2000 to 2009, so that was something of a surprise,&quot; said Ken Johnson, a demographer at the University of New Hampshire who used to work at Loyola University Chicago.<br /><br />&quot;The other interesting piece of data for Chicago is going to be that the black population of Chicago dropped quite significantly,&quot; Johnson said.<br /><br />That represents the bulk of the city's net population loss.<br /><br />All this data will be key as lawmakers redraw legislative boundaries this year, especially given that Illinois will lose a seat in the U.S. House.<br /><br />The numbers released Tuesday also show that the population of suburban Cook County mostly held steady, while some other counties in the area saw big booms.<br /><br />&quot;Kendall County's population doubled,&quot; Johnson noted. &quot;Will County went up by 175,000.&quot;<br /><br />Johnson suggested those increases would probably have been even higher if not for the recession slowing growth at the end of the decade.</p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2010-census/chicagos-surprisingly-steep-population-loss