WBEZ | Kendall County http://www.wbez.org/tags/kendall-county 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 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