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Chicago Sees Population Bump

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Chicago Sees Population Bump

After five straight years of population declines—the latest census data show a modest increase in the number of people living in Chicago.

Census numbers released today show Chicago’s population at about 2.8 million. The city gained about 8,000 residents since last year’s tally.

Kenneth Johnson is a demographer who studies Chicago. He says the downturn in the housing market is keeping people in the city who might otherwise move to the suburbs.

JOHNSON: On the other hand, the people that tend to come to Chicago are usually young adults or immigrants, and they would be less sensitive to the housing market than would be people who are older and might want to leave. And so I think what happened in Chicago is that the number of out-migrants from the city slowed down, while the number in-migrants to the city was probably effected less by this.

The last time Chicago’s population went up was between 2000 and 2001. According to Johnson, the city has lost about 700,000 residents since the 1950s, but the region as a whole has continued to grow.

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