Chicago Population Up 2% Over The Past Decade

The City of Big Shoulders has always been a melting pot — but new U.S. Census data suggest it’s gaining in diversity.

Despite national headlines about political corruption and street violence, Chicago saw its population grow by 2% over the past decade, allowing it to hold onto its title as the third-largest city in the United States.

Of the more than 50,000 residents added over the past decade to the city’s total population, most are Latino and Asian.

The Latino population grew by more than 40,000 people — about 5% — in the past 10 years, and the Asian population grew by almost 45,000, a 31% increase.

That helped offset the continued loss of Chicago’s Black population, which dwindled by almost 85,000 people during that time — a nearly 10% drop.

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