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Old 08-27-2010, 08:55 PM
 
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I've met a lot of people who moved to Arizona from Chicago. That being said Chicago's African American population decreased by 2% while the hispanic population increased from 26% to 28%. Oh yeah, Chicago lost some of it's white population as well. There used to be over 1,000,000 black and white folks in the city. Now there's only 900,000 something black folks and 800,000 something white folks. I hear about a lot of outta town folks wanting to move to Chicago though and talk about how attractive it is. I can't tell if it's decreasing or increasing though.

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Old 08-27-2010, 08:57 PM
 
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Has Chicago gained or lost population is what I meant.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:02 PM
 
Location: New York City
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It lost around 1.5% of the population since 2000.
This is a 2009 est.
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Old 09-03-2010, 04:50 PM
 
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The census will be released at some point. Then we will all know for sure. The white population continues to leave the city. There is approx. the same number of African Americans. Hispanics are increasing in the city. Metrowide, the Hispanic population is growing significantly in the suburbs. Chicago currently has the 2nd largest Mexican population in the US behind L.A. and significantly ahead of Houston. Does it really matter though?
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago--Bucktown
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I think that the numbers will show a population increase for the city, but the metro area probably won't change much. I think nationwide population trends in the next 10-20 years will be moves back to urban areas from suburbs.
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Old 09-04-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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Hank, this is still America. No, the burbs will continue to grow. Will the city grow? HOPEFULLY.
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:57 AM
 
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Why did Chicago lose it's population? All I ever hear about is how great Chicago is. Especially from outta town people. If Chicago really is so great, (and I'm not saying it isn't) then how did it lose that many people?
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Nort Seid
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Why did Chicago lose it's population? All I ever hear about is how great Chicago is. Especially from outta town people. If Chicago really is so great, (and I'm not saying it isn't) then how did it lose that many people?
Schools, schools, schools, schools.

And did I mention the schools?
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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Why did Chicago lose it's population? All I ever hear about is how great Chicago is. Especially from outta town people. If Chicago really is so great, (and I'm not saying it isn't) then how did it lose that many people?
As Chi-Town Native said we won't know the pop change until the real numbers come out. The 2000 Census showed real growth while the 1999 estimates predicted a loss of population.

That said, Chicago (and most American cities outside the Sunbelt) are basically stable in population. A 1 or 2 percentage change up or down isn't that much of a big deal. All of the older US cities lost massive amounts of population in the 60's, 70's and 80's. The big picture is that the last 20 years have seen an end to that trend and there is are signs of growth. Losing population doesn't always mean a city is having problems - areas that gentrify almost always show a population loss since you have 3 flats with families on each floor converting to 3 condos with one or two people on each floor. It's likely Ukrainian Village will show a population loss in the 2010 Census, but that does not mean the area is dying.

Also, when people in Arizona say they moved from "Chicago" chances are good that they didn't live in the city, or even visit it all that frequently. My parents spend Winters in Tucson and have a number of neighbors who are from "Chicago". I think the nearest any of them have actually lived to Chicago is Tinley Park. There is a good map here that shows migration patterns by county.
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:15 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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If Chicago really is so great, (and I'm not saying it isn't) then how did it lose that many people?
Chicago lost alot of jobs; steel mills, factories, machine shops and such.
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