Chicago Growing Again?
- The city of Chicago gained just under 6,000 residents in the year that ended July 1 — better than the decline of the previous decade, but well below the growth in most other big American cities.
And the figures weren't much better in the suburbs, as once high-flying edge cities such as Joliet, Naperville and Aurora saw their population growth slow to a crawl or even decline.
According to new estimates released overnight by the U.S. Census Bureau, the population of Chicago proper grew to 2,718,782 on July 1, up 5,862 since July 1, 2012, or about 0.2 percent. The city's population has increased by about 23,000 since the 2010 census, or just under 1 percent.
The Crain's article notes this isn't scientific by any means, relying mostly on tax filings and such, which might not take into account things like kids moving back in (or out) of mom's and dad's place or illegal immigrant populations. We don't see any survey of moving companies which might have a better feel for ingress and egress of the city population, but we know one thing that will drive city growth steadily backwards in short order - the coming tax burden to be forced on the population by pension obligations and possible municipal bankruptcies.