Chicago loses population for 3rd consecutive year


Heckuva job mayor…

Chicago has not had a republican mayor since 1923. And yet Rahm Emanuel blames this population loss news on the republican governor who has been in office for two years. My gut tells me it is much more than that.

From ABC News: CHICAGO (WLS) — New Census figures show Chicago has lost population for the third consecutive year as other major U.S. cities gained population.

Population estimates released Thursday find that Chicago lost 8,638 residents between 2015 and 2016. However, the city remains the nation’s third-largest city with 2.7 million residents. Chicago trails behind New York with 8.5 million residents and Los Angeles, which has 4 million residents.

Not only did Chicago shrink, so did the state. Illinois’ population fell by more than any other state last year. A variety of factors are sending people packing. But, experts say jobs may be the biggest one. Many are headed south. Ten of the 15 fastest growing large cities are southern.

Al Gooden grew up in Evanston, but now lives on the South Side where his wife is from. He’s sick of hearing gunshots at night, and said he has convinced his wife that it’s time to move. Atlanta, Georgia is their destination. “A lot of things going on in Illinois, budget crime, education, everything affecting this, a lot of people are fed up with Illinois,” he said.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state of Illinois has lost population at the same rate as Chicago. And last year, the Windy City was the only city among the nation’s 20 largest to lose population. While crime, the state budget mess and weather maybe factors, Teresa Cordova with UIC’S Great Cities Institute said a shrinking Chicago is the result of one driving factor. “It really comes down to economic opportunity, if jobs aren’t there, it’s difficult to stay, people need to make a living,” Cordova said.

With a flight of industry in Chicago’s neighborhoods, economic opportunities have become scarce, especially on the South Side. The black population continues to decline leaving homes for sale and empty lots. “It doesn’t surprise me, but we also know it is not evenly spread across the city, there are some places in Chicago that have actually gained population,” Cordova said.

The Loop and some North Side neighborhoods have gained, but not enough to offset the losses. Cordova said for Chicago to reverse its current trend of losing residents, it must figure out a way to rebuild neighborhood like the one Gooden wants to leave.

If there is any silver lining in the population loss, Chicago remains the nation’s third largest city. U.S. census numbers show that urban growth nationwide declined in 2016.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (first elected in 2011) and Governor Bruce Rauner (elected in January 2015) reacted to Illinois’ decline by blaming each other.


12 responses to “Chicago loses population for 3rd consecutive year

  1. Gee, I wonder why…

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  2. What a travesty! Like good Democrats, they neither see or believe that their policies are what is influencing not only the population decline, but the moral and civic decline of this city. I can hardly stand to see Rahm Emanuel’s ugly mug!

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  3. Anonymous-You beat me to it. I was gonna say it’d probably help if their citizens would stop killing each other….

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  4. I’ve long been of the opinion that the mayhem and murder in the larger cities, as well as the existence of the porous border is leading up to one thing; “intervention” by the un and the like. Trump lobbed some tomahawks at Syria (6 out of 59 made it to target according to Russia) because Assad allegedly used gas on his own citizens while in Chitcago, Detoilet, NYC, several murder per day take place and rampages every weekend are the norm. If the un or some country decides to intervene inside the US, the rest of the world will likely applaud them. It’s not like wallstreet forces (US Military) haven’t done the exact same thing around the world since before ww2.

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    • All part of the plan. In John Perkins’ “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” and “New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”, you will see how the use of power in Central banks and our military took control of resources (and governments) from their people and how it is happening today with us.


  5. Jackie Puppet

    The real shocker is the black population declining, and not through just gunfire, either.

    I never would’ve guessed that with all the famblys on welfare with their open-24-hours baby factories. It certainly fooled me.

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  6. Dah! Is this just “common sense” or WHAT????? Get out of Chicago if you can!!! And bawl-baby Rham….BOO HOO! What do you expect!!!!!!

    35 Years ago I had to travel alone from Maryland by train to the West with a baby and small child, , w/a long stop-over in Chicago. I was fore-warned about the Chicago station…which was backed-up when a mentally-challenged pervert kept following me around the station, asking “When are you going to change the baby’s diaper?????” I’d THANKFULLY reserved a motel room for just a few hours near the station for the daytime stopover—-so we would NOT be in the station, rest, refresh in the shower, or watch news and lounge on the beds…. But, even THEN…..Chicago was a place to be “managed” for the “average American.” It is OVER THE TOP these days.

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