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There are Fewer People In Center Square

By Mike Fourcher | Monday, February 28, 2011

State and Madison Streets around 1920. Image from the Library of Congress.

You wouldn’t know it by walking around, but a Chicago Tribune analysis of 2010 Census data shows that the Center Square area has dropped by just over 5,000 people since 2000. Lincoln Square was the big loser, losing 11 percent of its population in ten years, while Northcenter lost less than one-tenth of a percent—about 32 people.

As you may have heard, the City of Chicago lost about 200,000 people in the last ten years, a 7 percent drop that brings city population to a level not seen since 1920.

All of this has big implications for political boundary redistricting, especially ward maps, which the Chicago City Council is due to take up this spring and summer.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LBEFYYCI6GQKES324TP3FGVVHA RyanC

    That’s such a dramatic fall that I’d like to hear a bit more. Are there fewer units in Lincoln Square or has the average number of people per unit gone down? Is this a continuation of a long trend of middle class and working class families being replaced by younger singles and couples without kids?

    • Anonymous

      Ryan-
      It’s a great question. 2010 Census data is slowly rolling out, so it’s hard to draw specific conclusions yet. But once we get our hands on some information, we’ll write about it.

    • Anonymous

      Very good question. I’d guess that your first inclination is correct.

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