Chicago is the largest town in Illinois in terms of population, with close to 2.7 million, accounting for 21.73 percent of the state’s population.
Chicago is also the second-highest populated city in the US following New York City and Los Angeles. About a quarter of people in the state live in Chicago because of the employment opportunities that exist there.
The city’s density is 4,593 residents for every km2. The city is also known for its nicknames of “Windy City”, “Chi-Town“, “City of Broad Shoulders” and “Second City“.
Based on our study, Chicago population will increase to 2.673 million by the 1st of July 2022. We consider the 1st July as the first day of July each year because the US census bureaus typically publish the estimated population numbers for the same period.
The calculations are based on the average rate of growth of -0.07 percent over the past 10 years starting in 2011. We believe that using the latest numbers from the previous years (see the table below in the next section) will help to make the calculation more precise.
Population Growth of Chicago
In the 10 decades of the city’s growth, the rate isn’t very encouraging between -0.37 percent to 0.37 percent, ranging from losing about 10,000 or adding 10,000 every year to the overall population. The growth has stopped in 2014.
In the last three years, it has seen a decline in growth due to the lack of opportunities for the city. When compared to similar cities across Illinois, Chicago’s population growth rate is in line with what is the norm for the entire state.
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Demographics of Chicago
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 48.53 percent of the Chicago population is male while 51.47 percent female. The average male age is 32, while the average age for females is 33. The average age in the state is 33.
The top five race groups among those living in Chicago are white (44 percent), Black (32%), Asian (5%), Hispanic or Latino (28 percent) More than two races (2 percent).
The top five languages (other than English) that are spoken in Chicago include Spanish, Chinese, German, French and Kru, Ibo, Yoruba. Spanish is the most popular non-English language due to the Latin American immigrant population.
The composition of the religions in Chicago is as follows: 71 percent of Chicagoans identify themselves as Christians 77% identify with other religions and 22% are of no affiliation with any religion. Chicago is also home to a variety of Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and others.
Population Density of Chicago
The population density of Chicago is 4,593 people per square kilometer. It is one of the largest cities with the highest density of population in the US.
Facts About Chicago
- The first building in the world to be a skyscraper The Home Insurance Company, was built in 1885.
- in the year 1850, all of the city was raised hydraulically by several feet in order to correct the drainage issue.
- Chicago was the first city in the world to launch an all-color TV station. On April 15thin 1956, the first color television channel was launched and brought Chicagoans their preferred TV channels in colors.
- The city houses the country’s most extensive collection of impressionist art.
- The Taste of Chicago is the largest outdoor food festival.
- The name Chicago is derived from the Miami Indian word for the wild leeks that flourished along the banks of the narrow Chicago River.
- Chicago was officially incorporated as town in 1833. It was incorporated became a city in 1837 at the time that its population grew to 4000.
- It is the Chicago Metropolitan area commonly known as Chicagoland is home to more than 10 million people living there and is the third-largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
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