Chicago Relocation

Population Growth in Chicago

September 16, 2013

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John D’Ambrogio

Some comments from Baird & Warner‘s Elizabeth McGrath

If you live in the great city of Chicago you now have more neighbors than you did two years ago.

Chicago’s population has seen growth for the second year in a row as more and more people call the Windy City home.  Already the 3rd largest city in the United States, Chicago grew by about 11,500 people between 2010 and 2011, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  The growth points to a turn for the new decade.  Between 2000 and 2010 about 200,000 people flew the coop for other destinations.   And while the growth may be smaller than some other cities – most notably Austin’s population boom– it’s definitely movement in the right direction.

Some are attributing this to a possible generational trend towards a urban youth movement.  Personally I can vouch for that.  Over this past year majority of people around my age who I know have moved or are currently in the process of moving to the city.  Most are initially renters, but they have set their sights on Chicago for the long term.

While it will take more than two years of positive growth (and my personal stamp of truth) to solidify this trend, there is reason to believe Millennials and others will continue to flock to Chicago.  Possibly a continuous upward trend?  Only time will tell, but we will keep any eye on it and report back to you.