Chicago Remains The Third Largest City In U.S. According to Results of U.S. Census

On Thursday, August 12, the U.S. Census Bureau released the results of the 2020 Census. The Census showed that, nationwide, populations are increasing in metro areas and diversity in race and ethnicity is also increasing. When it comes to Chicago, we remain the third-largest city in the U.S. Results show the city has gained 50,790 residents since 2010. When compared to the 10 largest cities in the U.S., Chicago’s growth was the smallest at just 1.9%. Other important results from the Census include:
  • People of color represented 43% of the total U.S. population in 2020, up from 34% in 2010.
  • Chicago’s total population is at 2,746,388 people.
  • The non-Hispanic White share of the U.S. population fell to 57% in 2020, shrinking by six percentage points since 2010, the largest decrease of any race or ethnicity.
  • Cook County gained 80,866 residents, a 1.6% increase, to raise its official count to 5,275,541.
  • Illinois’ population declined, with 18,124 fewer residents than it had in 2010. Its population stands at 12,812,508.