February 20, 2011
US Census Bureau numbers confirm that an exodus from Chicago has left that city’s population at its lowest level since 1920.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, over the past decade Chicago’s population fell 6.9 percent to 2,695,598. In 1920, 2.7 million people lived in Chi-town. The city reached its peak population in 1950 with 3.62 million people.
The WSJ article offers no comprehensive explanation of why people are filing out of town but does point to a number of sub-trends.
The recent recession is blamed in part for accelerating migration to the metro area’s furthest suburbs and to the Southern United States. However the city has been losing people steadily – with a small resurgence in the 1990s – since about 1950.
Check out the chart: