2020 census will fuel Black-Latino power struggle over Chicago ward map. ‘It’s absolutely going to get ugly’
CHICAGO — The recently released 2020 census numbers figure to reinvigorate a long-standing power struggle at Chicago City Hall between Latino aldermen representing an ever-larger political base and Black aldermen seeking to maintain influence even as their constituency continues to significantly erode. That battle will play out in the weeks to come as the City Council attempts to redraw the city’s 50 wards ahead of the February 2023 election with Latinos supplanting Blacks as Chicago’s second-largest racial and ethnic group. “It’s absolutely going to get ugly. You’ve seen precipitous populatio...
Editorial: America in full color: The census shows a vibrant country that needs immigration to grow
Tucker Carlson and his less mainstream allies will surely see in new census numbers a reason to turn up the volume on their tired racial and ethnic whine: American whites are on track to lose their majority status due to permissive immigration policies and discrepant birth rates. They say this as though Mexican Americans, Asian Americans and others — what Carlson has toxically referred to as “new people, more obedient voters from the Third World” — cannot honor the principles that make America great, a claim that clashes with any honest reading of history. We see in the new numbers a healthy i...
New York Daily News
Chicago and the suburbs added few new homes in the past decade, according to the census. Here’s what that means for the region
The Chicago region added few new housing units in the past 10 years, new census data shows, and the effects of that might be playing out in the market today as buyers scramble to nab a limited supply of available homes. The number of homes in the Chicago metro area grew by 3.9% between 2010 and 2020, census data made public Thursday shows. That was a slower growth rate than the nation overall, where the number of homes grew by 6.7%. The slow housing growth was not surprising, as the region recovered from the 2008 housing and financial crisis. “The region was slow to recover from 2008, for diff...
What new census data tell us about Pennsylvania’s politics: More influence for Philly and Latinos, and a shrinking white vote
Pennsylvania — and its politics — are moving in two different directions. New census data show that metropolitan areas like Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, Pittsburgh and Harrisburg are growing — sometimes substantially — thanks to sharp upticks in Latino, Asian, and multiracial residents. Largely white rural areas, meanwhile, are shrinking in population and influence. Pennsylvania grew by about 300,000 people over the last decade, but most of it was concentrated in cities and suburbs. “The divide is pretty stark, and it really is divided regionally,” said J.J. Balaban, a Democratic strategis...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pleas for fairness meet political reality in Georgia redistricting
MARTINEZ, Calif. — In public meetings across Georgia, the people told their representatives what they want out of redistricting: unified communities, transparency and fairness. What they get might be much different. Now that census numbers have been released and public meetings concluded, Georgia legislators will begin crafting new districts for Congress and the General Assembly. The Republican lawmakers who control the process won't make any promises that redistricting will be any different from a decade ago, when they released the first maps the Friday before a special session, passed them w...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2020 census shows NYC’s diverse population grew to unexpected 8.8 million
NEW YORK — The Big Apple is booming. New York City’s population grew to a surprising 8.8 million people in the past 10 years, a much faster pace than was expected, the Census Bureau said Thursday. Leading a decade of rapid growth and increasing diversity in metro areas from coast to coast, the city grew by a healthy 7%, or about 630,000 people, defying predictions about lackluster growth in the five boroughs. The figures mark a big acceleration from the 2% growth NYC experienced in the previous decade. They far outstrip official estimates from just two years ago when New York City was predicte...
New York Daily News
US population identifying as 'white' drops for first time
New York (AFP) - The number of US residents who identify as "white" has fallen for the first time, according to the latest 2020 census data released Thursday. The United States has grown "more racially and ethnically diverse" and more urban over the past 10 years, according to the Census Bureau. The "white" population decreased by 8.6 percent between 2010 and 2020, a first since the earliest such data was taken in 1790. It remains the largest group in the country, last year representing 204 million residents, or 61.6 percent of the population. A decade earlier people identifying as white comp...
Census: Florida defies decline in population growth as nation becomes more diverse
MIAMI — The U.S. Census Bureau reported on Thursday that the nation is looking more like Florida as the population is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse than at any time in U.S. history, with large increases in the populations of people who identify as Hispanic, Asian and more than one race. Highlighting the announcement was the fact that the last decade was the first time in U.S. history when the nation’s non-Hispanic White population declined — a decrease of 8.6% over 10 years — a change that was offset by the increase in the number of people who identify as white plus another rac...
Census shows Detroit's population dropped 10.5%; mayor says city was undercounted
DETROIT — Detroit, once among the nation's largest cities, continues to shrink with a population of 639,111, down almost 75,000 residents from a decade ago, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The nation's 2020 census showed that Detroit's population dropped 10.5% from the 2010 count of 713,777 residents following a decade of revitalization efforts and attempts to reduce crime, improve services and attract more businesses. The last Census Bureau figures in 2019 estimated Detroit's population at 670,034 residents. It is the seventh straight decade Detroit's population...
The Detroit News
Chicago’s population grew slightly over the last decade, according to 2020 census
CHICAGO — Chicago grew by about 50,000 residents over the last decade, according to 2020 U.S. Census data released Thursday. The decennial population count put Chicago’s total at 2,746,388 residents -- a 1.9% increase over the 2010 total. The Chicago number was revealed during a Washington news conference. More detailed county and regional data is expected later Thursday. Chicago remains the nation’s third-largest city, but No. 4 Houston continues to grow at a faster rate. The largest city in Texas is now up to 2.3 million residents, growing nearly 10% over the last decade. Chicago’s gain in p...