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Census says Evanston lost people last year

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New population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau released this morning indicate Evanston’s population declined last year, but is still higher than it was at the start of the decade.

The survey-based annual estimates are notoriously volitile for communities as small as Evanston, but, for what it’s worth, the just-released estimate says Evanston had 74,895 people in July 2016, down from 75,527 in July 2015, but up from the 2010 decennial census figure of 74,486.

On a percentage basis, that would indicate that Evanston gained 1.4 percent in population between 2010 and 2015, but then lost 0.84 percent of its population within the last year. But the city still shows a 0.55 population increase from 2010 to 2016.

The pattern was similar for the City of Chicago — which, the Census says, saw its population grow 0.93 percent from 2010 to 2015, but then fall by 0.57 percent in from 2015 to 2016.

Skokie saw its population grow just 0.06 percent from 2010 to 2015 and then lost 0.85 percent of its population last year. Wilmette’s population grew 1.2 percent from 2010 to 2015 but then fell 0.71 percent from 2015 to 2016.

The Census Bureau released estimates for cities across the country this morning, indicating ten of the 15 fastest-growing large cities were in the south, with four of the top five in Texas.

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