Evanston becomes more diverse


New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows increasing racial and ethnic diversity in Evanston.

The American Community Survey results from 2016 released last week show that the percentage of Evanstonians who are non-Hispanic whites fell from 60.2 percent in 2015 to 58.9 percent last year.

Meanwhile, the percentage of residents who are Hispanic rose from 10.5 percent to 11 percent.

The percentage of non-Hispanic black residents rose from 16.6 percent to 16.8 percent.

The percentage of Asian residents rose from 9.5 percent to 9.8 percent.

And the percentage of residents who identified as multiracial or members of some other race rose from 3.1 percent to 3.4 percent.

The city’s estimated total population fell slightly from 75,603 in 2015 to 75,472 in 2016, but that’s up from 73,880 in 2010.

The results for 2016 reverse a trend of declining non-Hispanic black population in the city. Blacks were 18.4 percent of city residents in 2010, but their share of the population had declined to 16.6 percent by 2015.

The proportion of city residents who are Hispanic or Asian has steadily increased since 2010. Hispanics were 8.8 percent of Evanston residents that year and Asians were 7.6 percent.

The percentage of residents who identify as members of some other race or multiracial has fluctuated so far this decade between 3.0 percent and 3.2 percent before hitting a new peak last year.

As indicated in their name, the ACS data is based on surveys of a sample of residents. The data can fluctuate modestly from year to year because of sampling errors. But it’s the most comprehensive data available between the decennial censuses.

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