Data from the 2020 U.S. Census released today show Evanston’s population increased nearly 5% in the past decade and became more racially and ethnically diverse.

The city had 78,120 residents last year, compared to 74,486 in 2010.

The number of residents who identify as white alone declined from 48,872 to 46,178, and the number who identify as Black alone declined from 13,474 to 12,542.

But all other racial categories increased.

  • People who identify as Asian alone increased from 6,416 to 7,751.
  • Those who identify as being American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander increased from 191 to 531.
  • Those who say they are of some other race increased from 2,687 to 3,482.
  • And those who say they are of two or more races grew dramatically, from 2,846 to 7,636.

Evanston’s Hispanic population also has increased, from 6,739 residents in 2010 to 8,778 last year.

The Census Bureau reported that the white alone population decreased by 8.6% nationwide, compared to a 5.5% decline in Evanston. Nationwide the multiracial population increased 276%, compared to a 168% increase in Evanston.

Nationwide the Hispanic population grew 23%, compared to a 30% increase in Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.