The U.S. Census Bureau says Evanston added 480 people to its population last year to retain its rank as the 12th largest municipality in Illinois.

The city’s population growth totaled 0.64 percent for the year and 2.37 percent for the decade so far.

That’s roughly in line with the growth of the state’s population, which is up 0.31 percent for the year and 3.32 percent since 2000.

Bureau estimates released this week say that, as of July 1 last year, Evanston had 75,905 residents, compared to 75,425 in 2006 and 74,150 on July 1, 2000.

Evanston’s growth was far less than that in some other large Illinois communities.

Among the 20 largest cities in Illinois, the fastest growing last year were Elgin, with a 3.27 percent increase to 104,288; Joliet, with a 3.11 percent increase to 144,316; Rockford, with a 1.47 percent increase to 156,596; Aurora, with a 1.2 percent increase to 170,855, and Champaign, with a 1.15 percent increase to 75,515.

The population of Chicago, by far Illinois’ largest city, reached 2,836,658, up 0.29 percent for the year, but down 2.06 percent for the decade.

Four of the top 20 suffered population losses last year. Cicero’s population fell 0.82 percent to 80,976. Schaumburg’s population fell 0.59 percent to 72,147. Arlington Heights’ population fell 0.43 percent to 73,693. Decatur’s population fell 0.33 percent to 76,674.

Skokie’s population was unchanged at 66,659.

Among other nearby communities sometimes compared with Evanston:

  • Glenview’s population reached 46,329, up 0.18 percent for the year and 7.28 percent for the decade.
  • Highland Park’s population reached 31,457, up 0.81 percent for the year and 3.72 percent for the decade.
  • Wilmette’s population fell to 26,566, down 0.47 percent for the year and 3.83 percent for the decade.
  • Lake Forest’s population reached 21,127, up 0.32 percent for the year and 4.71 percent for the decade.
  • Deerfield’s population reached 19,594, up 0.93 percent for the year and 5.71 percent for the decade.
  • Winnetka’s population was almost unchanged at 12,416, up 0.04 percent for the year, but down 0.12 percent for the decade.
  • Kenilworth’s population fell to 2,399 down 0.79 percent for the year and 3.77 percent for the decade.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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