Evanston’s Hispanic population has nearly doubled over the past two decades.

Just-released 2020 U.S. Census data shows that as of last year 8,778 people who identify as Hispanic lived in Evanston, an increase from just 4,541 in 2000.

The growth has been accompanied by increased efforts to provide bilingual education in local schools, and saw Evanston voters elect the city’s first Hispanic official, City Clerk Stephanie Mendoza, earlier this year.

As shown in the time-sequence maps below, In 2000, when Hispanics were 6.1% of Evanstonians, they lived mostly on the west and southwest sides of the city. That remains true today, with Hispanics totaling 11.2% of a significantly larger total population. (Click the arrow keys on the map graphic to view data for different years.)

In 2000, the share of Hispanics in different census tracts ranged from a low of 2% in northwest Evanston tract 8091 to a high of 17.3% in west Evanston tract 8097.

By last year those numbers ranged from a low of 2.8% in northwest Evanston tract 8090 to a high of 25.6% in west Evanston tract 8092.

The share of Hispanics in Evanston’s population remains lower than in Cook County as a whole, where 26.2% of residents identify as Hispanic, or across Illinois, where the Hispanic share of the population is 18.2%.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.