New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that Evanston’s population has grown slightly over the past year.

Population estimates released today for cities across the country show Evanston with 74,785 people, up 0.4 percent from 74,486 in the April 2010 census and up 0.3 percent from an estimated 74,556 in July 2010.

The City of Chicago also showed a 0.3 percent increase for the past year — up 8,800 to 2.71 million this year from a year earlier.

The population of suburban Cook County as a whole also rose 0.3 percent, adding 8,300 residents.

Over the decade from 2000 to 2010, Evanston and the rest of suburban Cook County saw little population change, while Chicago lost nearly 7 percent of its residents.

The annual population estimates are subject to a fairly substantial margin of error for communities the size of Evanston. Annual estimates during the 2000s showed substantial population growth here that was essentially wiped out when the decennial census results were released last year.

In addition the housing market collapse and foreclosure, following years of booming construction of condominiums, contributed to 

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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