The number of poor Chicagoans increases by more than 40,000

By: 
Micah Maidenberg | The Chicago Reporter

A smaller Chicago is seeing a greater percentage of its residents slip into poverty. That’s one of the takeaways from new city- and state-level data the U.S. Census Bureau released last week. The number of poor people in Chicago leaped by more than 40,000 between the 2000 Census and the 2010 American Community Survey, from 556,791 to

A smaller Chicago is seeing a greater percentage of its residents slip into poverty. That's one of the takeaways from new city- and state-level data the U.S. Census Bureau released last week.

The number of poor people in Chicago leaped by more than 40,000 between the 2000 Census and the 2010 American Community Survey, from 556,791 to 596,975. The increase came even as Chicago's overall population dropped from 2.8 million to around 2.6 million in the past 11 years.

In all, the census bureau reported last week, 22.5 percent of city residents were earning less than federal poverty thresholds in 2010, up nearly 3 percent points since 1999, when 19.6 percent of the city was found to be poor.

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