City of Chicago Falls to 1910 Population Level.

The Bureau of the Census has just reported that the city of Chicago lost more than 200,000 people between 2000 and 2010. At 2,696,000, this takes Chicago to its lowest population since 1910, and nearly 1,000,000 fewer than its census population peak of 3,621,000 in 1950. In 1910, the city had a population of 2,185,000, and increased in 1920 to 2,702,000.

The Bureau of the Census had estimated Chicago's population at 2,851,000 in 2009, down from the 2000 census count of 2,897,000. Chicago is the seat of Cook County, which lost 180,000 between 2000 and 2010, though outside the city of Chicago, Cook County gained approximately 20,000 residents.

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Megacity Chicago, Connected by Rail

Using the various definitions of what the megacity of Chicago includes in land area and by the terms Combined Statistical Area or Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area or the oldest definition of metropolitan Chicago which is Chicagoland or a combination of these three: I can arrive at megacity Chicago populations of 9,683,000 or 9,740,000 or 9,851,000 or 9,940,000 or 10,051,000. This is with 2010 census population figures. If one looks at all the statistics from the 2010 census, the Chicago metropolitan area as a whole continues to increase in population. Very importantly, the downtown area of the City of Chicago continues to increase in population and those census tracts adjacent to the city center also continue to increase in population. Chicago is one of those core cities which really can not be separated from it's suburban areas. They are all connected together be an extensive expressway system and more inportantly by about 700 miles(almost all of this is double track so it is actually almost 1400 miles) of commuter railway including CTA, METRA & SSL. We believe that as Chicago has done in recent years, it will continue its new growth from the core outward. A downtown core which is connected to its suburbs by hundreds of miles of commuter rail.