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Chicago's Population Grew by Just 82 People From 2013 to 2014

By Tanveer Ali | May 21, 2015 5:09pm

Chicago's polulation grew over one year by just 82 people.

That's barely a blip in a city of 2.7 million.

The U.S. Census Bureau released its latest population numbers this week, showing that Chicago's .003 percent growth between 2013 and 2014 was the lowest of the 10 largest cities in the country.

The warmer cities on the list grew much faster than Chicago. That might not be a surprise to those residents who vow on a yearly basis to move away from the frigid torture of winter by Lake Michigan. (Some even do move.)

But it may not entirely be the weather. Minneapolis, which has winters that are even worse than ours, saw its population rise by 1.6 percent, or 6,560 people. Some say that is because of its better transit and finances, Chicago Magazine reported last month.

"Spending on infrastructure is important to growth," said Elizabeth Schuh, a policy analyst for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, which studies population trends.

Schuh pointed to better roads, freight routes and improving state finances as ways to support businesses and create jobs in Chicago.

But there are also some promising numbers. Between 2009 to 2013 in the Chicago region, the population of 18 to 34 year olds with at least a bachelor's degree rose by 5 percent.

"It's important for any region to be attractive to young people," Schuh said.

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