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.
The share of people in poverty rose across all racial categories the census bureau tracks, save for a tiny decline among Asian groups.
In 2000, 29.4 percent of African-American Chicagoans were in poverty; last year that number was 33.6 percent. For Latinos the poverty rate jumped from 20 to 23.2 percent. Around 11 percent of white people living in the city were poor last year, up from 8.2 percent of the city 10 years back.
Here are the 2010 and 2000 census poverty data for the city of Chicago lined up next to each other:
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