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Chicago's Regional Population Grew by 32,169 in 2011

April 10, 2012

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released 2011 population estimates for all metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and counties; these are the first estimates released since the 2010 Census.  

  • Between 2010 and 2011, the Chicago MSA grew by an estimated 32,169 people (0.3%) to 9,504,753 total residents; this ranks it 18th nationally for total growth and 233rd for percent growth (of 366 MSAs). Minneapolis-St. Paul was the only Midwestern MSA to add more residents than the Chicago region (by 404 people, 32,573 added total), and the Detroit and Cleveland MSAs lost the most nationwide (-4,890 and -7,257, respectively).
  • Within the Chicago MSA, Cook County added the most total residents (17,109), while Kendall County grew by the largest percentage (1.2%).

The following chart and map illustrate:

  1. The top 10 MSAs by total population growth (July 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011), compared to the Chicago MSA

  2. Population change within the Chicago MSA, by county


Additional information can be found on the U.S. Census Bureau’s website.