According to new census data, Chicago’s Hispanic population is on the rise. as the face of the city is changing rapidly. The statistics reveal that Chicago’s Hispanic population grew in the space of just one year by seventeen thousand, making the Hispanics the second largest ethnic group for the first time in history.
While Hispanics are taking over, the African Americans are slowly losing ground, as the new census statistics show 42,000 of them moving out in 2017 alone, with the Hispanic heritage and influence being easy to spot in places like Little Village. Chicago’s Hispanic population jumped between 2015 and 2016 from 786,000 to 803,000, meaning that approximately one third of the Windy City’s population is now of Latino-Hispanic descent, with more than 42,000 blacks leaving the city during the same period of time.
The trend is said to have begun over a decade ago, with high taxes, crime and a lack of economic opportunity pushing the African Americans out of the city. The key reasons for the Hispanic population increase are the continued influx of Latino immigrants (both legal and illegal, but Chicago is a sanctuary city by the way, so do the math) looking for opportunity (jobs, welfare) and the higher birth rates of the respective ethnic groups.
Overall, the Hispanic population growth rate in the US as per 2017 figures stands at 2 percent, exceeding that of African Americans (0,9 percent) and whites, which boasts a decrease of <0.1%. Asians have the highest annual growth rate, which stands at three percent, as per 2017 figures. Despite its slowing growth rate (the 4.2 percent peak was reached back in 2001), the Hispanic population in the US is still expanding, reaching almost 60 million in 2017, making for America’s 2nd largest ethnic/racial group according to estimates (the exact number of illegal immigrants is unknown, yet some put it at over 30 million). 51% of US population growth between 2016-2017 was due to Hispanics, which accounted for 1.1 million of the 2.2 million growth.