The Incredible Shrinking Chicago

Since peaking in 1950, the city of Chicago has lost nearly 1 million residents. For a long time, the urban area continued to grow while the city shrank. Now the urban area is shrinking as well.
U.S. Census: 1950–2000
U.S. Census estimates: 2010–2020
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Level ∞
Aug 3, 2021
I'm on the record as being somewhat pessimistic about Chicago's future. Unfortunately, political corruption has led to high crime, high taxes, and poor public services. People who care about these things don't protest - they just move to a different state. The Chicago area is losing more than 20,000 people every year.

All these people leaving simply entrenches the political machine and means there are fewer people to bear the astounding cost of overgenerous public pensions. It's a viscous cycle that will take extreme political change to overcome. It will get worse before it gets better.

Level 67
Aug 5, 2021
Soooo close to having a megacity status by urban area!
Level 75
Dec 19, 2023
Almost there and then we gave up
Level 62
Aug 16, 2021
Illinois really needs to take charge of this situation. If they don't take action now, Chicago is probably going to be a stronghold for Drug-Trafficking, Crime and Gangs.
Level 65
Aug 17, 2021
it is
Level 61
Sep 10, 2021
I am a Chicagoan. I see that our city could have a future but I agree it's not looking good!
Level 85
May 9, 2022
Doesn't like 1/3 of the state's taxes go to benefits and pensions for state government retirees? That's a huge disadvantage to overcome, especially considering a bunch of those retirees are living in lower-tax states like Florida, so the tax collections are getting spent there.

If you have that eating up such a huge chunk of the budget, it's hard to do any sort of stimulus. The national average is around 5%.