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Takeaways from 2020 U.S. Census Data

Published: September 15, 2021

How has the United States changed since 2010? How has Illinois changed? Take a scroll through the infographics below, then read the second and third part of this blog to see a more detailed breakdown of the changes, along with additional links and resources.

Recently released findings from the 2020 U.S. census are a treasure trove of information for people interested in the demographic changes that are shaping our nation and state. Changes in these data can affect how much funding communities will receive for roads, schools, early childhood programs, housing, hospitals, and other programs as well as political representation in the U.S. Congress. In addition, local and state government, business owners, and a wide variety of organizations rely on census results to make decisions about where to establish and expand operations or initiatives, and what products and services to offer.

Takeaways from the 2020 U.S. Census: National Trends: population growth is slowing, population is aging, population is more diverse, cities are growing.
Takeaways from the 2020 U.S. Census: Illinois Trends: population is declining, population is aging, population is more diverse, Chicago is growing