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As the Black population continues to drop in Chicago and Illinois, few regret their move: ‘I have peace’


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:snip:Illinois in general saw some of the largest losses of Black residents during the last decade of any state except New York. As Chicago’s Hispanic and white populations have increased in the last decade, the city’s Black population dropped by 84,738 since 2010, the second highest decline after Detroit.

The extended departure offers a challenge to city officials hoping to retain families and professionals who could help stabilize troubled South and West Side communities.

The mayor’s office didn’t respond to the Tribune’s requests for comment.

The outward trend is hardly a single phenomenon as the Midwest’s Black population has fallen by more than 130,000 people in the last 10 years, according to the Brookings Institution’s analysis.

The Atlanta, Dallas and Houston metro areas have gained the most Black residents between 2010 and 2020.:snip:

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