Census showing Toledo steadily losing residents

Rockville Centre, North Hills and Farmingdale - all Nassau County communities with recent rises in apartment developments - posted Long Island's largest population gains from 2015 to 2016, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.

The bureau says Buckeye is among the top 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more, with a population growth of 4.8 percent between 2015 and 2016.

The census estimate puts Ottawa Hills' population at 4,492, about 500 residents short of being elevated to a city.

Though Chicago continues to have the third largest population in the country, 2016 marked the third year in a row the city recorded a net loss in population.

Chicago's population plunge continues to be a result, mostly, of losing residents to other states.

While figures released in May by the state's Office of Tourism and Choose Chicago show the number of tourists visiting the state and city have hit record highs, what's drawing in out-of-towners doesn't appear to be compelling residents to stay.

Loury, who also examined this data, found that over the past three years a total of 1,200 municipalities nationwide saw consecutive annual population loss. Ann Arbor now boasts not only the title of the most valuable city by real estate in MI, but also more than 120,000 people; Grand Rapids at 196,445 is starting to close in on 200,000.

There is also the anticipation of more than 4,000 Federal Bureau of Investigation jobs being transferred to Redstone Arsenal in coming years. Chicago trails behind NY with 8.5 million residents and Los Angeles, which has 4 million residents.

A table of the 15 fastest growing cities between July 2014 and July 2015, by percent growth. The number of people leaving the Chicago region is the highest since at least 1990. Meanwhile, the more affluent communities in the southern part of the county tended to experience population growth. By 2010, the city's population had fallen to 141,527. The community had 100,392 residents in 2016 - a gain of 541 or 0.5% from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016. But job and business opportunities are still stronger in neighboring Midwestern states than in IL, sending more Chicagoans to other parts of the Midwest than vice versa, experts said. That's an increase of more than 13,500 from the 2010 Census and more than triple the population from the 2000 Census report. He also said capital improvements, including the Civic Center renovation project, will draw people to the city.

Bennett said he thinks there will soon be a "tipping point" in Chicago, when more residents realize it's time to go.

Some of the other fastest-growing cities were: Frisco, Texas (6.2 percent); McKinney, Texas (5.9 percent); Greenville, S.C. (5.8 percent); and Georgetown, Texas (5.5 percent).

  • Salvatore Jensen