Chicago remains 3rd largest U.S. city despite population loss

18:21, March 26, 2011      

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Chicago remains the third largest city in the United States, although it was the only one among the top 10 U.S. cities to have lost population during the decade ended 2010, according to a Friday report of Chicago Tribune, quoting the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to U.S. census figure, in the past ten years, Chicago 's population tumbled 6.9 percent, to 2,695,598, which is lower than the 2.7 million reported back in 1920, but the city remains the third most populated city in the country.

But the figure showed that Chicago is on its way to become the fourth city, as Houston, with 2,099,451 residents, is expected to overtake Chicago as the third most populous city in the U.S.

The population of Western and Southern states continued to expand faster than the Midwest and Northeast. The city of Detroit, which lost a quarter of its population since the 2000 census due to job losses, plant closing and foreclosure, dropped out of the top 10 list, replaced by San Jose, Calif.

Likewise, Cook County, the nation's second most populous county after Los Angeles, is the only one of 2010's 10 largest counties to have lost residents since 2000, its population was down by 182, 000.

Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois as well as the most populous city in the U.S. Midwest and the third most populous city in the U.S. after New York City and Los Angeles.

Source: Xinhua

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