Census takers will soon hit the streets across Chicago, going from door to door, trying to get an accurate count of the city’s population. The count will impact more than how many congressional representatives the city sends to Washington. Census data informs many commercial real estate decisions, like where to locate stores or new multifamily developments, and tells the federal government where to spend money on critical infrastructure or grant housing tax credits.
After losing population for several decades, especially in neighborhoods home to low- to moderate-income Black people, Chicago already faced the threat of demographic decline, even as the downtown saw spectacular growth. But this year it also faces the threat of a census undercount that could further starve the city of needed resources, real estate experts say.
The Latinx community is most in danger of not being counted.“They are really scared about filling out anything federal,” 22nd Ward Alderman Michael Rodriguez said.His district covers a stretch of Chicago's Southwest Side, including Little Village, a mostly Latinx neighborhood. Out of its estimated 14,273 households, more…
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