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Chicago Grows — A Little — To Remain Country’s Third-Largest City

The city added 50,790 residents since 2010 for a population of nearly 2.75 million, according to the recent U.S. Census.

Families splash in Lake Michigan on a hot Friday afternoon at Rainbow Park Beach in South Shore on June 4, 2021.
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CHICAGO — Chicago got a bit of good news in the U.S. Census figures released Thursday.

It remains the nation’s third-largest city, gaining 50,790 residents since 2010. Officially, the city has 2,746,388 people.

It still lags behind its 2000 population of nearly 2.9 million.

New York tops the list with about 8.8 million people, followed by Los Angeles with nearly 3.9 million.

Cook County gained 80,866 residents, a 1.6 percent increase, to raise its official count to 5,275,541. 

As expected, Illinois’ population declined, with 18,124 fewer residents than it had in 2010. Its population stands at 12,812,508. 

Among the nation’s 10 largest cities, Chicago’s growth was the smallest at 1.9 percent. New York added more than 600,000 people, Los Angeles a little more than 100,000 and Houston about 200,000. 

Phoenix grew 11.2 percent to a little more than 1.6 million, displacing Philadelphia as the nation’s fifth-largest city.

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