New census data shows that people are leaving Chicago faster and more often than any other U.S. metropolitan city – as crime rates are soaring, reaching highs they haven’t seen in years.
“Last year, Chicago’s murder rate surpassed 750 homicides for the first time since the 1990s, and it’s on track to have a similarly deadly year in 2017, with 127 deaths already,” reports the Daily Mail.
President Trump has expressed his desire to clean up Chicago more than once – often commenting on the incompetence of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. Just in January, when with the turn of the New Year murder rates shot up – giving Chicago some record days for homicide, President Trump tweeted that he might resort to getting the fed in there to help resolve the situation.
The Daily Mail reports further:
However, the exodus appeared to be a trend for the Midwest in general, with many leaving other area cities including St. Louis and Cleveland.
Meanwhile, the South and Southwest regions saw the most gains. Two Texas metropolitan areas – Dallas and Houston – reported the biggest numeric increases between July 2015 and July 2016, adding more than 100,000 residents each.
There are wide-ranging reasons for the shifts, from families’ concerns about violence and schools to dwindling immigration and fertility rates. But demographers said Thursday’s data also suggest the reanimation of a trend that paused during the recession – of Americans on the move from the Snow Belt to the suburbs of big cities, and to the Sun Belt.
The Chicago area, which includes surrounding communities in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, lost more than 19,500 residents in a year’s time. Cook County, which encompasses Chicago, also led all counties in population drops, with roughly 21,300 fewer residents. Trailing were Michigan’s Wayne County, where Detroit is located, with roughly 7,700 fewer residents; and Baltimore County, which lost more than 6,700 residents.
Meanwhile, Arizona’s Maricopa County had the highest annual population increase, gaining over 81,000 residents, followed by Harris County in Texas and Nevada’s Clark County.
Families leaving Chicago cite the nearly-broke city school system that’s closed over 50 schools since 2013 and a soaring violent crime rate with more than 760 homicides last year, the most in two decades. City demographics experts add in longstanding economic trends like fewer entry level jobs and a sagging industrial core, along with the dismantling of dense neighborhood-based public housing.
Lower immigration rates also have impacted the Chicago region’s dwindling population. Immigration, particularly from Mexico, was the key factor behind most of Chicago’s population growth in the 1990s.