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These Chicago suburbs are among the 10 fastest growing in Illinois – NBC Chicago

Of the 10 Illinois cities that saw the largest population growth in the most recent census data, seven were in the Chicago area.

The US Census Bureau’s 2023 population estimates released in mid-May showed that while Chicago appeared to be losing some of its population, others saw considerable growth.

According to the data, Chicago lost about 0.3 percent of its population between July 1, 2022, and July 1, 2023, raising concerns that the Windy City could lose its longtime spot as America’s third-largest city if the trend continues.

Meanwhile, two small communities in McHenry County — Wonder Lake and Union — saw population growth of 9.39 percent — the largest of any part of Illinois.

A few percentage points behind was the Lake County village of Volo;

reported a population growth of 6.56%. Deer Grove in Whiteside County, along the Iowa border in northwestern Illinois, and Grafton, a town near the confluence of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers in Jersey County, rounded out the top five.

The two communities recorded increases of 5.71% and 4.79%, respectively.

Of Illinois’ more than 1,000 municipalities, including cities, towns and villages, here are the 10 communities with the largest population growth from 2022 to 2023:

Overall, Illinois has also lost population in the past year, although the state previously objected to the census data.

The 2020 Census found that Illinois lost just over 18,000 residents over a 10-year period, or about 0.1% of its population. But Illinois officials said the state actually gained residents between 2010 and 2020.

According to officials, more than 700 “group quarters” were missed or undercounted as part of the 2020 census. More than 40,000 people living in care homes or residential aged care facilities were found to have been missed, along with nearly 6,000 residents in dormitories and other dormitories.

The recounted residents won’t be added to the official total of 12,812,508 from that census, but officials say the recount will impact how year-to-year projections are calculated, resulting in additional federal funding for the state.

Despite growth in North Aurora, the larger city of Aurora, Illinois’ second-largest city, lost population, according to the data, falling from 177,931 to 177,563.

“The latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau are just as flawed and erroneous as the number reported in the 2020 Census,” Mayor Richard Irvin said in a statement when the data was first released. “2020 Census Bureau data shows nationwide undercounts, and using those incorrect numbers to provide additional estimates is absolutely absurd. We know that Aurora did not experience a loss of 17,000 residents in 2020, and we reject the idea that we have lost about 3,000 more residents in the past three years. That is why we are pursuing a special census recount, although the process of doing so has been arduous at best.”