Chicago’s demographics are changing, as new statistics show that the Hispanic population grew by 17,000 in a one-year period. Now, for the first time, Hispanics outnumber black residents as the second-largest ethnic group in the city, according to a new census report.
During the same period, the black population in the city saw a decrease, with 42,000 people in that demographic moving out.
According to CBS 2, “It’s not hard to spot the influence and heritage” in Chicago’s Little Village.
CBS2 uses Dulcelandia as an example. According to their website, Dulcelandia is a candy store known for its “trademark candy-filled walls, candy towers, and customized murals showcasing Mexico’s many traditions such as the breaking of piñatas and the creation of chocolate by ancient Mayans.”
Since it opened in 1995, sales and customers have increased. Eduardo Rodriguez spoke for Dulcelandia. He says the changes represent “an increase in our purchasing power, so that helps to better the economic conditions of the area.”
This would seem to reflect new U.S. Census data showing the Hispanic population in Chicago jumping from 786,000 to 803,000 between 2015 and 2016.
This means about 30 percent of the Windy City’s population is now of Hispanic or Latino descent.
Shari Runner of the Chicago Urban League says this trend actually began about a decade ago. Runner says a lack of economic opportunities, crime, and high taxes are pushing African Americans out of Chicago.
Another contributing factor may be the fact that Chicago has proclaimed illegal aliens are welcome in the Windy City, where the high number of homicides (more than 400 this year) has placed it at the top of the list in the nation for the most killings in 2017.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has also declared the city a “Trump-free Zone.”
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