Chicago, IL is the third most populated city in the country and can be a great place to work and live. The city is full of great neighborhoods, a major downtown area, great shopping and dining, professional sports teams, and a variety of other activities. While Chicago is considered a great place to work and live, it appears to be slowly losing parts of its population (http://abc7chicago.com/news/census-chicago-loses-population-for-3rd-consecutive-year/2035233/).
According to a census report completed by the city, the population in Chicago dropped by about 9 thousand residents. This also marked the third straight year that the city has seen a drop in population. The decline in population appears to be a very similar story for the rest of the state as the population in Illinois has declined as well.
Overall, the shifts in population appear to be different in different areas of the city. Population in The Loop, The West Loop, and a few north side areas have increase over the past few years. At the same time, the population in the south side and areas on the west side of the city have declined more significantly.
Overall, there are a lot of factors that have contributed to the decline in population. Some people have attributed the population decline to economic factors including an increase in personal taxes and an increase in business taxes, which has forced some businesses to leave the state. Others have considered the recent increase in the amount of violence in the city to the population decline. Overall, the population decline in Chicago is attributed by a recent trend of people moving to cities in the south. Overall, 10 of the 15 largest population increases in the country have taken place in the south, in cities such as Austin and Nashville.