Hispanic population shrinks in Bolingbrook, grows in Schaumburg
BY ART GOLAB Staff Reporter September 19, 2013 12:25AM
Bolingbrook High School | File photo
Updated: September 19, 2013 12:26AM
The Hispanic population shrank in Bolingbrook by more than six percentage points from 2011 to 2012, but grew by six percentage points in Schaumburg, according to the most recent census estimates to be released Thursday.
The numbers showed Hispanics dropped from 26 percent of the population in Bolingbrook to 20 percent, while in Schaumburg Hispanics went from six percent to nearly 13 percent of the population.
That was one example of shifting demographic tides in the area revealed by the Census Bureau’s yearly American Community Survey.
Most of the changes were not statistically significant, and were within the survey’s margins of error.
In Schaumburg, as the percentage of Hispanics grew, the percentage of non-Hispanic whites declined by almost eight percentage points, from 69 percent in 2011 to 61 percent in 2012.
Meanwhile, the only town where the percentage of blacks increased above the survey’s margin of error was Elgin, where the percentage went from 4 percent to 8 percent.
And among Asians, the highest growth, three percentage points, was in Evanston, while the largest decline, three points, was in Arlington Heights.
In Chicago, all the ethnic and racial changes were not statistically significant.
In other findings:
◆ The Chicago Metro Area’s median household income remained steady at around $59,000.
◆ The area’s foreign born population was 17.7 percent, virtually unchanged from the previous year.
◆ The rate of uninsured decreased slightly, from 15 percent to 14.7 percent.