by Ray Hayes

For the third year in a row, Chicago has decreased in population, making it the only major city in the US to lose a portion of its residents from 2015 to 2016. Black residents it seems are leaving the city more than anyone other ethnic group.

It has been estimated that more than 181,000 black residents left between 2001 – 2010. With the large amount of residents leaving Chicago, can you guess where they are going? The Sun Belt states which include Florida, Arizona and Texas are the most popular destinations to date.  In my opinion, if this continues Chicago will be pushed aside as the third largest US city and Houston will soon take its place.

Some of the reason many residents are leaving the city include high taxes, state budget stalemate, crime, and weather. I would like to be the first to say that I like the city of Chicago but man oh man does the weather suck! The West Coast and South sure does sound nice around December and January.

With the loss of so many resident’s this could impact small businesses. As business owners leave for Texas, there will be a need to replace those local businesses and those residents who choose to stay can do so. In the meantime, the decline of the population doesn’t seem to be ending soon for the City of Wind and Texas seems to be the place to go. No wonder why Houston is the new most diverse city in the US.