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Population drops in Chicago

While Chicago saw a drop in its population rate, people are still moving to Illinois.

While Chicago saw a drop in its population rate, people are still moving to Illinois.

Chicago may be Frank Sinatra's kind of town, but if the 10-year exodus is any indication of the city's appeal, it's not for some Americans.

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday, Chicago lost almost 7 percent of its residents between 2000 and 2010.

What Chicago may have lost in population, however, other nearby towns gained, as Illinois saw more people moving to the state. Over the same 10-year period, the survey found the Illinois' population went from 12.4 million to 12.8 million.

Other noteworthy findings included a greater proportion of blacks leaving Chicago, as the African-American population decreased 17 percent over 10 years. Nevertheless, blacks still represent the largest bloc among races in the city, accounting for 32.4 percent of the population. Statewide, Hispanics outnumber blacks, but non-Hispanic whites take up the largest chunk of Illinois residents at 63.7 percent.

Though the Census showed more people moving to Illinois between 2000 and 2010, a recently released study by Atlas Van Lines found more people moved out of the state last year specifically. The Midwest in general saw a decline in population growth in 2010.