CHICAGO (CBS) — The face of Chicago is changing.
New census statistics show the Hispanic population grew by 17,000 in a one-year period. For the first time, Hispanics are the second-largest ethnic group in the city.READ MORE: 85% Of Chicago Bears Players Are Vaccinated Against COVID-19, And Team Hopes That Number Goes Up
Meanwhile, the African-American population is shrinking, with 42,000 moving out.
CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports.
In Little Village, it’s not hard to spot the influence and heritage. At Dulcelandia, a candy store, sales and the number of customers have increased since the business opened in 1995.READ MORE: One Person Killed, One Officer Injured In Calumet City Police Shooting
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.
“It represents an increase in our purchasing power so that helps to better the economic conditions of the area,” says Eduardo Rodriguez of Dulcelandia.
Subtracted from Chicago’s numbers – more than 42,000 African Americans, who left the city.MORE NEWS: West Side Teens Get Some Maritime Experience Out In Lake Michigan On Boats, Thanks To Community Leader Rev. Walter Jones
Shari Runner of the Chicago Urban League says this trend began about a decade ago. She thinks lack of economic opportunity and crime and high taxes are pushing African Americans out of Chicago.