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White Flight in Illinois Map

Maps show changes in the white population since 1980.


This data is part of a series on segregation in Illinois that resulted from a six-month Governing investigation.

Many urban neighborhoods throughout Illinois have experienced significant declines in white residents over the past several decades. At the same time, many more recently-developed suburban and outlying areas have seen increases.

Select a metro area to view white population changes since 1980 for neighborhoods, shown as Census tracts.

1980-2017 White Population Change
< -5,000
< -2,500
> 2,500
> 5,000

Metro Area:

SOURCE: 1980 Census, 2017 five-year U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey tract-level data

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