Latest Data (2016)
Population 2,704,958
Nationwide Rank 3

Quick Facts

Chicago, Illinois is the 3rd largest city in the United States as of 2016.

Chicago, Illinois is a city.

Chicago, Illinois is currently 25.3% smaller than it was in 1950, the year of its peak recorded population.

Chicago, Illinois's growth is extremely below average. 94% of similarly sized cities are growing faster since 2000.

Chicago, Illinois Border Map

Similarly Sized Cities In US

US Rank Name Population Growth
2000-2016
1 New York, New York 8,537,673 6.5%
2 Los Angeles, California 3,976,322 7.3%
3 Chicago, Illinois 2,704,958 -6.5%
4 Houston, Texas 2,303,482 16.4%
5 Phoenix, Arizona 1,615,017 21.7%
6 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1,567,872 3.5%
7 San Antonio, Texas 1,492,510 28.2%
8 San Diego, California 1,406,630 14.6%
9 Dallas, Texas 1,317,929 10.6%
10 San Jose, California 1,025,350 13.4%
11 Austin, Texas 947,890 41.0%
12 Jacksonville, Florida 880,619 19.5%
13 San Francisco, California 870,887 12.0%

Demographics

Population History

Year Population Rank in US
2016 2,704,958 3
2015 2,720,546 3
2014 2,722,389 3
2013 2,718,782 3
2012 2,714,856 3
2011 2,705,248 3
2010 2,695,598 3
2009 2,851,268 3
2008 2,830,026 3
2007 2,811,035 3
2006 2,806,391 3
2005 2,824,584 3
2004 2,848,996 3
2003 2,866,361 3
2002 2,881,295 3
2001 2,894,988 3
2000 2,895,671 3
1990 2,783,660 3
1980 3,005,072 2
1970 3,366,957 2
1960 3,550,404 2
1950 3,620,962 2
1940 3,396,808 2
1930 3,376,438 2
1920 2,701,705 2
1910 2,185,283 2
1900 1,698,575 2
1890 1,099,850 2
1880 503,185 4
1870 298,977 5
1860 112,172 9
1850 29,963 24
1840 4,470 92