The 2010 census data reflect that Evanston’s total population grew from 74,239 in 2000 to 74,486 in 2010, an increase of 247 persons. In 1990 the total population was 73,233.
The census reports data by race, including: white, black or African American, American Indian and Alaska native, Asian, native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander, some other race, and two or more races. The data show the following changes in Evanston’s demographics from 1990, to 2000, to 2010:
• The percentage of white persons changed from 70.6% to 65.2% to 65.6%.
• The percentage of black or African American persons declined from 22.9% to 22.5% to 18.1%.
• The percentage of Asians increased from 4.8% to 6.1% to 8.6%.
• The percentage falling into some other race increased from 1.5% to 3.0% to 3.6%.
• The percentage of persons designating themselves as being of two or more races increased slightly, from 3.0% in 2000 to 3.8% in 2010. (There was not a category for reporting two or more races in 1990.)
The census reports the number and percent of persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, but it includes them in one of the above racial categories. The number of Hispanic or Latino persons in the City increased from 3.7% in 1990, to 6.1% in 2000 to 9.0% in 2010.
The 2010 census also reports that the total number of housing units in the City is 33,181, 30,047 of which are occupied. That shows a vacancy rate of 9.4%.
In 2000 the census data reported total housing units of 30,817, 29,651 – or 96.2% – of which were occupied. The number of housing units in the City increased by 2,364 between 2000 and 2010.
Data showing other characteristics of the population, such as income, educational level and household type are not yet available.
City spokesperson Eric Palmer said the City’s staff is reviewing the data to assess the impact of the changes in population will have on the City.