Demographic snapshot report 2-23-16


Update: The Demographics: Planning for a diverse region ON TO 2050 Snapshot report is now available, and your feedback is welcome.  Data for the Snapshot can be found on the CMAP Data Hub. Please send your thoughts, ideas, or questions to

The population of the Chicago region is changing.

The residents of metropolitan Chicago are its most critical asset. Understanding the shifting demographics of the region is essential to creating a relevant, long-term comprehensive plan. Trends in race and ethnicity, age, and language should help shape policy and planning decisions and to fine tune regional goals. Looking at demographic trends will enable the plan and stakeholders to better address the needs of all communities.

ON TO 2050 will reflect metropolitan Chicago's changing demography.

CMAP is currently collecting and analyzing demographic data to inform the next plan, as well as ON TO 2050 outreach and implementation efforts. For instance, we know the region is diversifying, with recent population growth being driven primarily by persons of color. These shifting demographics have implications for regional and local planning. Racial and ethnic groups may hold varying preferences and face different challenges in housing, transportation, education, employment opportunities, and other factors that impact quality of life.

In addition to exploring the above findings, the upcoming Demographics Snapshot report will include analysis of socioeconomic characteristics such as educational attainment, employment, and income, which will be integral to ON TO 2050's strategies. Comparing these trends to peer metropolitan areas will also provide a perspective on the region's continued vitality and economic success.

This is your plan.

Continual input by stakeholder organizations and individuals was vital to the development and implementation of GO TO 2040. From now through the next plan's adoption in October 2018 and beyond, CMAP will be engaging a broad cross-section of partners from across the region.

Take a moment to fill out the questions below, and for more information on CMAP's public engagement efforts, please visit

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