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Champaign sees large growth among diverse populations

The Hispanic and Latino population in Champaign County more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, while the overall population grew about 11 percent.

The U.S. Census Bureau released more detailed 2010 Census population totals and demographic characteristics to the governor and leadership of the state legislature in Illinois Tuesday. These data provide the first look at population counts for small areas and race, Hispanic origin, voting age and housing unit data released from the 2010 Census.

The official 2010 Census Redistricting Data Summary File can be used to redraw federal, state and local legislative districts under Public Law 94-171. The census data are used by state officials to realign congressional and state legislative districts in their states, taking into account population shifts since the 2000 Census.

According to the new numbers:

  • The Hispanic and Latino population was the fastest growing in Champaign County – from about 5,200 residents in 2000 to over 10,600 in 2010
  • Though still the largest population group in Champaign County, the white population grew slightly between 2000 and 2010 at nearly 4.3 percent
  • Savoy grew 62 percent in population while Champaign grew 20 percent in size between 2000 and 2010.
  • Rantoul has the most percentage of vacant housing units at just over 13 percent; Savoy has the least amount of vacant housing units at just over 4.5 percent

 Use the map below to see how other places changed over the past 10 years: (See also our race maps)

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