Chicago losing population, could be overtaken by Houston as 3rd-largest

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CHICAGO — The population in Chicago is dropping, and if it continues, we could lose our status as the third biggest city in the United States.

Last year, the city lost close to 3,000 residents while Houston saw population increases. It is currently the fourth largest city.

If the trends continue, Houston could pass Chicago in about 10 years.

“That’s the trend,” said Rob Paral, a Chicago-based demographer, told the Chicago Tribune. “Even if Chicago stays fairly steady for a period, Houston would pass us up in about 10 years. It’s not inconceivable.”

Residents leaving Chicago and Illinois blame high taxes, the budget stalemate , crime, unemployment and the weather, according to a Tribune survey.

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