2000 Census Facts
While there were few dramatic changes for Mount Prospect and much of Northeastern Illinois between 1990-2000, there are some interesting numbers. While the Census results are used to redistrict congressional and state legislative districts, they are also an important tool for federal, state, county and local agencies to deliver services. In addition, changes in demographics can increase or decrease the amount of federal funds for which the Village is eligible.
The following is a summary of the profiles provided to the Village by the Bureau of the Census and a summary provided by the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission. The profiles for all municipalities, counties and states are available on line at www.census.gov.
Overall, the Village has increased in population by 3,095 from 53,170 in 1990 to 56,265 in 2000. Neighboring towns saw similar increases: Des Plaines increased by 5,497 people to a total of nearly 59,000; Prospect Heights increased 1,842 people to a total of 17,081. Elk Grove Village increased to 34,727, an addition of 1,298 people; Arlington Heights had the smallest increase in the area - adding 571, bringing their total population to just over 76,000.
Regionally, Cook County increased by 271,674 (5.32%) to 5,376,741 and all of Northeastern Illinois, including Cook and the collar counties, increased 830,544 (11.4%) to 8,091,720. The state saw an increase of nearly 1 million people (8.6%), resulting in a total population of 12.5 million.
One of the biggest stories from the census is the significant growth of the nation’s Latino population. The growth of the Hispanic population in Illinois reflects national trends. According to the Census Bureau statistics, the state’s Hispanic population stands at 1,530,262, a 69.2 % increase over the 904,449 Hispanics counted in 1990. Mount Prospect’s Latino population nearly doubled to over 6,000 residents, representing 12% of the total population. Our surrounding neighbors saw similar increases.
And of course, we are all getting a little older. Although as the following charts reflect, Mount Prospect does not appear to be aging as quickly. While the median age for the village is not the lowest, the change from 1990 is about half that of Arlington Heights and Elk Grove Village. In addition, the second chart shows the greatest gains and losses in population by age range.