SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Today’s numbers are shrinking

Friday, Apr 4, 2014

* Daniel Kay Hertz documented Chicago’s shrinking middle class since 1970 by measuring each Census tract’s median family income as a percentage of the median family income for the Chicago metropolitan region as a whole. The gray areas are defined as middle class on the map tracts. Check it out

If the gif images aren’t advancing on your browser, click here.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


25 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 12:57 pm:

    Just as striking as the loss of middle-class neighborhoods on the West and South sides is the growth of the green, uber-wealthy neighborhoods along the north lakefront.

    More and more, a tale of two cities.


  2. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    Great work Daniel, great post Rich.

    You may also like this one:

    http://www.netmigration.wisc.edu

    County by county migration data going back 60 years.


  3. - Wensicia - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 12:59 pm:

    More striking is the expanding division between the wealthy and the less well off.


  4. - PMcP - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:03 pm:

    Saw this the other day. I’m not sure it shows the destruction of the middle class, rather it illustrates the concentration of wealth. People may in fact be better off across all areas, income-wise, but not enough information to say whether the middle-class is smaller.


  5. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:04 pm:

    This demographic shift has been playing out across the country for 40 years, it’s just very neatly mapped in Chicago.

    Inequality is on the march, and it isn’t just Chicago. If you did this on the scale of the entire state, you’d notice similar patterns. The suburbs would start greener in 1970 and become more gray while many downstate cities would go from gray to orange. And the green on the north side of Chicago extends all the way to the Wisconsin border.

    But yeah, it’s a cool map.


  6. - RonOglesby - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:08 pm:

    It also does not show the growth of the suburbs, overall growth of population in the area and how the gray really moves out away from the city.

    Thus some of the city’s problem shrinking tax base/ tax payers.


  7. - cod - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:11 pm:

    The map would be much more useful if it was actually covered the entire chicago metro area. You cant get a accurate picture without including the suburbs.


  8. - Steve - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:13 pm:

    Some places don’t want middle class jobs and middle class housing. No one would confuse Chicago with Houston would they??? Those land use restrictions , zoning, and union costs are a lot for the middle class to pay. We are Chicago: we have high property taxes, we have high retail sales taxes. Yeah!


  9. - Wensicia - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:14 pm:

    ==And the green on the north side of Chicago extends all the way to the Wisconsin border.==

    No, it doesn’t. Some of the poorest communities in the state start less than 5 miles from northern Lake Forest and extend North/Northwest to the Wisconsin state border. Former middle class communities like Waukegan and Zion are now mostly high poverty.


  10. - Angry Republican - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:27 pm:

    Daniel also has an excellent map showing homicides in Chicago by police district. It will be no surprise the highest number of homicides occur in the poorest neighborhoods.


  11. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:34 pm:

    Try not to be so literal Wensicia.


  12. - Secret Square - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:41 pm:

    Check out also this series of articles from Straight Dope Chicago, titled “Where Everybody Went”:

    http://chicago.straightdope.com/sdccensus1.php


  13. - Formerly Known As... - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:43 pm:

    A separate study of Census data released last month by the Brookings shows Chicago ranks somewhere around 4th or 5th worst in the nation for income inequality.

    Meanwhile, incumbents from the governor on down are running for reelection while highlighting themes of income inequality, the shrinking middle class and a lack of opportunities for upward mobility.

    The tragic irony of this situation appears lost on many of them.


  14. - Almost the Weekend - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:48 pm:

    Globalization in America. Middle Class lost, the 1% won.


  15. - 39th Ward - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 1:54 pm:

    What about the increasing percentages of retired people in certain areas? Those folks would tend to drive down the average household incomes, but might still be solidly middle class.


  16. - Six Degrees of Separation - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 2:26 pm:

    With all that concentration of wealth, and middle class shrinkage, I see bigger homes and smaller family sizes trending, the opposite of what is planned for Chicago over the next 25 years. Gentrification. If there is going to be densification, it might be more likely in the lower middle class near suburbs more so than in the city itself.


  17. - Anonymous - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 2:39 pm:

    This is why Bruce Rainer will lose.


  18. - Rod - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 3:41 pm:

    We bought our home on the border of Uptown and Andersonville in 1981. (near Foster and Clark streets) The wealth increase just on my own block is simply mind boggling. So when we bought our single family home for $72,000 it was the most expensive ever sold on the block, it is now worth with good luck $800,000. We now have a single family home on this block being offered at $1.4 million.

    There are no lower income families renting or owning on the block I live on anymore. The only minority families left are a total of four Vietnamese and Hispanic families that haven’t sold out to developers. When we moved on this block white families composed about 45% of the population, today it is about 80% white.

    So in short the article presents a very accurate picture of what has happened in Chicago. In terms of property wealth my family was a big winner.


  19. - Carl Nyberg - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 4:05 pm:

    Is it Chicago’s shrinking middle-class? Or America’s shrinking middle-class?

    This is exactly what NAFTA was supposed to produce. The rich would get richer. The people who punch a time clock would get less.

    Perot said this was a bad thing. The GOP said it was a good thing. And Clinton said government would mitigate the problem for people on the low end.

    Perot might have been crazy, but just b/c a guy is crazy doesn’t mean he’s wrong.


  20. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 4:37 pm:

    ===This is exactly what NAFTA was supposed to produce. The rich would get richer. The people who punch a time clock would get less.===

    Not for nothing Carl, but free trade deals like NAFTA lifted about 2 billion people out of poverty across the globe over the last two decades. Did the rich get richer? Maybe, but everyone with a mutual fund did pretty well since 1994 too.


  21. - Emily Booth - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 4:51 pm:

    The Chicago I grew up in and the Chicago I’m growing old in. It’s very sad.


  22. - Wensicia - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 5:20 pm:

    @47th,

    Am I wrong in pointing out how changes to the middle class have affected northern Lake County? The wealthier communities have remained unchanged, except for their expansion into Chicago.


  23. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 5:38 pm:

    Wensicia, i didn’t say you were wrong. I said your interpretation of my comment was too literal. I didn’t say there wasn’t poverty in the northern suburbs. But compared to the south suburbs, a statewide map of census tracts would show a lot more green to the north of Chicago than to the south.

    Lighten up dude.


  24. - DuPage Dave - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 5:38 pm:

    47th-

    Please supply the research background to support the statement that NAFTA has lifted 2 billion people out of poverty. That’s a much more positive assessment than I’ve seen anywhere else.


  25. - 47th Ward - Friday, Apr 4, 14 @ 6:10 pm:

    DD, I overstated it by a billion. Still, lifting a billion people out of poverty is an amazing accomplishment. Unless you used to make shoes in the US.

    http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21578665-nearly-1-billion-people-have-been-taken-out-extreme-poverty-20-years-world-should-aim


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Cook County judge: Illinois can't pay state workers without a budget
* Federal judge: Pay DCFS workers
* Today's quotable
* *** UPDATED x1 - Kirk campaign calls ads "false" and "sickening" *** Kirk under fire from enviro groups
* Get off the back bench, please
* A triangulating shift
* Counting the absent legislators
* Credit Unions – 100 Million Strong
* The reddest of meat
* Today's number: 47
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Apple No Longer Signing iOS 8.3 for iPhone, iPad, iPod and Apple TV
        * Celebrities are getting verified profiles on Tinder
        * Rdio bringing select stations from local influencers and record labels
        * ASUS Pegasus 2 Plus, mid-range phone with 3GB RAM
        * Tech21's New Apple-Exclusive iPhone Cases Designed to Match Apple Watch Sport Bands
        * NVIDIA SHIELD updated to version 1.3 bringing WIFI and controller connectivity improvements
        * OnePlus brings its One smartphone a late-life upgrade

        * Shot on an iPhone, ‘Tangerine’ Captures a Moment in Time
        * Five Tips for Taking Better Summer Vacation Photos
        * Start Your Day Off Right with the SAVERS Morning Routine
        * Your Heart-Rate Will Now Determine Tinder Matches 
        * Gartner Cuts 2015 Outlook Amid PC Weakness, China Smartphone Slowdown
        * This DIY Wall-Mounted Swing Arm Keeps Your TV or Monitor Off the Bench
        * Showtime Streaming Goes Live On Apple TV

        * Ruminations on the Chris Sale-Mark Buehrle duel
        * Quintana hopes for run support against Blue Jays
        * Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays
        * White Sox turn tables after opponent's mistake
        * Sale named AL All-Star, goes the distance
        * White Sox 4, Blue Jays 2: Chris Sale-Mark Buehrle duel meets expect...
        * Sale fans 6 in complete-game win over Jays

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Jim Nowlan: Addressing Chicago's mess - Champai.....
        * Federal judge enforces decree, says DCFS worker.....
        * Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google +0 - Crain's C.....
        * Budget fights affecting groups serving the poor.....
        * Get off the back bench, please - The Capitol Fa.....
        * Illinois Budget Battle Approaches Meltdown - Co.....


        * Judge rules no pay for Illinois workers without state budget
        * University of Illinois spends $843K for legal defense
        * Federal judge orders Illinois state payments without budget
        * Chicago group sues 3 suburbs over gun store regulations
        * Autopsy: 3-year-old girl drowned in Mokena swimming pool
        * Peterson returns to court in murder-for-hire trial
        * Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block
        * Amy Schumer and Aziz Ansari to lead Oddball Comedy tour
        * Illinois voters head to polls in primary for Schock's seat
        * Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block

        * Federal judge orders state to keep funding DCFS even without budget
        * ACLU seeks federal enforcement of Illinois child services
        * Despite state budget deadlock, there are ways out
        * Despite budget deadlock, there are ways out
        * Statehouse Insider: Take the over on when this impasse is going to end
        * Springfield School District has paid nearly $500K in pension penalties in past 6 years
        * East St. Louis paid big legal fees to state senator's firm
        * Illinois Senate honors victims of Charleston church shootings
        * Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes
        * State employee lawsuit seeks assurance of full pay despite no budget

        * Horizon Pharma makes hostile bid for Depomed
        * Marco Rubio to give major speech today in Chicago
        * U of I names new law school dean
        * Plane orders plunge for Boeing, Airbus
        * Marco Rubio in Chicago: 'We need a new president for a new age'


          * Person shot, making fifth with 16 hours in South Chicago neighborhood
          * Hot on the trail: Chicago to expand Northwest Side cycling, walking path on river
          * Divvy discount coming for low-income Chicagoans
          * Man, 20, charged with shooting downtown after July 4 fireworks
          * Cold front triggers storms and a much cooler Tuesday
          * Mundelein mayor's July 4 speech on 'moral crisis' sparks fireworks
          * Bruce Jenner's 1984 Olympic Torch going on auction block in Chicago
          * Voters head to polls in primary for Aaron Schock's seat
          * Boy, 16, killed and 8 people wounded in shootings across Chicago
          * Meghan Trainor postpones Chicago show due to vocal cord hemorrhage


          * The legacy of Willie Dixon on his 100th birthday
          * Ex-Illinois US Rep. Reynolds doesn't show for arraignment
          * At eleventh hour, CPS makes huge pension payment
          * Preckwinkle may reevaluate sales tax plan if Springfield acts on pensions
          * Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare
          * Thai Town opens at last in Albany Park
          * Drug addicts sent from Puerto Rico may be victims of ID theft in Chicago
          * Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago
          * No more 'roar' as famed trading pits come to an end
          * Race to replace ex-Rep. Schock a classic GOP primary contest


          * Judge rules no pay for state workers without budget agreement
          * University of Illinois spends $843K for legal defense against professor denied job
          * Federal judge orders state to keep funding DCFS even without budget
          * ACLU seeks federal enforcement of Illinois child services
          * Our Opinion: Don't let a few voters decide who goes to Congress
          * Fullerton, Konar and Reif: Pope Francis' message a chance for Illinois to plan ethically for climate change
          * Despite state budget deadlock, there are ways out
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Independent redistricting proposal could be on 2016 ballot
          * Statehouse Insider: Take the over on when this impasse is going to end
          * Statehouse Insider: Take the over on when this impasse is going to end


          * Street closures listing
          * PODCAST: Penny for Your Thoughts 07-07-15
          * Judicial circuit for Sangamon County applies for cameras
          * Peterson returns to court in murder-for-hire trial
          * Federal judge orders Illinois state payments without budget
          * Boycott drive gains strength, raising alarm in Israel
          * U.S. military chiefs face tough questioning from senators
          * Obama chimes in on pop culture, 140 characters at a time
          * Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could aid women's cases
          * South Carolina Senate gives final OK to Confederate flag removal


          * Federal, Indiana authorities raid home of Subway spokesman
          * Blackhawks, van Riemsdyk agree to 2-year extension
          * Lawyers: Cosby's drugs-sex admission could aid women's cases
          * Panel: Politics among reasons for botched UN Ebola response
          * US military chiefs face tough questioning from senators

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * Fake letter has top Dem meddling in Ukrain......
          * Fake letter sparks allegations of US meddl......
          * ​Critics of Ukraine's government get propa......

          * NRDC TV Ads Call Out Kirk on Climate - Vir......
          * NRDC hits Illinois Republican over climate......
          * Environmental Groups Launch Anti-Kirk Ad C......
          * Sierra Club Ad Campaign Targets Kirk Over ......

          * The NEA RA: The vote on institutional racism happened yesterday. The debate happened today.
          * I have met the institution and it is us.
          * Pastor Sees Chicago Cops Running Around Street. What He Finds Astounds Him
          * 18th CD to determine primary candidates today
          * Thorner: White House Conference on Aging: Will Elder Justice be addressed sufficiently?
          * 18th CD to determine primary nominees today
          * Progress Illinois On Abbreviated Publishing Schedule
          * Illinois Governor nixes raises for state lawmakers
          * State Lawmakers Could Vote On Temporary Budget Measure Wednesday
          * The [Wednesday] Papers


          * State, Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement - Workers at IDOT, DHS, IDES, and CMS in Cook County to Vote on New Contract
          * Governor Rauner Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines for Businesses and Individuals Impacted by Recent Tornado - Deadlines Pushed to December 31, 2015
          * Illinois EPA Releases Annual Report on Landfill Capacity
          * IDNR Urges Public to Leave Fireworks Displays to Those Who Are Licensed and Trained - Fireworks Show Sponsors Reminded to Check Credentials of Fireworks Vendors
          * Governor Receives Initial Criminal Justice Commission Report




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller