Shelbyville Daily Union

February 16, 2011

Census: State Gains, County Loses

Illinois Up 3.3 Percent, Remains 5th Largest State

FRANK MULHOLLAND - Daily Union Managing Editor
Daily Union

SHELBYVILLE, IL. — According to the Census Bureau who released Illinois’ numbers today, the state had a slight increase, and several surrounding counties had increases, but here at home Shelbyville lost population and Shelby County also was a loser in overall population.

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Director Warren Ribley today announced results of the 2010 census for the state of Illinois.  According to the data, over 12.8 million (12,830,632) people live in Illinois, up 3.3 percent since 2000. 

The city of Shelbyville lost 271 from the 2000 census and the county lost 530 people.  Shelbyville came in at 4,700 down from 2000 figure of 4,971 and Shelby County came in at 22,363, down from 22,893.

Shelbyville mayor Roy Shuff said he was very disappointed in the new numbers.

“I am totally shocked at those figures.  This is terrible news,” said Shuff.  “We worked very hard to be sure everyone was counted.  This will have a big effect on our funding.”

Shelbyville City Treasurer David Frost said those numbers mean a big loss in state revenue for the city.

“We receive revenue from the state in two - three different areas and that revenue is based on population,” said Frost.  “I have calculated that we will lose somewhere in the neighborhood of $32,000 in revenue per year due to those population numbers.”

Former city commissioner and local businessman Tim Finks headed up the Shelby County Complete Count Committee.  That committee was made up of a cross selection of community leaders, office holders, ministers, educators and senior citizens who worked on a local level to convince everyone to complete the census form.

“Those numbers are very unfortunate and will hurt city services,” said Finks.  “I believe there was still a lot of people who did not complete the form and consequently we have no one to blame but ourselves.”

The Census Bureau disagreed with Finks and said the 2010 Census represented the most massive participation movement ever in the country with 74 percent of households voluntarily returning their census form by mail.  Illinois has a 76 percent participation rate, above the national average.

“The Census is an important tool to ensure communities of every size get their fair share of funding for vital services and programs, and to provide accurate data to plan for the future,” said Director Ribley.  “Thanks to our collaboration with community organizations throughout the state, this year’s census yielded one of the largest response rates ever.”

In Shelby County almost all of the communities lost population with the exception of Windsor which saw a slight increase.  According to the Census Bureau figures Windsor gained 62 people.  Findlay lost 40, Moweaqua lost 92, Stewardson lost 13 and there were no figures for Strasburg, Tower Hill, Cowden or Herrick.

Some neighboring counties had gains.  Coles County gained 677 folks, Douglas County increased 58 residents, and Moultrie increased 559.  However, most neighboring counties also had losses.  Effingham County lost 22, Clark County lost 673, Edgar County lost 1,128 and Cumberland County lost 205 residents.

The top five counties in Illinois based on population are: Cook, Dupage, Lake, Will and Kane.  The five largest cities are Chicago (2,695,598), Aurora (197,899), Rockford (152,871), Joliet (147,433), and Naperville.  Downstate, Springfield (116,250), Peoria (115,007), Champaign (81,055), Bloomington (76,610, and Decatur (76,122) had the largest populations.

Cook County continues to have the highest population in the state with nearly 5.2 million residents (5,194,675), a decrease of 3.4 percent.  This includes approximately 2.7 million residents in the City of Chicago, which saw a 6.9 percent decrease from 2000.

Illinois has seen an increase in minorities in the state over the last decade.  Asians experienced the largest increase - 163,331 residents since 2000, a 38.6 percent increase.  People reporting two or more races on their census form increased 54,966 or 23.4 percent.  People reporting Hispanic or Latino origin increased by nearly 500,000 residents, or 32.5 percent.  The voting age population in Illinois, people 18 years and over, increased by over 500,000 residents, or 5.8 percent.

The U. S. Census Bureau conducts the census every 10 years, as required by the U. S. Constitution.  Census questionnaires were mailed or delivered to every household  in the United States beginning in early 2010.  In December 2010, apportionment data was announced: this information is used to determine the number of Congressional seats each state receives.

The data received today, known as the redistricting data,  will allow state officials  to realign congressional and state legislative districts as part of the redistricting process, taking into account population shifts since the last census and assuring equal representation for their constituents.

For more information on the 2010 Census, visit://