Study: A third of young adults want out of Chicago

Posted1/30/2019 6:35 PM

Over a third of young adults in Chicago -- especially African Americans -- want out of this city, citing racism, fractured police-community relations, neighborhood disinvestment and lack of jobs and economic mobility, a new study finds.

The University of Chicago's GenForward Project surveyed African-American, Asian, Latinx and white young adults from 10 diverse neighborhoods, and found 36 percent want to leave the city -- but as high as 46 percent in challenged neighborhoods like Englewood.


"We know that young people, especially millennials, are now the largest generation. They comprise the largest share of the workforce and eligible voters. To think about the shape of the country or the city without centering their voices is a mistake," said Cathy Cohen, GenForward founder and U of C political science professor.

Not surprisingly, "Race & Place: Young Adults and The Future of Chicago," found stark disparities in perspectives of white vs. African-American and Latinx young adults. For example, 1 in 3 African-American, 1 in 6 Latinx and 1 in 10 Asian millennials said they can't depend on Chicago police in an emergency, vs. 8 percent of whites.

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