Census: Elgin now the sixth-largest city in Illinois

  • Elgin has moved up two spots in the list of most populated cities in the state.

    Elgin has moved up two spots in the list of most populated cities in the state. Rick West | Staff Photographer

Updated 8/13/2021 4:49 PM

Elgin is now the sixth largest city in Illinois, according to 2020 census data just released.

With a population of 114,797, Elgin has moved up two spots since 2010, when it was eighth. The city also grew by 6.1% -- the highest percentage for any Illinois city with a population of more than 100,000.


"The newly released data brings great news for Elgin," Mayor David Kaptain said in a news release. "Elgin is a city of choice, with the highest quality services and amenities. Elgin's growth will continue to attract new residential and commercial developments."

The top five most populous cities in Illinois are Chicago, Aurora, Joliet, Naperville and Rockford.

As the city has grown it also has become more diverse, with the Latino population growing from 43.6% to 45.7% and the Asian population growing from 5.4% to 5.9%.

"I'm proud that Elgin is home to a growing diverse community," Kaptain said in the release. "The 2020 census data indicates our continued need to make sure that those growing populations are represented in government and other areas of decision making."


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