Kane population jumps 27.5 percent in last 10 years
The last 10 years have been very busy in Kane County. Information released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that from 2000 to 2010 the population in the county increased by 27.5 percent.
Overall, the county’s population increased by 111,150 people, the Census Bureau reported, growing to 515,269.
Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay said the numbers only verify what most in the county have believed for some time.
“We’ve been living it; we all have,” said McConnaughay. “I think we all here in Kane County are aware that this county has been among the fastest-growing regions in the country for the last two decades.”
Much of the population growth occurred in the county’s two largest cities. In Elgin, which ranked as the state’s eighth-largest city, the population increased by 14.5 percent in the last decade, rising from 94,487 in 2000 to 108,188 in 2010.
But in Aurora, which officially ranks as the second-largest city in Illinois, population increased by about 35 percent, rising from 142,990 in 2000 to 197,899 in 2010, the Census Bureau said. However, the population increase in Aurora came in four counties, as that city lies in Kane, Kendall, DuPage and Will counties.
Local population information for the Tri-Cities and other nearby communities was not available Tuesday.
David Anderson, village president in Elburn, said his village is anxiously awaiting the census results as it will determine a great deal about that village’s future, including how much the village will need to spend to set up a local pension board for its police officers.