Census: Marriage still the norm in Fox Valley
With release of the first 2010 census figures in February, we found out Elgin had become the eighth-largest city in Illinois (and fifth largest in metropolitan Chicago); that Pingree Grove’s 3,554 percent growth rate made it one of the fastest-growing towns in the country; that for the first time, Elgin had slightly more Hispanics than non-Hispanic whites; and that the Fox Valley’s Asian population was growing rapidly.
Now the Census Bureau has released another layer of details about what its census takers found out about Illinois and the northern Fox Valley as they looked at what we were like on April 1, 2010.
These include data about how old we are and insights about how we organize our families in this era of cohabitation and gay civil unions. They also include breakdowns of where many of our newest immigrants — Asians and Hispanics — draw their family roots.
Here are some choice figures from the new releases. For more, see http://factfinder2.census.gov.
Years ago, it was called “living in sin.” But today, about one person in every 20 in the city of Elgin is living with what the census responders called an “unmarried partner.”