Demographers have long known that the baby boom of the 1950s was giving way to a baby bust nationwide. Now Illinois and the Chicago area are providing a vivid example of the trend: According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, from 2000 to 2010, Illinois had a 6.2 percent drop in children under 10, among the biggest declines in the country.Great moments in Blue America:
In 2000, Chicago had 442,534 children under age 10. Black children made up the largest group, with Hispanic children a close second. A decade later, with total population down 6.9 percent, the under-10 population had dropped 20.5 percent to 351,964 children. Hispanic children were the largest group, making up 41 percent of the population, with blacks making up 34 percent and whites 18 percent.Moody's and S&P might have noticed.