population

The building of the Burlington Northern railroad in 1863 spurred the development of the small town of Crawford, which was later annexed to Chicago in 1869 and extended Chicago's western boundary from Western Avenue to what is now Pulaski Road. Douglas Park, a laboratory for world-famous landscape architect Jens Jensen, lies on the eastern end of the corridor. A railroad again spurred the development of North Lawndale when the Douglas Park branch of the City's elevated Blue line was built in 1890. Russian Jews were the dominant group and the population grew to over 112,000 in the 1930s. In the 1950s, North Lawndale became a main port of entry for African-Americans migrating from the South. By 1960, the population had reached an all-time high of 125,000, 90% of which was African-American. The riots of the late 1960s, coupled with the loss of 80% of the area's manufacturing jobs in the 1970s, fueled the loss of businesses and residents. The latest U.S. Census figures put North Lawndale's population at 39,283, a decrease of 13.9% over more than a decade. Currently, 95.7% of the population is African-American and 2% is Latino.

Age

Age

Total

% Of Total Population

Birth to 4 years

3,169

8.1%

5 to 19 years

10,925

27.8%

20 to 64 years

21,054

53.6%

65+ years

4,135

10.5%

Total Population

39,283

 

Households

Classification

Total

Percent

Households

12,098

Family Households

8,275

68.4%

Non-family Households

3,823

31.6%

Family Households With Related Children Under 18 Years

3,574

43.2%

Family Households Without Related Children Under 18 Years

4,700

56.8%

Income

Median Household Income

$22,786

Median Family Income

$27,240

Median Income for Men Working Full Time, Year Round

$36,490

Median Income for Women Working Full Time, Year Round

$30,583

Families Below Poverty Level

3,384

40.9%

Individuals Below Poverty Level

17,638

44.9%

Information about North Lawndale comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey and is extracted from the predominant community ZIP code of 60624.

Population Trends

1990

2000

2010

2013

Total Population

49,998

45,647

38,105

39,283

African-American

49,466 (99%)

44,765 (98.1%)

36,311 (95.3%)

37,599 (95.7%)

Latino

314 (0.6%)

463 (1%)

1,160 (3%)

825 (2%)

Age

 

 

 

 

0-4 years old

4,985 (10%)

4,195 (9.2%)

2,924 (7.7%)

3,169 (8.1%)

5-19 years old

12,174** (24.3%)

13,787 (30.2%)

10,140 (26.6%)

10,925 (27.8%)

20-64 years old

28,823** (57.6%)

23,289 (51%)

21,201 (55.6%)

21,054 (53.6%)

65+ years old

4,016 (8%)

4,376 (9.6%)

3,840 (10.1%)

4,135 (10.5%)

** Information about North Lawndale comes from the 1990, 2000 and 2010 Census Bureau’s and the 2013 American Community Survey. The data reflect the makeup of the main community ZIP code of 60624. The 1990 Census used slightly different groupings. The starred data represent 5-17 year-olds and 18-64 year-olds, respectively.