Traffic, waiting lists and crowded restaurants are all clues, but a special census confirms it—Naperville keeps growing. The city is now the fourth largest in the state, with a population of 147,682, behind Chicago (2,716,450), Aurora (200,965) and Joliet (148,462).
The recently released results came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s partial special census that took place in scattered pockets throughout Naperville between February and April 2018. The city requested the study to confirm population growth in new housing areas, which translates into increases in the city’s per-resident share of tax revenue. Impacted neighborhoods include Ashwood, English Rows, Jefferson Estates, Stillwater and Tamarack.
50 Years of Growth
After a population explosion in the ’70s and ’80s, Naperville’s growth has been steadier, but still climbing, over the last two decades. Look out, Joliet—we’re coming for you.