After seeing Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside all decline in population from 2000 to 2010, all three villages saw an infusion of new residents in the past decade according to 2020 U.S. Census figures released recently by the federal government.

While the state of Illinois saw its total population dip slightly in the past decade, the Chicago metropolitan area bucked that trend, with the city and Cook County both seeing their populations increase.

Swept along with that tide were Brookfield, Riverside and North Riverside which saw their populations all rise to levels not seen since the decade between 1970 and 1980, according to historic census figures.

In terms of percentage increase in population from 2010 to 2020, Brookfield rose by 2.6 percent from 18,978 to 19,476, a gain of 498 people. Brookfield hasn’t been home to that many residents since sometime prior to 1980, when the census showed 19,395 people living in the village.

Riverside saw an increase in population of 423 people (a 4.8 percent rise) decade over decade, pushing the population past 9,000 for the first time since 1980. 

In fact, the 9,298 people reported as living in Riverside in 2020 by the U.S. Census is more than the number counted in 1980, which was 9,236.

 Riverside’s population high-water mark was recorded in the 1970 U.S. Census at 10,357 people.

Brookfield and Riverside, however, paled in comparison to North Riverside, which saw its population climb by 11.3 percent from 2010 to 2020, an increase of 752 people, pushing the total to 7,426. In 2010, the population was 6,672.

Between 1940 and 1970, the population of North Riverside boomed from a little more than 1,000 people to almost 8,100. But the decades between 1970 and 1990 saw the village population plummet to 6,005.

With the results of the 2020 census, the village’s population has grown by nearly 24 percent in the last 30 years.

Those residents identifying as white only (no Hispanic or Latino origin) continued to fall as a percentage of the overall populations in each of the three villages. In 2010, those identifying as white only made up 85 percent of the population in Riverside, 78 percent in Brookfield and 67 percent in North Riverside.

In 2020, those percentages declined to 78.1 percent in Riverside, 68.4 percent in Brookfield and 57 percent in North Riverside.

Meanwhile, the percentage of local residents identifying as of Hispanic or Latino origin continued to rise. In 2000, the Hispanic population of Riverside was 5.5 percent, a figure that rose sharply to 10.54 percent in 2010 and continued to climb to 16.4 percent in 2020.

In both Brookfield and North Riverside between 2000 and 2010 those identifying as being of Hispanic or Latino origin increased rapidly as a percentage of the overall population, growing from 8.05 percent to 16.17 percent in Brookfield and from 8.13 percent to 23.8 percent in North Riverside during that decade.

While the decade following saw that rate of increase slow down, those of Hispanic or Latino origin increased as a percentage of the population in both villages. The 2020 Census shows the Hispanic/Latino population of Brookfield and North Riverside at 22.9 percent and 28.3 percent, respectively.

Those people identifying as Black/African-American alone also grew as a percentage of the population in Brookfield and North Riverside, but not in Riverside.

Black residents now account for 5.2 percent of Brookfield’s population compared to 2.51 percent in 2010 and less than 1 percent in 2000. In North Riverside, Black residents make up 7.3 percent of the population compared to 6.5 percent in 2010 and almost 3 percent in 2000.

Asian residents continue to make up just a small percentage of the populations in Brookfield and Riverside, although their number rose slightly decade over decade. In 2020, Asian residents made up 2.1 percent of the population in Brookfield and 3.3 percent in Riverside.

North Riverside saw a larger increase in Asian residents in the past decade, with the percentage rising from 2.1 percent in 2010 to 6.3 percent in 2020.