Chicago appears to have profitted from the economic slowdown, at least in human capital.
New U.S. Census statistics reveal the city added 21, 242 residents between July 2008 and July 2009, an increase of .75 percent. That brings Chicago's total population to more than 2.8 million people.
Analysts credit the recession for the jump. They say more people are staying put due, in part, to the potential loss that exists trying to sell a home, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Immigration and births also contributed to Chicago’s growth.