2010 Count – 8,157… 2020 Count – 8,320
The 2020 census count reported Hillside gaining 167 residents. This is great news since the American Community Survey, a branch of the U.S. Census Bureau, reported that Hillside was projected to dip below 8,000 residents. The American Community Survey (ACS) is the premier source for detailed population and housing information about our nation.
Illinois was one of only three states to lose population in the 2020 Census. The loss of 18,124 Illinois residents led the country in the number of people who have left a state. Hillside government leaders were concerned this outward migration trend would be felt in Hillside. Several surrounding villages lost residents while Hillside gained.
It is estimated that Hillside will gain approximately $1,500 annually in federal, state, and county government funding for every resident counted. Thus, 167 additional Hillside residents will result in a net of $250,500 in funding per year and $2.5 million over the next 10 years. This is money to help pay for infrastructure work, police and fire programs, and various Village of Hillside costs.
The Village of Hillside put on a concerted push to get people counted with citizen outreach programs and through a public information campaign that included a bi-lingual mailing and bi-lingual articles in several issues of the Hillside Herald.
Mayor Joseph Tamburino commented, “I want to thank the residents for completing their census forms, and also to the many people who worked tirelessly to get their neighbors counted. What this increase in residents shows, especially in the light of Illinois’ population loss, is that Hillside is still an attractive community for working families and retirees to call it their home.”