It is only a matter of time, and possibly within 15 years, that Dallas metro will surpass Chicago metro in population. The latest U.S. census figures released this past week show that based on early 2018 figures, Dallas metro reached 7,539,711 residents, gaining 165,000 over 2017. Chicago dropped for the fifth year in a row, and is now below 9.5 million at 9,498,716. Using the same statistics for 2019, it is expected that when figures are released, Dallas could top 7.7 million, and Chicago drop again, probably to around 9.45 million. The three largest groups moving to Dallas in ranking order are Asian, White and Hispanic.
- Chicago Tribune, April 18, 2019