Development decline

Despite graduating from high school and entering the workforce at higher rates, Robert Taylor Homes residents in 2000 were less likely to escape poverty and unemployment than residents there in 1970. Chicago’s loss of manufacturing jobs also had an impact. In 1970, the manufacturing industry was the leading employer of Taylor residents.


Notes: The figures are for the five census tracts that are collectively bordered by 39th, State, 55th, and Federal streets—an area that includes all of the 28 original buildings of the Robert Taylor Homes. The area also includes some properties that were not a part of the Taylor development. High school diploma figures are for individuals at least 25 years old. Employment and labor force statistics are for individuals at least 16 years old.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau; analyzed by The Chicago Reporter.

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