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Chicago may have lost a hefty 200,000 residents between 2000-2010, but our downtown population grew by 36 percent over the same period, according to data from the Census Bureau. That translates to around 48,000 moving to within two miles of City Hall, what the Census Bureau defines as downtown. The dramatic increase has no doubt been fueled in part by residential conversions and an influx of students who find the appeal of downtown living hard to resist. And while other large cities posted similar gains, Chicago's growth eclipsed them all, including New York, which grew by a more modest 9.3 percent. [Trib, Photo: Kevin Dickert]