Facts

The greatest asset for the growth of McLean County is an invested community with an understanding of the challenges facing Bloomington-Normal residents and how those compare to the State of Illinois and the United States. While we have certain advantages, there is, like most states in the United States, a growing disparity in wealth in the McLean County community.

The State of Illinois vs. McLean County

Despite low national inflation during the recovery (22 percent from 2007 to 2017), the bare minimum Household Survival Budget in Illinois increased by 38 percent for a family and 27 percent for a single adult. Affording only a very modest living, this budget is still significantly more than the Federal Poverty Level of $24,600 for a family of four and $12,060 for a single adult.

McLean County has seen a similar trend in poverty rates. Despite seeing the overall median household income increase from $61,576 in 2010 to 65,146 in 2017, the poverty rate has also continued to increase from 11 percent to 18 percent.

In some ways, the state of Illinois and McLean County are experiencing the same economic trends, but there are differences that highlight specific issues in McLean County. While the average median income is higher for the county than the state, McLean County is experiencing an average 18 percent poverty rate while the state of Illinois average is only 12 percent. Additionally, the unemployment rate is 2.8 percent in McLean County and 6.1 percent in the state. On average, living in McLean County is more expensive than state averages, which can contribute to the problems we see and experience.

For more information on budgets and costs in Illinois and McLean County, look at the tables below.

Household Survival Budget, Illinois Average, 2017
Monthly Costs Single Adult 2 Adults, 1 Infant, 1 Preschooler
Housing $515  $752
Childcare  –  $1,183
Food $174  $526
Transportation $331  $660
Healthcare $162 $684
Technology $55  $75
Miscellaneous $146 $433
Taxes $218 $449
Monthly Total $1,601 $4,762
Annual Total $19,212 $57,144
Hourly Wage $9.61 $28.57


Household Survival Budget, Mclean County Average, 2017
Monthly Costs Single Adult 2 Adults, 1 Infant, 1 Preschooler
Housing $553  $810
Childcare  –  $1,417
Food $174  $526
Transportation $340  $679
Healthcare $162 $689
Technology $55 $75
Miscellaneous $151 $476
Taxes $230 $565
Monthly Total $1,665 $5,237
Annual Total $19,980 $62,844
Hourly Wage $9.99 $31.42