Rural McLean County Demographic Data


Explore demographic metrics on rural McLean County below. Find data on population, average household size, median age, dependency ratios and income measures. All data is sourced from 5-year American Community Survey estimates.

Many rural communities throughout the state must deal with shrinking population sizes, out migration by youth, and baby boomer retirement rates which cause a lower workforce. Most rural McLean County villages face some, but not necessarily all of those issues. While many rural communities in Illinois are, in fact, losing population, most rural communities in McLean County are either growing in population or staying fairly stagnant.

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Average household size in McLean County is shrinking. While rural communities in the County generally have bigger households than the Countywide average, the trends are mixed for individual rural communities. See the data below to determine which rural community household sizes are dwindling and which are growing.

The median age for almost all rural communities in McLean County is increasing. This is a sign of an aging population, and outmigration by youth.

Dependency ratio is used to measure the pressure on the working age population. It is the ratio of those not in the labor force (typically ages 0-18 and those 65+) to those in the labor force (typically 18-64). The child dependency ratio focuses on those under 18 and the senior dependency ratio focuses on those over 64. A caveat to the data is that many people under 18 and 65+ are, in face, in the labor force, but the data gives us a general idea.

The United States and Illinois have generally been hovering around 60%. Most rural communities in McLean County have high dependency ratios, meaning there are fewer people working to support schools, retirement pensions and so on than there are people who are not in the labor force. This puts a burden on the working age.

While there is a high dependency ratio as a whole, the number of children is generally trending downward. The proportion of the population age 15 and younger (non-working children) in several communities is decreasing. This trend could lead to a slight decline in school enrollment, smaller class sizes, and corresponded reductions in funding (on a per-student basis) from the State of Illinois.

The ratio of the population age 65 and over (generally retired) compared to those of working age is trending upward. However, McLean County’s ratio is well below Illinois and national averages.

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