The land use plan was developed based upon historical growth trends in McLean County since 1970. Over this period of time the population in this area has grown at a rate of approximately 1.2% per year. The 2035 land use plan assumes a growth rate similar to this. It has been noted that the Great Recession of 2008-2009 has caused employment to decline in McLean County, Illinois, and the U.S. However, the unemployment rate for the Bloomington-Normal Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) (McLean County) is the lowest among all Illinois MSA’s. As the EA progresses the study team will use the most current census data and employment trends to ensure the growth rates are credible.
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