Question: Since 2010, a just-released U.S. Census study says of Illinois’ 102 counties, only eight have gained population since the 2010 Census, one of which is McLean County. But is McLean County still growing?
Answer: Not if you believe the Census findings. Census records show that McLean County’s population peaked in 2013 when its population hit 174,734. At the end of 2018, the Census has McLean County’s population at 172,828, or 1,906 residents fewer. Champaign County is the only downstate county that has continued to grow each year since 2010, according to Census figures.