What we are doing
McLean County Regional Planning Commission (MCRPC) is gearing up for Census 2020 by partnering with organizations across McLean County, throughout Central IL, and the U.S. Census Bureau and to make sure there is a complete count.
Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA): The LUCA process for Census 2020 allowed many governmental entities to collaborate and update address data for internal, public, and Census use. The Town of Normal, City of Bloomington, Metro McLean County Centralized Communications Center (METCOM), and McLean County were able to work together to review 70,000+ addresses to ensure that the Census Bureau knows how to contact each household.
Participant Area Statistical Program (PSAP): MCRPC partnered with local governments to participate in the 2020 Census PSAP. The Census Bureau provides the county with proposed boundary changes and gives the county the opportunity to review suggested changes to the census tracts and block groups that have surpassed the population thresholds for each type of boundary. For this decennial census, six census tracts were split and a few of block groups were split due to population growth that occurred in the last 10 years.
Complete Count Committee (CCC): With all that is at stake in the 2020 Census, MCRPC established a CCC to provide leadership, support and coordination to make sure that everyone living in McLean County on April 1st, 2020 gets counted. A diverse group of stakeholders representing varied organizations in the community (Bloomington, Normal and rural areas) serve on our CCC, including the following organizations. There are many additional organizations serving on our CCC through the various sub-committees.
|MCRPC||Illinois Partners for Human Service|
|McLean County||Bloomington City Township|
|Town of Normal||Illinois State University|
|City of Bloomington||YWCA|
|Bloomington Public Library||East Central IL Area Agency on Aging|
|Normal Public Library||U.S. Census Bureau|
Map of Hard-to-Count (HTC) Populations: Based on the latest census estimates, approximately 14% of McLean County's current population (or 24,350 people) live in HTC neighborhoods. Additionally, an estimated 14.4% of McLean County residents had either no internet access or use dial-up only internet service. With the Census being primarily online in 2020 (though there will be options to respond by phone or by mailing back a questionnaire after April 1), there is a higher risk of these residents not being counted. Other populations at risk of being undercounted include renters, young children, people with limited English proficiency and college students. Search for McLean County in the map below to see where hard-to-count populations live.