By: Diane Benjamin
Follow-up to the same information about Bloomington: https://blnnews.com/2020/10/28/shrinking-bloomington/
From information the Town of Normal submitted to the Illinois Comptroller’s office:
This data shows a decrease of 273 people in just one year. Keep in mind Bloomington’s population decrease was mostly in the last fiscal year too.
The link for 2018 is not working, I just talked to an employee at the Comptroller’s office about it.
Overall since 2016 the population decrease is 96 people.
Don’t forget that many of the people counted in Normal are ISU students. They came back this year only because they signed contracts last fall for housing. Many are sitting in their apartments attending online. There is no guarantee they will be back next year if classes are not held in-person.
Normal should be worried about the trend in the last year. The exodus from Illinois is not exempting local. I know people who escaped to better run states, I bet most of you do too.
Link to Normal’s data: https://illinoiscomptroller.gov/financial-data/local-government-division/local-government-data/processsearchresults/?DisplayMode=GETAFR&AFRDesiredData=Population,%20EAV,%20and%20Employees&Code=064/095/31&CFY=2020&Menu=Yes&PrintIt=No