McHenry County Income Ups and Downs

The Chicago Metropolitan Area for Planning agency has analyzed the U.S. Census Burear’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey and created a map which shows the townships in the metropolitan area where average household incomes have increased and where they have decreased.

Below is the household income fluctuation information for the greater McHenry County area:

Blue areas showed a loss in household income since 2009.

Blue areas showed a loss in household income since 2009.

Part of CMAP’s report says,

Many of the areas with declines are in the outer ring and southern suburbs of the region…

It is clear that household incomes in many parts of northeastern Illinois are falling behind the rest of the region, as well as the rest of the U.S.

This has broad implications for the region’s economic status as well as for local planning initiatives.

Income growth that does not meet national trends may reflect the region’s overall slower rate of overall recovery from the recession, or it may indicate a change in the types of industries that are hiring here. ..

In addition, when declining incomes are concentrated in a particular area, it can discourage economic development where it is needed most.

Below is the map for the entire metropolitan area:

Household income changes by township from 2009 to 2014.

Household income changes by township from 2009 to 2014.


McHenry County Income Ups and Downs — 3 Comments

  1. We have too much growth of housing and not enough good paying jobs from bigger companies.

    The wages are lower here and the property taxes are high.

    The local officials want new municipal buildings, recreation centers, riverwalks but don’t use the money for important infrastructure like water and sewer systems.

    Then they raise people’s water and sewer rates by an enormous amount.

    They want to be fancy like downtown Chicago but they want to keep people out.

  2. This is probably a first. I can’t argue with anything karma said.

  3. Spot on folks.

    It is beyond believable that public officials cannot understand that “big-is-NOT-always-better.”

    At some point they must tuck their collective heads and clean up the Ponzi-schemes they’ve created.

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