While railroads brought growth during the 19th century, growth today is driven by recession-resistant business expansion occurring primarily in Bloomington-Normal, located just 10 minutes north of Heyworth on U.S. Route 51.
One of the largest draws to McLean County and the Heyworth area is that it offers easy access to more than 30 million people who live within 300 miles (480 km). Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis are each just over two hours away by car and twelve major metro areas are located within a 450-mile (720 km) radius. The Central Illinois Regional Airport is just 12 miles (19 km) away, with commercial airlines and jet service.
Community services include excellent local police protection, a volunteer fire department, local 24-hour ambulance service which will soon have paid paramedics on staff, local schools from kindergarten through grade 12, and several churches of various denominations. The annual Hey Days celebration in May features a carnival, food and live entertainment. Christmas is celebrated with the "Holidays Heyworth Style" parade and craft show.
OSF Primary Care, a medical clinic operated by the OSF Healthcare System under the auspices of OSF St. Joseph's Medical Center in Bloomington, opened in January 2010. The facility provides in-town healthcare access to Heyworth residents for the first time since 1989. Also, a Casey's General Store.
Estimated population in Heyworth in 2018 is 2,881