Bloomington, IN

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Bloomington, IN

About Bloomington, IN

Bloomington, Indiana is located in Monroe county providing an impressive blend of cultural and outdoor events such as hiking at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve or visiting the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. College town - South-central Indiana, 45 miles south of Indianapolis.

Location Details

State: Indiana
County: Monroe County
Metro Area: Bloomington Metro Area
City: Bloomington
Zip Codes: 47405 47406
Cost of Living: -11.2% lower
Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 928 ft above sea level
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The Bloomington, IN metro area is a special place in south-central Indiana. It's known for its history, beautiful landscapes, and as the home of Indiana University. The city of Bloomington started back in 1818, making it a place with lots of stories to tell. This area has seen a lot of growth, especially when Indiana University was founded in 1820, bringing people from all over.

Geographically, Bloomington is full of rolling hills and lush forests. It sits in the heart of the Hoosier National Forest, which means there are plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and fishing. Lake Monroe, the largest lake in Indiana, is also nearby for those who love water sports.

The economy here is quite mixed, with education being a big focus thanks to Indiana University. This university isn't just a place for students; it provides a lot of jobs and brings a lot of energy and events to the area. Healthcare and technology are also growing sectors, adding to the variety of job opportunities available.

When it comes to politics, Bloomington tends to lean more towards the Democratic Party, showing its progressive side. However, the surrounding areas might have a mix of views, making it a place with diverse opinions.

Life in Bloomington offers a wonderful mix of small-town feel with the perks of city life. There's a strong community vibe, where people really care about their city and get involved. The cost of living is generally more affordable than in big cities, but new residents should know that housing prices have been on the rise. The city has an active arts scene, with galleries, theaters, and music venues that offer something for everyone. For those who love the outdoors, the natural beauty of this area won't disappoint.

Newcomers should be ready for the four seasons, with hot summers and cold winters. Being part of such an engaged community means there's always something going on, from festivals to farmers markets. And, of course, living in a college town brings its own unique vibe, with lots of events, sports, and educational opportunities. It's a place where you can enjoy a high quality of life, surrounded by nature and a vibrant community spirit.

Bloomington Cost of Living

College-town atmosphere, attractive setting, and nearby recreation make Bloomington a great place to live.

-15.1% lower than avg
-64.4% lower than avg
$1,120 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-27.7% lower than avg
Bloomington Crime
45 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Bloomington
   College-town atmosphere
Low ethnic diversity
   Attractive setting
Recent employment declines
   Nearby recreation
Housing cost
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I have lived here for almost 23 years. Wonderful, cosmopolitan, safe, cultural, liberal, all-inclusive town, with plenty of arts, shopping, sports events and activities,  More

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Over 4 years ago

The city government of Bloomington is very famous for its corruption. The police of this city are famous for their inactivity and lack of professionalism. The judges  More

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Over 5 years ago

Terrible. There is nothing good about Bloomington, IN. Don’t live there. As for Catalent, there is one of those in my home town Woodstock, IL. It’s a pharmaceutical  More

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