A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$163,800
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$769
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    255
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    77
    41
  • Robbery
    53
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    333
    525
  • Theft
    1,415
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    95
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$62,254
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Bloomington Reviews

154 reviews
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Bloomington, IL is a great place for the family oriented. There are so many activities to take part in whether it be through your own school or the parks and recreation department. Normal, IL is our twin city and has Illinois State as its main employer. State Farm is Bloomington's main employer. Illinois Wesleyan is another college located in Bloomington, so there is a lot of college life in the twin cities. All of the public schools are highly rated. There are professional level hockey, basketball and indoor football teams that make Bloomington home as well. Overall great community.
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I've lived in Bloomington/Normal for nineteen years and have never felt unsafe due to crime in any capacity. This sentiment only continues throughout my time as a student on Illinois State University's campus. Both the city and campus police are highly visible and helpful. There's even monthly coffee with a cop in town! Our service men and women are dedicated to make our town and our citizens as safe as possible.
I've lived in Bloomington for 18 years and it has treated me and my family so well. There are many job opportunities. State Farm and ISU are what makes it the place it is. Everything you want and need in a family city is there: a mall, restaurants, local businesses, etc. it's relatively safe for a bigger city. The downtown is beautiful and there are factories and museums to visit. It's in a great location -- 2.5 hours from Chicago, Indy, and St. Louis. Perfect place to attend college, raise a family, and/or retire.