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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+
Bloomington is a town in Indiana with a population of 84,058. Bloomington is in Monroe County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Bloomington offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Bloomington there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many young professionals live in Bloomington and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Bloomington are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$182,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$887
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%
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Bloomington Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    394.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    54.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    88.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    542.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,957.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    154
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    42%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    7%
  • 55-64 years
    7%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    22%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Bloomington

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,435
National
$55,322
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Bloomington is a college town situated in south-central Indiana. This comes with many different characteristics. For one, this is a mid-size city of about 85,000 plus 50,000 students, meaning that for most of the year, the city limits swells to about 135,000 people. This means it gets more crowded, but the opportunities offered by Indiana University are boundless. IU offers thousands of jobs and countless educational opportunities for the population. Aside from the student population, the city is generally quiet, especially on the outskirts. Surrounding the city exists three lakes, and several nature and recreational parks. The school system benefits from having such a large university nearby and the local pharmaceutical manufacturing companies donate millions to city schools. The cost of living, however, is higher than the average for the area.
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Thanks to shalom center and life designs spending 15 million dollars of our money to build Crawford apartments for the homeless. Your enabling attitude and brainwashing people around here to think people who think you create homelessness by not letting people hit rock bottom are evil, is ruining this neighborhood. Needles on the ground, rampant theft and harassment a 1 minute walk from the high school. Great job genius! I’m sure you think you help, but you are an enabler!
Bloomington is a fun and diverse place, and there is always something to do! Whether young or even retiring, Bloomington provides things for everyone, not to mention it's a fun college town! It's great for the typical outdoors person, with so many hikes and trails to go on, as well as a fun Farmer's Market enjoyed by almost the whole town. There are lots of great places to eat and healthy food stores, so whether you want to eat unhealthy junk food or grab a healthy bite, Bloomington is the place to be!