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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$172,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$839
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    65%
  • Own
    35%

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
    307
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    51
    41
  • Robbery
    83
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    644
    500
  • Theft
    2,372
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    172
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$31,254
National
$55,322
Children
10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    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
    7%
    13%
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Bloomington will always be home for me. I live right outside of downtown and I love the location. Sometimes it is hard to travel around the town especially with all the traffic and construction. But when visiting, you will never get bored! The college athletics and different restaurants will keep you occupied.
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Bloomington is a wonderfully diverse town with loads of amazing opportunities, thanks to Bloomington being the home of Indiana University. You will meet all different types of people and develop a great connection with your neighbors. A downfall to Bloomington that requires change is the homeless and poverty levels in this town. College students are hired above homeless and poor citizens, therefore driving the unemployment rate within the poor communities up. Bloomington recently has been catering to the those wealthy, leaving the poor to struggle, isolating them to specific parts of town, driving the average income down on the north and west sides. While this problem, which needs to be changed, is a big everyday issue to most Bloomington residents, it's the kind, genuine Bloomington folk that support those in need and make Bloomington a great town for all to live in, no matter the set backs.
Bloomington is a small city with a lot going on. Indiana University has brought a lot of diversity to the town, which has brought delicious cuisine. The famous 4th Street alone is home to Thai, Indian, Korean, Turkish, and Burmese food. Unfortunately, the town is geared towards students, so housing is expensive. Actually, the cost of living in Bloomington is the highest in the state of Indiana. This has created a nice environment for the wealthier people in town, but it's been devastating to the world class. There is a huge housing crisis, which has created great poverty and has contributed to the opioid epidemic. There are fun things to do in town, including numerous breweries and distilleries, bars, a comedy club, and decent shopping.