A
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

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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 welcomes everyone and there is always something fun going on around town! The Lotus Festival is a big attraction that a lot of people come to each year, where they play live music and local food vendors provide a variety of options. Bloomington is home to Indiana University, where students from all over the states and other countries come to attend. Downtown Bloomington has something for everyone whether you are into the bar scene or want fresh and local food options, we have it here!
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Bloomington is a very unique place. It's diverse and holds a place for everyone. It's a little liberal town in a fairly republican state. I am a senior in high school and am involved in many extracurricular activities that are made possible due to Bloomington's location. I also don't have internet access at my home and homework is tough. Yet, there are multiple locations throughout the city where I can relax and finish up homework and grab a bite to eat. The diversity is also great due to the college campus. Overall, Btown is a comfortable, neat town with lots of opportunities for everyone!
Lived here as an undergraduate for 5 years. People are nice. Restaurants are diverse in cultures and fairly equal in small/local businesses vs. chains. Diversity is lacking, but significantly more diverse than the state of Indiana as a whole. Most diversity is attributed to international students, most of which as Asian. Bloomington Farmer's Market is a fun popular place to shop local fresh produce. The Wonderlab is a great science museum for kids. Lots of IU student groups have community service work and programs for the Bloomington residents. Fairly liberal area (especially considering Indiana) but mostly due to the large population of college students.