Bloomington is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 84,067 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Bloomington is the sixth largest community in Indiana.
Bloomington real estate is some of the most expensive in Indiana, although Bloomington house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Bloomington is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.32% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Bloomington is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bloomington who work in teaching (16.64%), food service (11.35%), and sales jobs (10.44%).
Of important note, Bloomington is also a city of artists. Bloomington has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Bloomington’s character.
Because Bloomington has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Bloomington lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Bloomington is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Bloomington people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Bloomington spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.90 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
Bloomington has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Bloomington has quite a high level of public transit users. Bloomington’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.
If knowledge is power, Bloomington is a pretty powerful place. 57.23% of the adults in Bloomington have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Bloomington in 2010 was $19,786, which is middle income relative to Indiana, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $79,144 for a family of four. However, Bloomington contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Bloomington also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 38.27% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Bloomington is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Bloomington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bloomington residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Bloomington include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Bloomington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.