Bloomington, IN
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Bloomington is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 84,465 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 88.60% 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 (16.26%), food service (11.45%), and sales jobs (10.92%).

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.

Also of interest is that Bloomington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In addition, Bloomington is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Bloomington culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Bloomington really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Bloomington every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Bloomington. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Bloomington benefits directly from this.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.19 minutes getting to work every day.

A lot of people in Bloomington take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Bloomington, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Bloomington, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Bloomington is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 56.49% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Bloomington in 2010 was $21,047, 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 $84,188 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 37.96% 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.