Bloomington, IN
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Living in Bloomington


Bloomington is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 85,755 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 88.97% 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 (14.98%), food service (11.60%), and sales jobs (9.84%).

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.

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.

Not only is Bloomington a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One of the benefits of Bloomington is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.34 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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.

If knowledge is power, Bloomington is a pretty powerful place. 55.77% 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 2018 was $23,167, 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 $92,668 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 36.56% 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Bloomington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.