Bloomington, IN
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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.

One of the benefits of Bloomington is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.90 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.

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 57.23% 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 $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.