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 88.67% 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 (17.87%), food service (11.89%), and sales jobs (10.31%).

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.

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.

One of the benefits of Bloomington is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.71 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. 56.37% 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 $19,600, 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 $78,400 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 39.04% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Bloomington is a somewhat 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, Polish, and Italian.

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