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A- Bloomington Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Bloomington Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Illinois
982% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bloomington cost of living
C- Bloomington Crime Total crime is 12% lower than Illinois
Total crime
2,14422% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4722% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-4%Year over year crime is down
Bloomington crime
C+ Bloomington Employment Household income is 7% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$63,11514% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$34,51216% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%24% lower than the US average
Bloomington employment
F Bloomington Housing Home value is 6% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$164,10011% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$78018% lower than the US average
Home ownership
60%5% lower than the US average
Bloomington real estate or Bloomington rentals
F Bloomington Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
91%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
31%37% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:13% lower than the US average
Bloomington K-12 schools or Bloomington colleges

Living in Bloomington, IL

Located in the state of Illinois, Bloomington is a medium-sized city with a population of 78,368 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (77% White). Given that fact, Bloomington could be considered less diverse than other cities. 77% of the people in Bloomington (over the age of 15) are married and 57% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Bloomington, Illinois could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Bloomington and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, weather, housing and other important metrics.

The livability score in Bloomington is 65 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 38th percentile of all cities across America. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Bloomington ranks very well for amenities (A-). There are some categories that Bloomington does not rank well for, including: weather (D), education (F) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Bloomington, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Miller Park Zoo, David Davis Mansion State Historic Site, and Prairie Aviation Museum.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Bloomington is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Bloomington come in at $164,100, which is 6.1% lower than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Bloomington, the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 13.3% lower than the Illinois average. Real estate appreciation rates in Bloomington are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Bloomington homes comes in at 1.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 0.8%.

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Compare Bloomington, IL Livability To Other Cities

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We work in Bloomington and live near town. We looked at many other areas through the USA and decided to remain here in spite of some governmental policies that are not good for Illinoisians. We love this state but typically stay downstate now, due to Chicago's crime rate. We feel safe in Bloomington-Normal and are thankful for the Bloomington Police Department!
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After visiting Bloomington, IL I must say that I am in love with this beautiful city. This is truly one of the best areas that Illinois has to offer, aside from Chicago. It is a mostly residential area with some of the most beautiful suburbs you will ever find in your life. I stayed with a friend for the week while I visited Bloomington. That week was one of the best weeks of my life for many reasons. I found that Bloomington offered me the peace of mind and relaxation that I truly needed in my life during that time.

Overall, Bloomington is a great place to live. I would highly recommend it for young business professionals simply looking for a nice place to live. Buying a home in this area is sure to be an investment that increases in value over the next years. I am sure that homes bought in this area will skyrocket in price one day because Bloomington is such a nice area. There are many shopping centers and restaurants in Bloomington. For raising a great family, I would highly recommend living in Bloomington. This is one of the best places for families to live and enjoy life.
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Source: The Bloomington, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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