Livability Score

83
/100
i The AreaVibes Livability Score evaluates 9 different categories and creates an overall score out of 100. The higher the score, the better the area.

amenities A+

There are lots of amenities close to this location.
Coffee (26) A+
The Inkwell Bakery & Cafe
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Bapu
Coffee Shop
A Little Downtown Café
Coffee Shop
Sugar and Spice
Coffee Shop
CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice
Coffee Shop
Soma Coffeehouse And Juice Bar
Coffee Shop
The Pour House
Coffee Shop
Soma Coffee House and Juice Bar
Coffee Shop
Cheshire Cafe
Coffee Shop
Uptown Cafe
Coffee Shop
The Inkwell
Coffee Shop
Unknown Name
Coffee Shop
Campus Cafe
Coffee Shop
Campus Cafe
Coffee Shop
Campus Cafe
Coffee Shop
Crumble Coffee and Bakery
Coffee Shop
Hopscotch Coffee
Coffee Shop
BloomingTea
Coffee Shop
Soma
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Starbucks
Coffee Shop
Needmore Coffee Roasters
Coffee Shop
Needmore Coffee Roasters
Coffee Shop
Crumble Coffee and Bakery
Coffee Shop
Entertainment (25) A+
Daniel Kirkwood Observatory
Museum
Wylie House Museum
Museum
Musical Arts Center
Theatre Arts
William H. Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Museum
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art
Museum
IU Auditorium
Theatre Arts
Monroe County History Center
Museum
IU Cinema
Cinema
Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center
Theatre Arts
IU Cinema
Cinema
The Bluebird
Nightclub
Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center
Attraction
WonderLab Museum
Museum
The Farmer House Museum
Museum
Upland Brewing Company
Attraction
Memorial Stadium
Stadium
Bill Armstrong Stadium
Stadium
Splash Pad
Water Park
Classic Bowling Lanes
Bowling Alley
Elizabeth Sage Costume Collection
Museum
Cinemark
Cinema
AMC Showplace Bloomington 11
Cinema
Cascades Falls
Attraction
Night Moves
Nightclub
AMC Showplace Bloomington 12
Cinema
Food and Drink (100) A+
Qdoba
Fast Food
Kilroy's
Bar
The Upstairs Pub
Bar
Jimmy John's
Fast Food
Insomnia Cookies
Sweets
Kilroy's - The Dunnkirk
Bar
Raising Cane's
Fast Food
Five Guys
Fast Food
Chipotle
Fast Food
Nick's English hut
Bar
Fat Dan's Deli
Deli
Inbloom Eats
Fast Food
The Root Cellar
Bar
The Bishop Bar
Bar
Unknown Name
Alcohol
Unknown Name
Bar
Arby's
Fast Food
Butch's
Deli
The Back Door
Bar
Atlas
Bar
Serendipity Martini Bar
Bar
Rally's
Fast Food
The Video Saloon
Bar
Taco Bell
Fast Food
Alley bar
Bar
Fitness (13) F
Hannah center
Community Centre
Student Recreational Sports Center
Gym
Hoosier Heights Bloomington
Gym
Unknown Name
Gym
Banneker Community Center
Community Centre
John Mellencamp Pavilion
Gym
Intercollegiate Athletics Gymnasium
Gym
Unknown Name
Gym
Anytime Fitness
Gym
Pure Barre
Gym
Orangetheory Fitness
Gym
Divine Transformations Fitness Studio
Gym
Planet Fitness
Gym
Kids Play Gym
Gym
Groceries (17) A+
Bloomingfoods Downtown
Grocery Store
Bloomington Bagel Company
Bakery
Two Sticks Bakery
Bakery
Sahara Mart
Grocery Store
Kroger
Grocery Store
Bloomingfoods Market & Deli Near West Side
Grocery Store
Rainbow Bakery
Bakery
Angel B's
Bakery
The Butcher's Block
Butcher
La Bonita Restaurant & Market
Grocery Store
Fresh Thyme
Grocery Store
ALDI
Grocery Store
Kroger
Grocery Store
Kroger
Grocery Store
Fresh Thyme
Grocery Store
Aldi
Grocery Store
Kroger
Grocery Store
Kroger
Grocery Store
Walmart Supercenter
Grocery Store
Parks (89) A+
Harmony School Playground
Playground
People's Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (Third Street Park)
Park
Unknown Name
Park
Tot Lot Playground
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Bryan Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Seminary Square Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Northwest Quad Green Space
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
Unknown Name
Playground
Building Trades Park
Park
Unknown Name
Playground
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Playground
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Playground
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Park
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Playground
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Playground
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Playground
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Playground
Rev. Ernest D. Butler Park
Park
Shops (151) A+
Circle K
Convenience Store
Indiana Hoosiers Team Store
Clothing
Urban Outfitters
Clothing
Indiana University Bookstore
Books
Bicycle Garage
Bicycle
The Ritz Barbershop
Hairdresser
TIS College Bookstore
Books
The Golden Shear
Hairdresser
Village Pantry
Convenience Store
Hair Jordan
Hairdresser
Mainstream Boutique
Clothing
Book Corner
Books
Chico's
Clothing
Caveat Emptor
Books
Vintage Phoenix
Books
Vūe by PrecisionEyeGroup
Optician
Lola + Company
Clothing
Gather
Gift Shop
Andrew Davis
Clothing
Global Gifts
Gift Shop
Mirth
Clothing
Fountain Square Mall
Mall
Ellie Mae's Boutique
Clothing
O'Child
Clothing
skullznbunniez
Clothing
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commute A+

Of all people who commute, 5.2% take public transportation in Bloomington.
Public Transit Stops (66)
Stops & Stations
A+
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Bus Stop
4th and Washington Bus Terminal
Bus Station
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Bus Stop
Bloomington Transit Center (Bloomington, IN)
Bus Stop
Bloomington Transit Center
Bus Station
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Bus Stop
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Bus Stop
Workers Taking Public Transit
5.2%
B
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cost of living A+

The cost of living in Bloomington is 103/100 - which is 15% higher than Indiana.
Cost of Living
Goods & Services, Housing, etc.
C+
Tax Rates
Income & Sales Tax
A+
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crime D-

Bloomington crime rates are 2,846 per 100k, which is 54% higher than Indiana
Property Crime
2,339 crimes per 100k
D
Violent Crime
508 crimes per 100k
F
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employment D

The median income in Bloomington is $41,354 - which is 18% lower than Indiana.
Med. Household Income
$41,354
F
Unemployment Rate
4.1%
D+
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health A+

There are many hospitals, police and fire stations.
Health & Safety (44)
Dentist, Doctor, Hospital, etc.
A+
Bloomington Fire Department
Fire Station
Robert L. Milisen Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic
Clinic
Bloomington Police Department
Police
Sallee Dental Studio
Dentist
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Indiana University Fire Station
Fire Station
Unknown Name
Doctor
Indiana University Student Health Center
Hospital
Unknown Name
Clinic
Cancer Care Center
Doctor
Unknown Name
Fire Station
Bloomington Police Station
Police
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
Dermatology Center of Southern Indiana
Doctor
Unknown Name
Doctor
Southern Indiana Medical Group
Doctor
Unknown Name
Doctor
IU Health Urgent Care
Clinic
Unknown Name
Doctor
Indiana University Police Department
Police
Unknown Name
Fire Station
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
Pharmacy
IU Health Bloomington
Hospital
IU Health Bloomington
Hospital
Air Quality
Median Air Quality
B
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housing B+

Bloomington home prices are $219,200 - which is 73% higher than Indiana
Home Price
$219,200
A-
Home Appreciation Rate
21%
A+
Home Affordability
5.3x (home price to income ratio)
F
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schools B-

The Bloomington graduation rate is 90% - which is 9% higher than Indiana
School Test Scores
56%
D+
High School Grad. Rates
90%
A-
Elementary Schools (23) F
The Bloomington Project School
Templeton Elementary School
Fairview Elementary School
St Charles Catholic School
Rogers Elementary School
Binford Elementary School
Bloomington Montessori School
Adventist Christian Elementary
Arlington Heights Elementary Sch
Childs Elementary School
Summit Elementary School
University Elementary School
Lighthouse Christian Academy
Clear Creek Elementary School
Marlin Elementary School
Highland Park Elementary School
Grace Baptist Preschool And Academy
Covenant Christian School
Clear Creek Christian School
High Schools (8) F
Bloomington High School South
The Acad Of Sci & Entrepreneurship
Bloomington Graduation School
Hoosier Hills Career Center
Bloomington High School North
Excel Center - Bloomington
Lighthouse Christian Academy
Covenant Christian School
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ratings C-

Bloomington has an overall rating of 60% from 24 reviews.
User Reviews (4)
From AreaVibes
C-
User Surveys (20)
From AreaVibes
C-
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Bloomington Area Facts

  • Bloomington has a Livability Score of 83/100, which is considered exceptional
  • Bloomington crime rates are 54% higher than the Indiana average
  • Cost of living in Bloomington is 15% higher than the Indiana average
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Bloomington Reviews

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Increasingly hostile to homeownership 1 rating By Anonymous ( Jun 18, 2021) If your goal is a single family detached home of your own, consider yourself warned. Bloomington’s “woke,” student-oriented culture has grown increasingly accusatory toward people who own homes. The city’s planners have been trying to open up its core neighborhoods, where ...Read More Bloomington’s charming and relatively affordable houses are concentrated, to denser development for decades, and in 2021 they got the green light to densify these areas with market rate rental duplexes. Your realtor probably won’t tell you about this. Just about anything you say that sounds like opposition to rental densification will get you labeled a racist in Bloomington. The market is dominated by student rental development, pushing housing costs continually higher (in a town where wages run painfully low) along with land values and property taxes. If you’re already established here, expect your house to appreciate in value rapidly, but also expect crowding, increasing traffic congestion, noise and obtrusive student partying. If you’re looking at Bloomington as a place to settle or retire, it’s going to be harder and harder to find a house you want at a reasonable price. Bloomington is already 65% rentals; all signs point to that number increasing. Invest here at your own risk. Read Less
Homeless galore!!! Don’t move here! 2 rating By Anonymous ( Aug 23, 2018) ...Read More Read Less
Great city 5 rating By Marian65 ( Apr 08, 2012) Bloomington seems to have it all. The town itself is lovely and surrounded by picturesque rolling hills. Downtown is alive and vibrant, a rarity in this day and age. Two absolutely gorgeous state parks within short driving distance and Monroe Lake, located a short drive south, ...Read More offers boating, swimming, fishing. Although Indiana is a four seasons state, winters seem to be less harsh in southern Indiana where Bloomington is located. Spring and autumn in the area are a photographer's delight.

On the downside, Indiana University is located here and that drives rental prices up. Home prices are also more expensive if you intend to purchase, however cheap compared to other states. And because of the proximity of IU, traffic can be a challenge from August through May. Also, be aware of where you are renting/buying. Although the students are generally well-behaved, kids will be kids. The further away from IU you find a place to live, the more quiet it will be. However, that is a generality, so scope out apartment complexes, neighborhoods etc, before you rent/buy. Nightlife tends to be geared towards the student population, but there are places where adults can enjoy a quiet drink and listen to some good music.

Because of current economic conditions countrywide, jobs can be difficult to find but with due diligence and patience, available.

Excellent public transportation system, good public schools, great restaurants and shopping, friendly locals, diverse population, good medical care all add up to a wonderful place to live. Read Less
Bloomington, Indiana: A Nice Weekend Trip 4 rating By Anonymous ( Aug 04, 2010) In early June 2010 my husband and I spent three days visiting Bloomington, Indiana. This was the perfect time to visit, because the weather was warm, but not overly hot. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn Bloomington located at 120 Fairfield Drive. This was a very nice and reasonably ...Read More priced hotel.

The second day of our trip to Bloomington we went to the Oliver Winery. The gardens surrounding the winery were beautiful. My husband and I were surprised at how much the people at the winery new about the different types of wines. Even though I'm not a regular wine drinker, I had a really nice time visiting this winery. That evening we went to Samira's Restaurant for dinner. This was a great buffet restaurant. My husband really enjoyed it, because it had a lot of vegetarian options to chose from.

The third of our trip we spent strolling around the downtown area of Bloomington. We really enjoyed shopping at the different shops in the downtown area. Besides shopping we liked looking at different historical buildings in the area. We also enjoyed having pastries and coffee at one of the small coffee shops downtown.

While we enjoyed our stay in the city of Bloomington, Indiana, my husband and I wished there was more nightlife in the area. Read Less
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Great city 5 rating By Marian65 ( Apr 08, 2012) Bloomington seems to have it all. The town itself is lovely and surrounded by picturesque rolling hills. Downtown is alive and vibrant, a rarity in this day and age. Two absolutely gorgeous state parks within short driving distance and Monroe Lake, located a short drive south, ...Read More offers boating, swimming, fishing. Although Indiana is a four seasons state, winters seem to be less harsh in southern Indiana where Bloomington is located. Spring and autumn in the area are a photographer's delight.

On the downside, Indiana University is located here and that drives rental prices up. Home prices are also more expensive if you intend to purchase, however cheap compared to other states. And because of the proximity of IU, traffic can be a challenge from August through May. Also, be aware of where you are renting/buying. Although the students are generally well-behaved, kids will be kids. The further away from IU you find a place to live, the more quiet it will be. However, that is a generality, so scope out apartment complexes, neighborhoods etc, before you rent/buy. Nightlife tends to be geared towards the student population, but there are places where adults can enjoy a quiet drink and listen to some good music.

Because of current economic conditions countrywide, jobs can be difficult to find but with due diligence and patience, available.

Excellent public transportation system, good public schools, great restaurants and shopping, friendly locals, diverse population, good medical care all add up to a wonderful place to live. Read Less
Bloomington, Indiana: A Nice Weekend Trip 4 rating By Anonymous ( Aug 04, 2010) In early June 2010 my husband and I spent three days visiting Bloomington, Indiana. This was the perfect time to visit, because the weather was warm, but not overly hot. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn Bloomington located at 120 Fairfield Drive. This was a very nice and reasonably ...Read More priced hotel.

The second day of our trip to Bloomington we went to the Oliver Winery. The gardens surrounding the winery were beautiful. My husband and I were surprised at how much the people at the winery new about the different types of wines. Even though I'm not a regular wine drinker, I had a really nice time visiting this winery. That evening we went to Samira's Restaurant for dinner. This was a great buffet restaurant. My husband really enjoyed it, because it had a lot of vegetarian options to chose from.

The third of our trip we spent strolling around the downtown area of Bloomington. We really enjoyed shopping at the different shops in the downtown area. Besides shopping we liked looking at different historical buildings in the area. We also enjoyed having pastries and coffee at one of the small coffee shops downtown.

While we enjoyed our stay in the city of Bloomington, Indiana, my husband and I wished there was more nightlife in the area. Read Less

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A+ Amenities

Are there many local amenities in Bloomington? Yes, there are lots of amenities close to this location.

Parks

Harmony School Playground
People's Park
Unknown Name
The Waldron, Hill and Buskirk Park (Third Street Park)
Unknown Name
Tot Lot Playground
Unknown Name
Bryan Park

Entertainment

Daniel Kirkwood Observatory
Wylie House Museum
Musical Arts Center
William H. Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art
IU Auditorium
Monroe County History Center
IU Cinema

Food & Drink

Qdoba
Kilroy's
The Upstairs Pub
Jimmy John's
Insomnia Cookies
Kilroy's - The Dunnkirk
Raising Cane's
Five Guys

A+ Commute

Is public transit available in Bloomington? Of all people who commute, 5.2% take public transportation in Bloomington.
Drive to Work
61%

15% lower than the US average

Take Public Transit
5%

equal to the US average

Walk to Work
12%

9% higher than the US average

A+ Health & Safety

Is Bloomington a healthy and safe place to live? Yes, there are many hospitals, police and fire stations.

Hospitals

Bloomington Internal Medicine East
Indiana University Student Health Center
Bloomington Meadows Hospital
IU Health Bloomington
IU Health Bloomington

Pharmacies

CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy

Doctors

Southern Indiana Pediatrics
Dermatology Center of Southern Indiana
Cancer Care Center
Southern Indiana Medical Group
Wendy Kinsey Corning
Premier Healthcare Same Day Appointment / Walk In Clinic
Southern Indiana Pediatrics
Family Allergy & Asthma

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