Bloomington, IN

Population: 83,093

Key findings

  • Bloomington has a Livability Score of 72/100, which is considered excellent
  • Bloomington crime rates are 38% higher than the Indiana average
  • Cost of living in Bloomington is 12% higher than the Indiana average
  • Bloomington real estate prices are 36% higher than the Indiana average
  • Rental prices in Bloomington are 11% higher than the Indiana average

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      Increasingly hostile to homeownership

      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 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.
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      Homeless galore!!! Don’t move here!

      We moved here for the medical device industry. I would not reccomend this city to anyone to live here. Be afraid if you have older children who might be driving or going about town on their own. The amount of homeless population is unbelievable for the population of residents. I’ve lived in terrible cities before and I have never felt this unsafe as I do in Bloomington. Housing market is over priced. And the dumpiness of the city neighborhoods is surprising. So not sure what drives the market. Had we seen the amount of homeless population when we visited ( winter) we would not have moved here. Will not be here long term.
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      Great city

      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, 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.
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      Bloomington, Indiana: A Nice Weekend Trip

      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 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.
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      Source: The Bloomington, IN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).