Bloomington 66 Average
Bloomington Livability #429 ranked city in Indiana#17,196 ranked city in the USARanks better than 41% of areas
A+ Bloomington Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Bloomington Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than Indiana
100same as the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Bloomington cost of living
F Bloomington Crime Total crime is 38% higher than Indiana
Total crime
2,96426% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3426% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
20%Year over year crime is up
Bloomington crime
D- Bloomington Employment Household income is 38% lower than Indiana
Median household income
$31,25444% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$21,04729% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%2% lower than the US average
Bloomington employment
F Bloomington Housing Home value is 36% higher than Indiana
Median home value
$172,1007% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$83912% lower than the US average
Home ownership
35%45% lower than the US average
Bloomington real estate or Bloomington rentals
B Bloomington Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Indiana
High school grad. rates
90%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
56%17% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:130% higher than the US average
Bloomington K-12 schools
C- Bloomington User Ratings There are a total of 19 ratings in Bloomington
Overall user rating
60% 19 total ratings
User reviews rating
60% 4 total reviews
User surveys rating
60% 15 total surveys
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      Living in Bloomington, IN

      Bloomington is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. The city has a population of 83,093 inhabitants. With a population density of 3,574 people per square mile, Bloomington is well above the nation's average density level. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (82% White). Given that fact, Bloomington could be considered less diverse than other cities. With an average age of 24 years old, Bloomington could be a great place to live for young adults as this age is well below the national average.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a good experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Bloomington, Indiana. To help you find the best places to live in and around Bloomington, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, weather, employment and more.

      Bloomington, IN receives 70 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #309 in Indiana and #10,895 in the USA. For each of the livability categories, we know that Bloomington ranks very well for amenities (A+) and education (A+). There are some categories that Bloomington ranks poorly for, including: crime (D-), employment (D-) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to determine why.

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Bloomington has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Bloomington: Oliver Winery, Indiana University, and WonderLab.

      The average school test scores in Bloomington are 71%. This far exceeds the national average and ensures that this educational system will provide your children with the skills and the tools they need to thrive.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Bloomington is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Bloomington come in at $172,100, which is 36% higher than the Indiana 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 5.5, which is 120% higher than the Indiana average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Bloomington area were 8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 3.4%.

      Bloomington transportation information

      Average one way commute16min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work62.8%83.0%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.7%8.9%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.5%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle3.9%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk13.6%2.1%2.8%
      Working from home3.8%3.5%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Bloomington, IN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).