Bloomington is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 79,168 people and 28 constituent neighborhoods, Bloomington is the seventh 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 88.26% 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 (14.81%), food service (10.93%), and sales jobs (9.77%).
Also of interest is that Bloomington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
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.
A relatively large number of people in Bloomington telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.62% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Bloomington is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Bloomington have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Bloomington’s economy is one such example of this.
Not only is Bloomington a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.29 minutes getting to work every day.
Many people in Bloomington take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Bloomington citizens for affordable transportation.
If knowledge is power, Bloomington is a pretty powerful place. 55.66% 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 2018 was $25,437, 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 $101,748 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 33.59% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Bloomington is a very 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 German, English, Irish, European, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Bloomington is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.