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Here is how others have rated Bloomington:

  • Twice designated an All American City.
  • Psychology Today ranked Bloomington the seventh lowest stress city in America.
  • Rand McNally's Retirement Places ranked us as the eighth best community in the country.
  • Money Magazine ranked us as the US 's sixth best place to settle down.
  • Time Magazine noted Bloomington a great town to retire in due to its low cost of living compared to larger cities but offered bigger city entertainment and activities.

Bloomington is one of the outstanding communities in the Midwest. Nestled in the rolling hills of south central Indiana, it has long been known for its big city offerings while maintaining its quaint Midwestern charm. Home to three lakes, two forests, thriving shops, ethnic restaurants, live music, and most of all, Indiana University, the town has a cultural diversity rare in small town Midwestern settings.

Indiana University, with some of the nation's top programs in areas such as music, business and other arts and sciences, is a significant resource for Bloomington. The University brings a level of culture not found in other similarly sized communities, making Bloomington a center for the performing arts.

Broadway plays, the longest continuing running opera program in the Western Hemisphere and its numerous jazz, rock-and-roll and alternative music clubs makes the area a haven for musicians studying at Indiana University's internationally ranked music school. Add the numerous outdoor activities of hiking, hiking, canoeing and caving and Bloomington is perfect for those who love outdoor adventure, indoor fun and music everywhere they go!.

One of Monroe County's greatest attributes is the ability to mix quality growth with the surrounding beauty of the terrain. Limestone quarries dot the area as do lakes and forests. But we're not all nature here. Shopping abounds with a restored downtown full of specialty shops, restaurants and hometown flavor. Mega bookstores, quality clothing and the traditional mall shopping are also available, as well as a magnitude of concentrated shopping venues that dot the county.

Referred to as the heart of the community, the square is graced with one of the area's most beautiful buildings. The Monroe County Courthouse, built in 1902, is still an active part of government with several of the county offices located there.

The downtown area offers a wide array of specialty shops, restaurants and many of the area's live music clubs. Here you will also find art galleries, cooking shops, clothing for men and women, athletic stores, music and collectible stores. Several times throughout the year local entertainers perform during the lunch time to entertain shoppers.

Bloomington is located within a day's drive for more than half of the U.S. population. Located only an hour south of Indianapolis it is served by several state roads and Highway 37. So it's easier than you think!

City   Approximate
Drive Time
Indianapolis 50 miles 1 hour
Fort Wayne 169 miles 3 hours
South Bend 190 miles 4 hours
Evansville 116 miles 2.75 hour
Chicago 227 miles 4 hours
Cincinnati 118 miles 2.25 hours
Louisville 85 miles 1.5 hours
St. Louis 202 miles 3.5 hours
Detroit 365 miles 7 hours
Columbus 223 miles 4 hours

The Monroe County Airport currently doesn't have a commuter airline. The Indianapolis Airport is within an hour's drive. Transportation from the Indianapolis Airport is easy. The Bloomington Shuttle makes 9 trips a day, 7 days a week.

Local Schools:  There are two public school systems within Monroe County.  Monroe County Community School Corporation encompasses all of the townships within Monroe County, except Richland Township and Bean Blossom Township.  There are two townships W and NW of Bloomington.  Those townships have the Richland Bean Blossom School System.  Detailed information about each of these school corporations can be found online.  Links to each plus their respective schools are found below as well as some private school options.


  • City of Bloomington: 60,000
  • Monroe County: 108,000
  • Median Age: 26.5 yrs
  • Average Education: 14.2 yrs
  • Indiana University Enrollment: 35,000

Bloomington On The Web

Indiana University
Indiana University Music Library
Indiana University Libraries
Monroe County Community School Corporation
Bloomington High School North
Bloomington High School South
Batchelor Middle School
Jackson Creek School

Tri-North Middle School
Arlington Hts Elementary
Binford Elementary
Childs Elementary
Clear Creek Elementary
Grandview Elementary
Highland Park Elementary
Lakeview Elementary
Marlin Elementary School
Rogers Elementary
Summit Elementary
Templeton Elementary
University Elementary School

Harmony Edu Networks
Bloomington Montessori School

St. Charles
Bloomington Developmental Learning Center
Richland Bean Blossom Schools (Ellettsville)
Edgewood High School
Edgewood Middle School
Edgewood Intermediate School
Stinesville Elementary
Edgewood Primary
Early Music Festival
Hoosier National Forest
B97 Radio
WTIU Television
WFIU Radio
Monroe County Public Library
Voter Registration



Susan Graves' Team
Susan Graves - CRS,GRI, e-Pro, Licensed Indiana REALTOR
Kathy Stallsmith - CRS, GRI, e-Pro, Licensed Indiana REALTOR
RE/MAX Realty Professionals
328 S. Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN 47401
812-334-3563 Direct Line 877-334-3563 Toll Free

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