David Davis Historic Mansion in Bloomington, IL

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#64. Bloomington, IL

Historic building in downtown Bloomington, IL
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Bloomington, IL
Quality of Life
Liv Score

611
How We Calculate Our Data
Civics 56
Demographics 54
Economy 68
Education 55
Health 45
Housing 69
Infrastructure 38
Amenities 65

Why Bloomington is one of the best cities to live in

In the Land of Lincoln, Bloomington, IL, held special significance to the 16th president as he sharpened his legal skills and honed his political ambitions. Today, the area’s rich history is one of the many factors that add to an outstanding quality of life and make Bloomington one of the best places to live in the U.S. 

Like many college towns, the city has diverse cultural offerings, great local boutiques and plenty of restaurants and nightlife options. In addition, residents enjoy amenities including Constitution Trail, more than 60 parks, a large producer-only farmers market and summer fun on Lake Bloomington. Even better? Bloomington residents also enjoy median housing costs well below the U.S. and Illinois average, low crime rates, an overall lower cost of living and access to health care systems. Adjacent to the town of Normal, the twin cities are often referred to as BloNo or B.N. and are considered one larger community. 

What are Bloomington’s major industries and employers?

Major industry sectors include education, agribusiness, hospitality and financial services. The largest employers are led by State Farm Insurance, which is headquartered in Bloomington, along with Illinois State University, COUNTRY Financial and OSF HealthCare.

What are the major colleges and universities in Bloomington?

Illinois State University & Illinois Wesleyan University

What is the weather like in Bloomington? 

Although winter can be quite cold, with an average high of 36 degrees and an average low of 18 degrees, the cold is mainly contained to December through February. Summer averages 85-degree highs and pleasant 61-degree lows. Spring and fall bring mild days and cool evenings.

What is there to do outside in Bloomington?

A joint project between Bloomington and Normal, Constitution Trail features 45 miles of hard surface for cyclists, runners, walkers, skateboarders and in-line skaters. The popular trail connects to parks, historic neighborhoods and business districts.

Bloomington, IL is Remote-Ready

What makes Bloomington a great place for remote workers?

With a recent skyrocket in employment and an accompanying rise in the median income, Illinois is an excellent place to consider when looking for remote work. Specifically, in Bloomington, you’ll get some of the lowest home prices in the state — home prices are on average $50,000 lower than the national average, and rent is $200 lower than the national average. Good internet and great coworking spaces like Co:Create and The Launchpad are great for remote working. The cost of living is well below the national average, coming in at 82.9 out of 100.

What Locals Love in Bloomington, IL

What is the best local bookstore in Bloomington?

Independent bookstore Bobzbay sells new, vintage and gently used books in downtown Bloomington. Trade in books for store credit, shop for novelties and attend events, including poetry readings and book signings.

How do you spend a weekend in Bloomington? 

Start the day at Coffee Hound to fuel up before embarking on the Art Gallery & Studio Tour with more than a dozen downtown options. There are plenty of nearby restaurants for a bite of lunch.

What can you do for free in Bloomington?

The McClean County Museum of History is always free on Tuesday and Saturday mornings during the Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market. The iconic building in the heart of downtown features five permanent and two rotating exhibit galleries with nearly 20,000 objects preserved at the museum.

What’s the best way to spend happy hour in Bloomington?

With a selection of cold brews, martinis and Rosie’s Rum Punch, plus a choice of burgers and flatbreads – it’s no wonder Rosie’s Pub gets high marks as a favorite place to meet.

What’s something only locals know about Bloomington?

It seems some ISU students really like to act out. Television and big-screen stars who attended the university include Laurie Metcalf, Jane Lynch, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, Gary Cole and John Malkovich.

Thinking of Moving to Bloomington, Illinois?

You’ll find listings of Bloomington homes for sale as well as all of Illinois real estate on eXp Realty and you can refine your search. These top-rated real estate agents in Bloomington are local eXperts and are ready to answer your questions about the best new neighborhoods.

Quick Facts About Bloomington, IL

Average Commute
16
Median Home Value
$232,175
Med. Household Income
$68,742
Total Population
77,810
Walk Score
33
Median Property Tax
$1,411

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