#24. Bloomington

This beauty is known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana.” Bloomington is ideal for trails, students and entrepreneurs for its outdoor recreation, Indiana University and affordability to live and work. It ranks in the number 1 spot on our list for affordable food spending, not to mention in the top 10 for high wage job growth and top 20 for affordable housing. This city doesn’t lack in smarts or fun either, ranking in the top 20 for both educational attainment and culture. Bloomington has ranked on our Top 100 Best Places to Live, Top 10 College Towns, as well as on our Best Foodie Cities and Best Beer Cities lists.

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