Established in 1818, Bloomington is known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana” for its scenic trails and outdoor recreation. Great schools like Indiana University, Big 10 sports, cultural attractions and affordable neighborhoods earned Bloomington a spot on the Best Cities for Entrepreneurs in 2016 and 2017, and on our Top 100 Best Places to Live list. The city's growing food scene has also received national accolades for local wines and eclectic dining options. Bloomington has been designated a Tree City USA for the past 30 years and is often recognized among America’s best cities for doing business. The local economy is strong in areas like advanced manufacturing, education and technology, and the popular downtown district has many venues for shopping, dining and nighttime entertainment.
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