Bloomington, Illinois

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Bloomington, Illinois

Introduction to Bloomington, Illinois

Bloomington is located in McLean County and is part of the Bloomington-Normal Metropolitan area. The city is home to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, which is recognized as one of the best Shakespearean events in the nation. In 2007 the publication, Computerworld selected Bloomington-Normal as the sixth most "techiest" community in the country. In 2008 Forbes.com recognized the metropolitan area as the twentieth smartest community in the nation. Golf Digest named Bloomington-Normal as one of the five best locations for playing golf in the country. State Farm Insurance is one of the city's major employers.


The Kickapoo Indians were the original inhabitants. The first group of non-native settlers arrived in the 1820's. Farmers were attracted by the fertile soil and agriculture became an important factor for the economy. Downtown became a thriving agriculture and commerce center. It has been noted that Abraham Lincoln, while working in the field of law would do business in the town center.

In the year 1900 a major fire destroyed most of the downtown. During the early portion of the 20th Century, Bloomington experienced significant growth due to agriculture and the building of highways and railroads and the flourishing insurance companies, especially State Farm Insurance.


  • Challenger Learning Center located at the Prairie Aviation Museum provides opportunities for simulated space and science activities with team programs for students, the public as well as corporate organizations.
  • Grady's Family Fun Park includes a miniature golf course, go-carts and rides for kids.
  • The Pepsi Ice Center offers indoor ice skating and incudes a hockey program.
  • The U.S. Cellular Coliseum is utilized for sporting events, family entertainment, concerts and other events.
  • The Bloomington Extreme are part of the United Indoor Football League.
  • The Prairie Thunder participate in the International Hockey League.
  • Upper Limits Indoor Rock Climbing Gym has a variety of climbing areas including a boulder area located outside.
  • The Miller Park Zoo contains a variety of noteworthy exhibits.
  • The McLean County Museum of History offers exhibits regarding the history of Central Illinois.


The Bloomington-Normal Constitution Trail provides opportunities for jogging, walking and cycling. The city is renowned for its golf courses. The Den at Fox Creek is a popular four star course. There are numerous other quality courses including Highland Park Golf Course, the Links at Ireland Grove, and Prairie Vista Golf Course.

Arts and Theatre

  • The American Passion Play
  • Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Illinois Shakespeare Festival
  • Illinois Symphony Orchestra
  • McLean County Arts Center

Historic Sites

  • Ewing Manor is situated in a wooded environment and is a wonderful example of the Channel-Normal style of architecture.
  • The David Davis Mansion was designed with Italianate and Second Empire features.
  • The Vrooman Mansion is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Rubin Benjamin House.
  • McLean County Courthouse.
  • Stevenson House.
  • Robert Greenlee House.

Higher Education

Bloomington is home to Illinois Wesleyan University.

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High Points

Bloomington strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Bloomington Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. State)
Top 10% Bloomington College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 10% Bloomington Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 14% Bloomington Well-Paid Single Men
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 18% Bloomington Racial Diversity
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 19% Bloomington Walking and Biking to Work

Comparative Profile of Bloomington, Illinois

Comparing Bloomington to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 8
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Racial Diversity 4 9
Senior Citizens 3 2
Age of the Population 3 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 2
Average Household Size 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 10
Median Family Income 7 8
People Above Poverty 6 5
People in Middle Class or Better 6 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 7 9
Working at Home 6 6
Public Transportation Use 5 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 9
Affordability of Rents 8 4
Housing Recently Built 7 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 4 3
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 5

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Bloomington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 118 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County McLean
Metro Area Bloomington - Normal
Standard Zip Codes 61701, 61704
P.O. Box Zip Codes 61702
Company Zip Codes 61709, 61710, 61791, 61799
Phone Area Codes 309
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.484
Longitude -88.993

Bloomington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station NORMAL
Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 61 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.4 inches
Station CHENOA
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 66 F
Annual Precip 34.6 inches
Distance 29.2 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
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Bloomington Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 64,808 100%
Male 31,413 48.5%
Female 33,395 51.5%
Under 18 16,168 24.9%
18+ 48,640 75.1%
65+ 6,438 9.9%
Median Age 32.4
Average Family Size 3.04
White 55,032 84.9%
African-American 5,602 8.6%
Asian 1,958 3%
American Indian & Alaskan 115 0.2%
Other 919 1.4%
Mixed Race 1,154 1.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,150 3.3%

Estimated Bloomington Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 69,749
Growth 4,941
Growth % 7.6%

Bloomington Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 27%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.4%
Irish 11%
US/American 9%
English 8.3%
Italian 4.2%
Polish 3.1%
Swedish 2.2%
Norwegian 2%
French (except Basque) 1.8%
Scotch-Irish 1.7%
Scottish 1.6%
Dutch 1%
European 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Czech 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Welsh 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Russian 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.3%
Greek 0.3%
Slovak 0.3%
British 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.2%
African 0.2%
Croatian 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Swiss 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Bloomington, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Barnes (61701)
Bloomington Heights (61701)
Covell (61704)
Eastland Commons (61701)
Eastland Shopping Center (61701)
Fletcher (61701)
Gillum (61701)
Kerrik (61701)
Oldtown (61701)
Yuton (61701)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Bloomington 64,808 $61,093
Carlock 456 $50,417
Danvers 1,183 $58,355
Downs 776 $56,932
Hudson 1,510 $65,703
Normal 45,386 $60,644
Towanda 493 $51,875

Bloomington Public Libraries

Bloomington P.l.
205 E. OLIVE ST.
Bloomington, Illinois
(309) 828-6091
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Bloomington Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(309) 662-3311
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Bloomington

(As of 2005)
Veterans Pkwy & Washin
101 N. Veterans Parkway
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Bloomington High Schools (2004)

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Serves 1,544 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

A Non-traditional School
Serves 106 students.

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Serves 68 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.6

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1. Hickory, North Carolina 86.8   32.2% 13.6% 28% 18 $47,522 6.9% 22.8% 37,222 11.3% 82.9 0.4% 7.9
2. Davenport, Iowa 86.6   29.4% 12.1% 21.5% 18 $45,944 7.4% 16.3% 98,359 14.1% 75.5 0.3% 13.6
3. Albuquerque, New Mexico 86.6   30.5% 12% 31.8% 21 $46,979 6.9% 28.4% 448,607 13.5% 65.9 0.4% 10.5
4. Greensboro, North Carolina 86.4   32.8% 11.9% 33.9% 21 $50,192 6.3% 44.5% 223,891 12.3% 61.4 0.4% 7.6
5. Wichita, Kansas 85.6   31.2% 11.9% 25.3% 19 $49,247 8% 24.8% 344,284 11.2% 62.8 0.3% 8.4
6. Homewood, Alabama 85.2   35.1% 10.6% 54.2% 18 $60,256 6.3% 20.2% 25,043 7.6% 66.4 0.3% 5.3
7. Dover, Delaware 84.7   32.3% 13.3% 28.8% 20 $48,338 6.7% 45.1% 32,135 13.8% 56.2 0.4% 7.6
8. Sioux City, Iowa 83.2   27.6% 13.3% 19% 17 $45,751 7.9% 14.8% 85,013 11.2% 49.1 0.2% 4.7
9. Northport, Alabama 79.5   28.8% 14.1% 30% 20 $48,673 7.1% 28.9% 19,435 13.9% 43.3 0.4% 7.4
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Adlai Stevenson's residence between 1890 and 1901

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Adlai Stevenson's residence between 1890 and 1901

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Track to be straightened in the Bloomington yards. between 1900 and 1905

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