Introduction to Bloomington, Minnesota

The Minnesota city of Bloomington, a southern suburb of Minneapolis, is located in Hennepin County. Situated about 15 miles south of each of Minnesota's twin cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Bloomington is serviced by Interstate I-35, which bisects the city, and also by Interstate I-494. Centered in the heart of the Upper Midwest, the city sits along the banks of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. Bloomington is most famous for being the home of the nation's largest (and the world's most visited) shopping center, the Mall of America.

The first organizational meeting for the Town of Bloomington took place in 1858, the same year that Minnesota achieved its statehood. It wasn't until 100 years later, however, that Bloomington began to grow significantly. In 1950 the city had a population under 10,000 but a decade later it was five times as large. In 1960, the town became a city and further growth would follow. In 1961, Bloomington became home to both baseball's Minnesota Twins (who moved to Minnesota as the former Washington Senators franchise) and football's Minnesota Vikings (an NFL expansion team in 1961), who played at the city's newly-renovated Metropolitan stadium. In 1967, Bloomington gained another team when the expansion Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League moved into the city's Metropolitan Sports Center. By 1982, the Twins and Vikings would leave the city for a newer stadium in Minneapolis and in 1994 the hockey franchise would relocate in Dallas. The year 1992 was a significant one in the city's history with the opening of the Mall of America, the largest retail complex in the United States and one of the largest tourist attractions in North America.

Bloomington Area Attractions

The crown jewel of Bloomington's tourist industry is the Mall of America, the largest visitor attraction in Minnesota. The Mall boasts over 500 stores, small and large, plus theaters, food, and much more. A more recent Bloomington attraction is the Water Park of America. Opened for business in May 2006, the facility claims to be the largest indoor water park in the U.S. The park sports a unique look, attached to a hotel with water-slide tubes exiting and then re-entering the side of the hotel building. The Twin Cities area has a number of other attractions as well. The Science Museum of Minnesota, located in the state's capital city of Saint Paul, covers topics in technology, natural history, physical science and mathematics. Minneapolis' Mill City Museum chronicles the flour milling industry that drove world flour production for roughly a half-century and spurred the growth of the city. Valleyfair!, the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest, offers 125 acres of rides, games, food, and fun. St. Paul's Ordway Center for the Performing Arts plays host to a wide variety of performing arts, including touring Broadway musicals, orchestra performances, and opera.

The Twin Cities host a number of annual festivals and events. January's St. Paul Winter Carnival, the city's biggest event, features winter sports competitions, ice and snow sculpting, parades and live entertainment. The Minnesota State Fair, one of the nation's largest and best-attended agricultural and educational entertainment events, runs for twelve days from late August into early September. "A Taste of Minnesota" is a late-June celebration of food and music featuring nightly fireworks displays and numerous booths offering local, national and international food samples. Holidazzle is a winter event which features an outdoor parade staged several nights a week during the months of November and December.

Minnesota hosts a large number of professional sports teams, all centered in the Twin Cities area. Included in the list are Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins, the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves, the National Football League's Minnesota Vikings, and the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild. Other Minnesota pro teams include women's basketball's Minnesota Lynx (WNBA), the Minnesota Thunder of the United Soccer League and the Minnesota Swarm of the National Lacrosse League.


Total Population 85,826
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 18.5%
Employed Population 16+ 45,564
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 49.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 40.2%
Median Earnings25+ $40,600
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,362
Median Earnings With High School Degree $30,384


Median Family Income $81,113
% Above Poverty Level 91.1%
% Below Poverty Level 8.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 4.7%


People Living Alone 33%
Median Gross Rent $971
Median House Value $216,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 6.4%
Irish 11.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Bloomington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 9 miles S of Minneapolis, Minnesota
County Hennepin
Metro Area Minneapolis - Saint Paul
Standard Zip Codes 55420, 55425, 55431, 55435, 55437, 55438, 55439
Phone Area Codes 952
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 44.84
Longitude -93.298

Bloomington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 4.3 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 22 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 39 to 58 F
Annual Precip 29.4 inches
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 4 to 22 F
Apr Temp 36 to 59 F
Jul Temp 61 to 84 F
Oct Temp 39 to 60 F
Annual Precip 31.4 inches
Station JORDAN 1 S
Distance 20.5 miles
Jan Temp -1 to 19 F
Apr Temp 31 to 55 F
Jul Temp 58 to 81 F
Oct Temp 34 to 58 F
Annual Precip 29.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Burnsville 61,255 $76,405
Eagan 65,424 $104,157
Edina 49,373 $130,199
Mendota 230 $68,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Serves 1,766 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

4001 W. 102ND ST.
Serves 1,665 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 23.4

4901 W. 112TH ST.
A Special Education School
Serves 150 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16

A Non-traditional School
Serves 113 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

A Magnet School.
Serves 90 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25

A Non-traditional School
Serves 47 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

9600 3RD AVE. S.
A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.

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