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Overview

Introduction to Bloomington, Indiana

Located about 50 miles southwest of Indianapolis is the Indiana city of Bloomington, which is also the county seat of Monroe County. Incorporated as a city in 1818, Bloomington got its start as a settlement when U.S. President James Munroe selected the site as the location of a seminary, originally known as Indiana Seminary. The seminary later became a college and in 1848 finally became Indiana University (IU). The first college west of the Allegheny Mountains, the University has evolved into one of the most beautiful university campuses in the U.S. offering several nationally recognized programs for students.

Owing to its location in the heart of the Midwest, Bloomington is within a day's drive of over half of the U.S. population. The city can be accessed from two major state highways: Indiana State Highways 37 and 46, both of which provide easy access to several Interstates. The primary source of air service to Bloomington is the Indianapolis International Airport, located just 50 miles to the north, although private aircraft can fly to and from Monroe County Airport, located just west of Bloomington.

Points of Interest in Bloomington

The area's natural beauty makes Bloomington ideal for an outdoor excursion. Home to the state's only national forest, its largest inland lake, and a large number of parks, Bloomington offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. The Hoosier National Forest offers over 230 miles of hiking, horseback and mountain biking trails. Lake Monroe is a large and popular venue for boating, fishing, water-skiing, and more. Other recreational sites in or near Bloomington include:

  • Balloon Safaris and Vencel Hot Air Balloons: Offers balloon trips in and around Monroe County
  • Bluespring Caverns Park: Explorations of the underground world of caves
  • Hoosier Heights Indoor Climbing Facility: Over 8,000 square feet of indoor climbing terrain
  • Leonard Springs Nature Park: Includes caves, steep forested slopes and a wetlands area
  • Riddle Point Park: Features a 1,650 acre lake
  • Stone Creek Ranch: Horse riding and hay rides on more than 15 miles of trails
  • Barn Yard Friends: Live animal frontier and petting area
  • Upper Cascades Skate Park
  • Wapehani Mountain Bike Park
  • Bloomington Speedway
  • Freeman Family Farms

Educational and cultural sites are also plentiful in Bloomington. Some of the more popular include:

  • Kirkwood Observatory: Built in 1900 and named after astronomer and IU professor Daniel Kirkwood
  • Buskirk-Chumley Theatre: A downtown Bloomington site listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Monroe County History Center
  • John Waldron Arts Center
  • Mathers Museum of World Cultures
  • Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center
  • Tibetan Cultural Center

Bloomington is home to several annual events and festivals. Some of the area's most notable include:

  • Bloomington Early Music Festival: Held annually towards the end of May
  • Canopy of Lights: A December event celebrating the holiday season
  • Eagle Watch Weekend: A weekend event held in February featuring three days of birding and wildlife programs
  • IU Summer Music Festival: Takes place from mid-June to mid-August
  • Picnic with the Pops: Held every 4th of July weekend
  • Fourth Street Festival of the Arts
  • Bloomington ArtsWeek
  • Lotus World Music and Arts Festival
  • BubbleFest
  • Chocolate Festival
  • Monroe County Fair
  • Winter Wine Festival

Indiana University's intercollegiate athletics program has a long tradition of excellence. The Hoosiers, a member of the prestigious Big Ten Conference, have won a total of 24 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships, including the 1975-76 men's basketball team coached by Bobby Knight which remains the last Division I squad to go undefeated for an entire season and then go on to win the NCAA championship.

Fans craving sports of the professional variety can take the one hour drive to Indianapolis and see a variety of pro teams. The Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) and the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) represent the area's two major sports franchises. Also in Indianapolis are the Women's National Basketball Association's (WNBA) Indiana Fever and the United States Hockey League's (USHL) Indiana Ice. Minor League Baseball in the city is played by the Indianapolis Indians, a Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indianapolis 500, often called "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," is held annually over the Memorial Day weekend in Speedway, Indiana, which is just outside of Indianapolis.

Demographics

People

Total Population83,093
Male Share of the Population49.7%
Female Share of the Population50.3%
Senior Citizens8.3%
Employed Population 16+37,796
Age of the Population24

Families

% of people married23.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher56.5%
Median Earnings25+$27,543
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$12,802
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,867

Wealth

Median Family Income$59,960
% Above Poverty Level62%
% Below Poverty Level38%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home3.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work17.5%
% Using Public Transportation6.5%

Housing

People Living Alone39.3%
Median Gross Rent$839
Median House Value$172,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.3%
German20.1%
Irish11.7%
English11%
Italian4.3%
Polish4%
Scottish2.6%
French Except Basque2.5%
Dutch1.8%
Swedish1.4%
Russian1.3%
Norwegian1%
Arab0.8%
Welsh0.8%
Canadian0.7%
Swiss0.5%
Turkish0.5%
Hungarian0.5%
African0.5%
Greek0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Czech0.4%
Danishn0.4%
Ukrainian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Finnish0.2%
US/American0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Latvian0.2%
Ghanaian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Australian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Macedonian0.1%
Israeli0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Bloomington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monroe County
Standard Zip Codes47401, 47403, 47404, 47405, 47406, 47408
P.O. Box Zip Codes47402, 47407
Phone Area Codes812
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude39.16
Approximate Longitude-86.52

Bloomington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBLOOMINGTON INDIANA UNIV
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 64 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp44 to 67 F
Annual Precip44.9 inches
StationSPENCER
Distance15.2 miles
Jan Temp15 to 35 F
Apr Temp37 to 62 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp38 to 65 F
Annual Precip45.9 inches
StationCOLUMBUS
Distance32.8 miles
Jan Temp19 to 37 F
Apr Temp41 to 64 F
Jul Temp65 to 86 F
Oct Temp42 to 67 F
Annual Precip41.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ellettsville6,501$53,884
Gosport716$48,594
Nashville1,260$54,231
Paragon693$42,250
Spencer2,281$41,950
Stinesville232$47,083

Bloomington Public Libraries

Monroe County Public Library
303 EAST KIRKWOOD AVENUE
Bloomington, Indiana
(812) 349-3050

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Bloomington Hospitals

Monroe Hospital
(Proprietary)
4011 S Monroe Medical Park Blvd
(812) 825-1111
Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital
(Non-profit)
601 W Second St
(812) 353-9555
Bloomington Meadows Hospital
(Proprietary)
3600 N Prow Rd
(812) 331-8000

Bloomington Public Schools

Binford Elementary School
2300 E Second St
ZIP: 47401
(812) 330-7741
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Bloomington High School South
1965 S Walnut St
ZIP: 47401
(812) 330-7714
High
Total Enrollment 1678
Childs Elementary School
2211 S High St
ZIP: 47401
(812) 330-7756
Primary
Total Enrollment 499
Jackson Creek Middle Sch
3980 S Sare Rd
ZIP: 47401
(812) 330-2451
Middle
Total Enrollment 576
Lakeview Elementary School
9090 S Strain Ridge
ZIP: 47401
(812) 824-7061
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Rogers Elementary School
2200 E 2nd St
ZIP: 47401
(812) 330-7767
Primary
Total Enrollment 369
Templeton Elementary School
1400 S Brenda Ln
ZIP: 47401
(812) 330-7735
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
The Bloomington Project School
349 S Walnut St
ZIP: 47401
(812) 558-0041
Primary
Total Enrollment 271
Bloomington Graduation School
705 W Coolidge Dr
ZIP: 47403
(812) 330-7708
High
Total Enrollment 60
Clear Creek Elementary School
300 Clear Creek Dr
ZIP: 47403
(812) 824-2811
Primary
Total Enrollment 403
Grandview Elementary School
2300 S Endwright Rd
ZIP: 47403
(812) 825-3009
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Highland Park Elem Sch
900 Park Square Dr
ZIP: 47403
(812) 825-7673
Primary
Total Enrollment 368
Lora L Batchelor Middle Sch
900 Gordon Pike
ZIP: 47403
(812) 330-7763
Middle
Total Enrollment 542
Summit Elementary School
1450 W Countryside Ln
ZIP: 47403
(812) 330-2011
Primary
Total Enrollment 554
The Acad Of Sci & Entrepreneurship
444 S Patterson Dr
ZIP: 47403
(812) 330-2480
High
Total Enrollment 96
Arlington Heights Elem Sch
700 W Parrish Rd
ZIP: 47404
(812) 330-7747
Primary
Total Enrollment 340
Bloomington High School North
3901 N Kinser Pike
ZIP: 47404
(812) 330-7724
High
Total Enrollment 1588
Edgewood Intermediate School
7600 W Reeves Rd
ZIP: 47404
(812) 876-2219
Primary
Total Enrollment 560
Edgewood Primary School
7700 W Reeves Rd
ZIP: 47404
(812) 876-9600
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Fairview Elementary School
627 W 8th St
ZIP: 47404
(812) 330-7732
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Hoosier Hills Career Center
3070 Prow Rd
ZIP: 47404
(812) 330-7730
High
Tri-north Middle School
1000 W 15th St
ZIP: 47404
(812) 330-7745
Middle
Total Enrollment 535
Marlin Elementary School
1655 E Bethel Ln
ZIP: 47408
(812) 330-7750
Primary
Total Enrollment 228
University Elementary School
1111 N Russell Rd
ZIP: 47408
(812) 330-7753
Primary
Total Enrollment 578

Bloomington Private Schools

Bloomington Developmental Learning Center
1807 S Highland Ave
ZIP: 47401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Harmony School
909 E 2nd St
ZIP: 47401
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 177
St Charles Catholic School
2224 E 3rd St
ZIP: 47401
Elementary
Total Enrollment 358
Clear Creek Christian School
5405 S Rogers St
ZIP: 47403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 79
Lighthouse Christian Academy
1201 W That Rd
ZIP: 47403
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 234
Penny Lane West
1920 S Yost Ave
ZIP: 47403
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Grace Baptist Academy
2320 N Smith Pike
ZIP: 47404
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Pinnacle School
1503 W Arlington Rd
ZIP: 47404
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 72
The Prep School
525 W 17th St
ZIP: 47404
Elementary
Total Enrollment 180
Adventist Christian Elementary
2230 N Martha St
ZIP: 47408
Elementary
Total Enrollment 18
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