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Overview

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population85,080
Male Share of the Population48.7%
Female Share of the Population51.3%
Senior Citizens18.8%
Employed Population 16+45,721
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married49.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher40.8%
Median Earnings25+$42,175
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$23,654
Median Earnings With High School Degree$31,510

Wealth

Median Family Income$84,196
% Above Poverty Level92%
% Below Poverty Level8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time22 minutes
% Working from Home4.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work2%
% Using Public Transportation4.6%

Housing

People Living Alone33.2%
Median Gross Rent$999
Median House Value$221,900

Ancestry

German29.1%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)21.4%
Norwegian15.4%
Irish10.9%
Swedish9.5%
English5.8%
African3.6%
French Except Basque3.2%
Polish3%
Italian2.5%
Czech1.7%
Danishn1.6%
Somali1.5%
Dutch1.5%
Scottish1.3%
Finnish1.1%
Russian0.7%
Canadian0.6%
Welsh0.5%
Ethiopian0.5%
Arab0.4%
Hungarian0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Kenyan0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Nigerian0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Slovene0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Turkish0.1%
South African0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Moroccan0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Egyptian0.1%
US/American0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Luxemburger0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Icelander0.1%
Serbian0.1%
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Bloomington Almanac

CategoryValue
County Hennepin County
Standard Zip Codes55420, 55425, 55431, 55437, 55438, 55435
Phone Area Codes952, 612, 651, 763
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude44.84
Approximate Longitude-93.28

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)

StationMINNEAPOLIS INTL AP
Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp4 to 22 F
Apr Temp36 to 57 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp39 to 58 F
Annual Precip29.4 inches
StationFARMINGTON 3 NW
Distance13.3 miles
Jan Temp4 to 22 F
Apr Temp36 to 59 F
Jul Temp61 to 84 F
Oct Temp39 to 60 F
Annual Precip31.4 inches
StationJORDAN 1 S
Distance20.5 miles
Jan Temp-1 to 19 F
Apr Temp31 to 55 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp34 to 58 F
Annual Precip29.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Burnsville61,158$78,579
Eagan65,874$103,374
Edina49,976$136,765
Mendota279$71,250
Richfield35,912$71,650
Savage29,399$111,793

Bloomington Public Schools

Beacon - (287)
9701 Nicollet Ave
ZIP: 55420
(952) 681-5058
High
Total Enrollment 88
Beacon Alp Is
9701 Nicollet Ave S
ZIP: 55420
(952) 681-5056
High
Indian Mounds Elementary
9801 11th Ave S
ZIP: 55420
(952) 681-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 361
Kennedy Senior High
9701 Nicollet Ave S
ZIP: 55420
(952) 681-5000
High
Total Enrollment 1477
Valley View Elementary
351 E 88th St
ZIP: 55420
(952) 681-5700
Primary
Total Enrollment 530
Valley View Middle
8900 Portland Ave
ZIP: 55420
(952) 681-5800
Middle
Total Enrollment 639
Beacon Preparatory School
8600 Bloomington Ave S
ZIP: 55425
(952) 426-6000
Seven Hills Prep Academy Upper
8600 Bloomington Avenue South
ZIP: 55425
(952) 426-6000
Middle
Total Enrollment 212
Seven Hills Preparatory Academy
8600 Bloomington Ave S
ZIP: 55425
(952) 426-6000
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
271 Metro South Abe
2575 W 88th St
ZIP: 55431
(952) 681-6172
High
Total Enrollment 68
271 Metro South Abe Is
2575 W 88th St
ZIP: 55431
(952) 681-6172
High
Bloomington Shared Time
1350 West 106th St
ZIP: 55431
(952) 681-6505
Other
Total Enrollment 3
Bloomington Transition Center
2575 West 88th Street
ZIP: 55431
(952) 681-6259
High
Total Enrollment 41
Hillcrest Elementary
9301 Thomas Rd
ZIP: 55431
(952) 681-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Oak Grove Elementary
1301 W 104th St
ZIP: 55431
(952) 681-6800
Primary
Total Enrollment 417
Oak Grove Middle
1300 W 106th St
ZIP: 55431
(952) 681-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 751
Washburn Elementary
8401 Xerxes Ave S
ZIP: 55431
(952) 681-5500
Primary
Total Enrollment 424
Westwood Elementary
3701 W 108th St
ZIP: 55431
(952) 806-7200
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Jefferson Senior High
4001 W 102nd St
ZIP: 55437
(952) 806-7600
High
Total Enrollment 1645
Normandale Hills Elementary
9501 Toledo Ave S
ZIP: 55437
(952) 806-7000
Primary
Total Enrollment 493
Olson Elementary
4501 W 102nd St
ZIP: 55437
(952) 806-8800
Primary
Total Enrollment 555
Olson Middle
4551 W 102nd St
ZIP: 55437
(952) 806-8600
Middle
Total Enrollment 868
Poplar Bridge Elementary
8401 Palmer Rd
ZIP: 55437
(952) 681-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 491
Southwood Ecse
4901 West 112th St
ZIP: 55437
(952) 806-8900
Primary
Total Enrollment 177
Sun Center
4571 W. 102nd Street
ZIP: 55437
(952) 681-6400
Primary
Total Enrollment 26
Ridgeview Elementary
9400 Nesbitt Rd
ZIP: 55438
(952) 806-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 392

Bloomington Private Schools

Nativity Of Mary School
9901 E Bloomington Fwy
ZIP: 55420
Elementary
Total Enrollment 281
Life Academy
2201 W 108th St
ZIP: 55431
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 152
Ramalynn Montessori Academy
8800 Queen Ave S
ZIP: 55431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 116
Tlc Early Learning Center
11000 France Ave S
ZIP: 55431
Elementary
Total Enrollment 9
Abc International Montessori Academy
10801 Normandale Blvd
ZIP: 55437
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Bethany Academy
4300 W 98th St
ZIP: 55437
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 233
Bloomington Lutheran School
10600 Bloomington Ferry Rd
ZIP: 55438
Elementary
Total Enrollment 167
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