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As a transplant from San Francisco, Trish found Bloomington an ideal place to live a balanced life and raise her two sons. The city is appealing to new residents of every age and lifestyle. We enjoy all four seasons – none of which is too extreme. And Indiana University, the heart of Bloomington, enriches lives in our community – from Big Ten sports to world class opera. The pulse of student life keeps Bloomington’s curiosity quotient high – there’s always something new to learn or an adventure to undertake.

Don’t just take our word for it. ranks Bloomington, IN number 21 in its 2021 survey of the top 100 places to live in the U.S.


  • More than 30 parks, scenic trails and outdoor recreation
  • Cultural attractions and affordable neighborhoods
  • Great schools and home to Indiana University’s main campus, one of the nation’s leading universities
  • A strong economy and a burgeoning tech sector

A Vibrant Housing Market

As for living arrangements, home buyers can choose from an array of settings and architecture. You’ll find 1920s craftsman style homes where the region’s limestone cutters and carvers lived.

In the popular downtown district that draws locals and out-of-towners to  shopping, dining and nighttime entertainment,  you’ll find a mix of old and new, with modern lofts and condominiums next to stately, turn-of-the-century palaces. Bloomington is a tree city, so wherever you go, you’ll enjoy the shade in summer, the color in fall and the glory of springtime.

Families love the established and new neighborhoods and the convenience of living in town; others seek the privacy afforded by wooded country estates with lake views. Bloomington offers several affordable neighborhoods, with the cost of living at 10-15 percent below the national average. Its strong sense of community pride is evidenced by its high ranking as a city whose residents are actively involved in activism and civic causes.

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