Economic Highlights

  • #2 in the nation among 124 small metros for high tech employment (Milken Institute, 2013)
  • An “Emerging Epicenter of High Tech Industry” (Wired magazine)
  • Bloomington’s cost of living is 12.4% lower than the national average
  • Top 50 “Hottest Small Cities for Entrepreneurs” (Entrepreneur magazine)
  • Tech sector employment has grown by over 80% in recent years

Culture Highlights

Together, Bloomington’s arts and business communities support major arts initiatives, such as restoring the historic Buskirk-Chumley Theater, a state-of-the-art performance venue. Other successful arts initiatives include the annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival; the Waldron Arts Center; and the WonderLab, a science museum. We are passionate about maintaining green space; Bloomington is a Tree City USA, has one of the top-ranked Parks and Recreation departments in the country with 38 park and trail sites on nearly 2,360 acres.

Diversity Highlights

There are many unique cultures represented in Bloomington and numerous cultural centers to help you learn more about the different aspects of the community.

Iconic Events

Our city boasts over 13 major festivals each year, including the Lotus World Music Festival, which draws 5,000 visitors to downtown Bloomington every Autumn, and the PRIDE Film Festival.