Bloomington : Indiana

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What it's Like to Retire in Bloomington

A college town with 40,000 students, Bloomington is located in south central Indiana. It's a typical Midwestern university city, bustling with frequent festivals, sporting events and concerts.  The flagship campus of Indiana University is here, which is unusually beautiful. With a lower cost of living, plenty of art galleries, and a music arts center, there's plenty to like about Bloomington.  Aerial photo courtesy of EMcCutchan and Wikipedia. Photo of Lilly Library on campus of Indiana University thanks to Vmenkov and Wikipedia.


Where to Retire in Bloomington and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in Bloomington (see link at top right).
According to, the median sale price of a home in late 2014, was a little under $170,000


What is special about Bloomington

Bloomington has a youthful vibe and a lot of cultural offerings. It's also relatively inexpensive.  It is home to Indiana University, which has been called one of the 5 most beautiful campuses in the nation. The Little 500 bicycle race is an annual favorite. Abundant trees, flowers, and Indiana limestone buildings dating back to the late nineteenth century cover the nearly 2,000 acres of campus.


What is not special about Bloomington

Indiana is infamous for its tornadoes. The poverty rate is also high.

Who will like retirement in Bloomington

Those looking for a college town with a low cost of living and a lot of activity would enjoy Bloomington.


Local economy is driven by

Education, accommodations and food service


Climate and Physical Environment

Summers are hot and humid;  Indiana is in Tornado Alley.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Bloomington is bursting with cultural life: there are a lot of festivals, concerts, art events, and, with Indiana University, plenty of sports to enjoy.


Crime in Bloomington is higher than the national average.

Medical facilities

Bloomington Hospital

Monroe Hospital



Bloomington is bike-friendly, pedestrian-friendly, and has an efficient public transport system.

Valuable Links

Bloomington on Wikipedia


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  • State: IN
  • Environment: College Town,Small-mid Sized City,Cultural Center,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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