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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Bloomington , Indiana

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. With a low 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.

Where to Retire in Bloomington and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in Bloomington (see link at top left). According to Zillow, the median home value was $286,445 in early 2023.

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.

Climate and Physical Environment

Summers are hot and humid, and Indiana is within 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.

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