Bloomington: What We Love Best Here

Bloomington is in Monroe County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Bloomington offers residents an urban suburban mix feel. Here’s why the city’s residents cherish it and surrounding area it’s nestled in.

Indiana University

The flagship campus of Indiana University, and home of the Hoosiers, Indiana University Bloomington is a prestigious public institution with a strong connection to the community. The park-like layout of the campus is always fun to visit, with many scenic stops next to fountains, landscaped green spaces, and halls of academia ringing with history. Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington has helped define the community for nearly two centuries, and this research university continues to provide many attractions for the public to enjoy today. Catching a Saturday Hoosier football game at “the Rock,” also known as Memorial Stadium, is a rite of passage for some Hoosier families. The same can be said about Hoosier basketball at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Interested observers may find themselves enjoying the open houses at the Kirkwood Observatory, near the iconic Sample Gates on campus. The adjacent Fountain Square Mall and Kirkwood Avenue are also popular with students and residents alike. Other inviting community attractions on campus include the Eskenazi Museum of Art, the IU Arboretum, and numerous free concerts that take place throughout the year.

Cultural Attractions

There are plenty other cultural attractions of note as well, like the 40,000-piece art collection of Indiana University’s Art Museum; the university’s Lilly Library, which features rare books including a collection of Abraham Lincoln material (and free admission); and plenty of festivals, like the Limestone Comedy Festival and Taste of Bloomington Festival.


When it comes to comfort, fun and community, Bloomington is nearly impossible to beat. Outdoor and natural amenities are abundant — Bloomington is known as the Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana and has a Tree City designation. Situated near Hoosier National Forest and Lake Monroe, the city boasts more than 10 parks and has high air quality with low pollution. Additionally, Bloomington residents get to experience all four seasons with average temperatures ranging from 32 to 76 degrees depending on the season.

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