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Bloomington is a city in Monroe County.
It is the county seat.
One tradition says the community was named for its flowers and foliage. Another says it was named for settler William Bloom.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Indiana named Bloomington. For links to other places called Bloomington, IN, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Bloomington is 39.165N. The longitude is -86.526W.It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 771 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 70,642.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Bloomington demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Monroe County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Bloomington area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 47406 ZIP code.
23% of Bloomington residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Bloomington ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Bloomington was $16,481, compared with $21,587 nationally.
55% of Bloomington residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Historic districts in Bloomington include Courthouse Square Historic District (Bloomington), North Washington Street Historic District, Prospect Hill Historic District, Steele Dunning Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Bloomington, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $491. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,015.
Libraries in Bloomington include Monroe County Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Bloomington include Herald-Times
TV stations in Bloomington include WCLJ, WIPX, WTIU, WTTV.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WFIU.
Monroe County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Bloomington political report.
Bloomington restaurants taking online reservations include Grazie! Italian Eatery ... View restaurants
The average commute time for Bloomington workers is 15 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 7 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Bloomington between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.0 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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