Retire in Bloomington

Best Retirement City - Bloomington

See why many believe that Bloomington is the best city to retire

Bloomington, IN is a tight knit community anchored by Indiana University. As with most college towns, the benefits of a nearby student body are plentiful, with a large variety of restaurants, bars, and shops. Bloomington offers a strong arts and entertainment scene, with the Atlas Ballroom, Buskirk-Chumley Theater, and the Grunwald Gallery of Art to name a few. For those who enjoy the occasional libation, the nearby Butler Winery & Vineyard or Bloomington Brewing Company produce excellent local wine and beer. Those will be an ideal compliment to many of the excellent restaurants in town, as Bloomington was named one of the Top Food Towns in America in the 2012 Best of the Road competition. Cultural offerings such as the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and the Indiana University Summer Theatre are quite popular with locals during the warmer months, while a variety of museums are open year-round. Bloomington neighborhoods are broken up into four quadrants: Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Southeast, with the University and surrounding communities lying in the Northeast.

City Highlights

  1. Inviting college town
  2. Top food city
  3. Low 65+ unemployment rate
  4. Low hazard risks

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Not tax friendly
  2. Cold winters

At a glance

Population:

81,963

Median age:

23

Median Household Income:

$ 28,660

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Indianapolis, IN

Population Growth Last 3 Years

3.8%

County:

Monroe

Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women

Airports

Closest Airport:

Indianapolis International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:

46

Closest Major Airport:

Indianapolis International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:

46

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