The City of Bloomington
- Population of 80,000 situated in the rolling hills of southern Indiana with a 50 miles south of Indianapolis, and ranks as the 6th largest city in Indiana
- Proud home of Indiana University, one of the Big Ten colleges in the Midwest, with nearly 40,000 students
- Named #10 on the Forbes list of Best Places for Business
- Chosen by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the top 50 adventure towns in the US
The Religion of Bloomington
- Became a settlement when President James Monroe chose the sight for the establishment of a seminary for preachers in 1816.
- The Dalai Lama makes regular visits to lecture and to visit the Tibetan Cultural Center founded by his brother in Bloomington. The city includes congregations of Jewish, Muslim, Christian Science, Bahai’ Faith, Catholic, and Protestant faiths.
The Demographics of Bloomington
- The city has high educational credentials with 94% of residents with a high school diploma, 54% of residents with a bachelor’s degree, and 20% with a master’s, professional, or doctorate degree.
- On campus, many nations of the world are represented in the classroom. The campus at IU is globally diverse and multicultural.
- Since education is a major employer, one out of every five working men and one out of every four working women are employed by an educational institution.
- Bloomington is a very young city with the median age of residents being 23 years old.
The Rock Quarries of Bloomington
- Some consider the campus at IU one of the most beautiful campuses in the US.
- The rock quarries in Bloomington and the southern communities provide the highest quality limestone in the country. The Empire State Building, the Pentagon, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, the Biltmore Estate, and thirty-five state capital buildings use limestone from quarries near Bloomington.