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Find out what other publications have been saying about Bloomington, Indiana. From national rankings to individual articles, everyone's talking about us!

The Indiana University Art Museum made Architectural Digest's 2015 list of the Best University Art Museums in America.

According to Campus Pride, Indiana University is one of the 25 Most LGBTQ-friendly Colleges and Universities.

PureWow calls Indiana University's campus one of America's Prettiest College Campuses.

The Huffington Post calls Bloomington #10 on its list of the Best Cities for College Grads in 2015.

Bloomington is #5 on Business Insider's 2015 list of the 10 Best Small Cities for Educated Millennials.

Cooking Light calls the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market one of America's 50 Best Farmers' Markets.

Three Bloomington restaurants -- Feast, Bub's Burgers, and BLU Boy Chocolate Cafe and Cakery -- made Movoto's list of 15 Indiana Restaurants That Will Blow the Taste Buds out of Your Mouth.

Indiana University is #5 on Buzzfeed's list of 21 of the Most Beautiful Colleges and Universities.

Upland Brewery is one of the 16 Best Breweries in the Midwest, according to Yahoo! Food.

College Ranker named Bloomington #6 on its list of The 50 Best College Towns to Live in Forever.

CBS lists Bloomington 13th among the Top U.S. Cities for Hipsters.

Upland Brewery's Sours line of beers made the Huffington Post's list of the Most Sought-After Craft Beers in America.

Travelerfun named Bloomington's Oliver Winery their All-Time Favorite Local Winery in Indiana.

Restaurant Tallent, located in downtown Bloomington and run by James Beard Award-nominated Dave Tallent, was named Indiana's best restaurant by Business Insider.

College Ranker named Indiana University's Rose Well House the home of  the nation's Top Romantic College Traditions. It is believed that a female student is not officially a Hoosier coed until she has been kissed beneath its dome at midnight.

Treehugger called Bloomington one of the nation's top 25 Bike-to-Work Cities.

Bloomington made Conde Nast Traveler's list of the 10 Best College Towns for People Who Aren't in College.

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce honored Bloomington as the 2014 Community of the Year, based on our city's quality of life, amenities, and emerging high-tech hub.

Travel and Leisure says Bloomington is #9 of America's Quirkiest Towns.

Bloomington was ranked as the nation's #1 Best City for Work-Life Balance by Forbes Magazine in August 2014, based on a report compiled by NerdWallet!

Bloomington was listed as #36 in the 2014 ranking of the 50 Best College Towns in America!

Bloomington was listed at #22 on the 2013 Forbes Magazine online list of 100 Best Small Places for Business and Careers in the country. Among the metrics considered in the ranking were net migration patterns, cultural and recreational opportunities, educational attainment, overall business costs and projected economic growth

The Indiana University Bloomington campus was listed at #15 on the list of The 50 Most Amazing College Campuses for 2013. It was the highest ranked campus in both the state of Indiana and the Big Ten. 

Indiana University was named to #22 on the 2013 Forbes list of Top Public Colleges in the nation, and broke into the Top 100 Colleges overall for the first time at #97.  

Bloomington was recognized in 2013 as #7 on a list of the Smartest Towns in America, published by VentureBeat.  

Bloomington landed at #3 on's 2013 list of Top 10 Foodie Cities in America, citing restaurants with refined kitchens, respected chefs and avant-garde menus along with food-focused special events.

Indiana University was listed at #3 on a 2012 list of The Decade's Hottest Schools from The Daily Beast, citing a campus that "‘looks' like college is supposed to."

Bloomington's own Yogi's Grill & Bar was named to Urban Spoon's list of the Most Popular Restaurants in the Country in 2012. One of only four Indiana restaurants listed, Yogi's is the only one not located in the Indianapolis metro area. 

Bloomington was ranked one of the Best Small Towns for Food in America by USA Today and Rand McNally in 2012. 

Indiana University received the highest possible ranking (five stars) for the second year in a row from Campus Pride on their 2012 LGBT-Friendly LGBT -Friendly Campus Climate Index, appearing on their list of Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges And Universities.

Bloomington was recognized as one of the Top 25 Places to Retire by Forbes in 2012. 

Indiana University  was included in the third annual edition of their free downloadable book The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition

Bloomington was named the 4th Hardest Working Town in America by Parade Magazine in 2012. 

The Princeton Review named Indiana University's Department of Theatre and Drama to their list of Top 10 College Theatre Programs in the country in 2011. 

Bloomington was named to AARP's list of 10 Great Small Cities for Retirement in October, 2011.  

Bloomington's own BuffaLouie's was included on USA Today's 2011 list of 10 great places to savor Buffalo wings, citing the sweet BBQ sauce - rumored to be a favorite of former IU Basketball coach Bob Knight.

IU Bloomington was at the top of University Navigator's list of Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly Universities in 2011, which referred to the university as a "haven for vegans." 

In 2011, named Bloomington one of their Top 10 Places to Start a Fall Foliage Tour, citing bicycle trails, Wapahani Bike Park and nearby Brown County State Park.  

PETA named IU Bloomington the winner of their annual Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges in 2011, saying at IU Bloomington, "vegan and vegetarian options are clearly marked and always delicious,"  

For the fourth consecutive year, Bloomington was been named a Playful City USA for 2011 by KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local governments address the "Play Deficit."

In 2011, Travel and Leisure named IU Bloomington one of America's Most Beautiful College Campuses.

Bloomington was named to Money Magazine's list of Top 25 Places to Retire in 2011, citing international flavors, museums, live music and outdoor recreation opportunities.  

Indiana University received the highest possible ranking (five stars) from Campus Pride on their 2011 LGBT-Friendly Campus Climate Index. lists Bloomington at #2 on their list of the Top 10 Hidden-Gem Wine Regions.

Indiana University was ranked #15 on list of the Most Amazing College Campuses.

Bloomington was chosen as one of the Best Places to Retire by recognized Bloomington as one of the Top 10 College Towns: Great Cities for School and Life After Graduation. (#7)

PETA named Bloomington to its North America's Most Vegetarian-Friendly Cities list and commended the city for providing residents with delicious and healthful vegetarian options.

B-town's own Runcible Spoon is on's list of best breakfasts in the US! (#14).

Forbes Lists IU as the Sixth Most Valuable Men's Basketball Program in the nation.

Indiana University was ranked number three in The Daily Beast's list of The Decade's Hottest Schools.

Bloomington is the "4th Gayest City in America", according to The Advocate.

Nick's English Hut, a Bloomington tradition, was named one of the "Top 10 College Sports Bars" by Playboy Magazine.

Midwest Living Magazine says Bloomington is one of the "Top Five Food Towns in the Midwest!"

The Princeton Review named Indiana University the Best College for Value in 2009.

Bloomington was named the number one "surprisingly gay small town destination" by and

Bloomington is the "7th Fastest Growing Destination for Wine and Culinary Enthusiasts" in the nation, according to Orbitz Travel Research.

The Wall Street Journal ranked the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at number five in the nation on its list of favorite regional programs and number two on its list of public schools. 

Bloomington was named one of America's top 50 adventure towns by National Geographic Adventure Magazine.  One town was chosen for each state; Bloomington made the list thanks to great outdoor recreation options like Monroe Lake and the Hoosier National Forest.

Mother Earth News Magazine named Bloomington, Indiana one of Eight Great Places you've never heard of, citing the college town's sustainability practices. 

Indiana University was recently chosen as America's "Hottest Big State School" by Newsweek Magazine, citing the university's embrace of information-age technology, which is a big drawing card for out of state students. 

Bloomington was named an editor's choice by, recognizing this cool Midwestern college town as a ground-breaker among gay and lesbian travel destinations. 

"The verdict: Whether you're gay, straight or somewhere in between, Bloomington offers something rarely found in this country: a small town with a bold history of openness and acceptance."  Out Traveler Magazine.

Inc. Magazine ranked Bloomington Number 19 in the country on its list of America's best cities for doing business. "Not only is Indiana University the largest employer in town, its faculty and students helped spawn 60 tech-related start-ups." 

Bloomington was named number 10 on the Forbes list of Best Places for Business. The rankings were based on criteria including the cost of doing business, cost of living, crime rate, culture and leisure, job growth and educational attainment.

Bloomington was listed at number 8 on the list of Top 10 Places to Live from Men's Journal Magazine. The magazine looked at 50 variables to find the "healthiest, sexiest, most fun and most affordable towns in the land." 

Warren Bland's book "Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada" named Bloomington among the best places to retire. "In reality this small southern Indiana college town is one of America's best places for an active retirement. Indiana University, the scenic hill country surrounding Bloomington and the city itself offer an unbeatable combination of culture and recreation to suit every taste from grand opera and ballet to basketball and fishing. All in all, Bloomington is a safe and friendly place that offers a plethora of cultural and recreational amenities at low cost." ranks Bloomington 11th in the nation among the best small cities to do business in. Forbes rates the cities in nine categories: advanced degrees; cost of doing business; cost of living; crime rate; culture and leisure; educational attainment; income growth; job growth and net migration.

Healthcare Traveler Magazine notes that "nestled amongst the rolling hills of southern Indiana, Bloomington basks in the warmth of a community that takes pride in its quality of life. . . Recently named by USA Today as one of the country's top college towns, Bloomington proves that a small city with a big heart can have it all." 

The League of American Bicyclists named Bloomington one of only 13 bicycle-friendly communities in the nation. The communities were recognized for a "longstanding commitment to providing safe accommodation and facilities for bicyclists and for encouraging bicycle travel for both transportation and recreation." 

Men's Journal rated Bloomington number 5 on its list of the 50 Best (Healthiest, Safest, Sexiest) Places to Live. Bloomington was the top Midwestern city mentioned and also received the honor of being the Editor's Pick.. ". . . the mix of youthful idealism, Hoosier unpretentiousness, and world-class sports and culture makes this a place where your opportunities are limited only by your time and interests - a place you can call home without giving up your soul."

Women's Wear Daily declared IU Campus an honorable mention for its fashion sense in their annual college edition. "Despite Indiana University's location in fly-over country, far away from Seventh Avenue, it has quite a few remarkable elements related to fashion making it a style oasis."

Sports Illustrated on Campus magazine rated Bloomington the number 6 college sports town in the nation. "We're talking about the overall sporting experience at the school, and obviously for basketball it's terrific, which is no secret. But IU also has a solid group of other sports programs, including men's soccer and swimming. Indiana is also very strong in the area of recreational sports, which was a major criteria here. You can make the argument that IU has the best student recreation center in the country." The magazine also cited the annual Little 500 Bicycle Race.

Travel & Leisure Magazine tells its readers to " . . . look no further than Bloomington, Indiana. Its cobblestone streets, limestone buildings and old-fashioned porches create a laid-back setting, while the outdoor markets and frequent concerts and lectures keep energy at a steady high. To paraphrase one local artisan, Bloomington has the soul of a big city but the heart of a small town . . . the cultural pulse of the Midwest." 

Runner's World Magazine calls Bloomington "the quintessential college town. Discover this great small city . . . in John Mellencamp's Hoosier Heartland country. Picture a 2-mile-long horizontal rectangle. The left half is vibrant downtown Bloomington, with live-music clubs, cafes, pubs, galleries, specialty shops, bookstores and ivy-covered brick buildings. At its epicenter: the Downtown Square. The rectangle's right half is sprawling and spectacular Indiana University, a virtual city of Gothic limestone buildings rated one of the five most beautiful American campuses in The Campus as a Work of Art by Thomas A. Gaines. 

The National Geographic Society's Adventure Magazine has placed a bike ride through the hills of Bloomington, Harrodsburg and Springville on their list of the 100 best adventures in the United States. The 50-mile bicycle route was recognized as adventure number 65 on the list. The route includes "a two-lane country road past small farms, limestone quarries and quaint towns." 

Yahoo! Internet Life magazine ranked the IU Bloomington campus number 4 among the 100 Most Wired Colleges. Rankings were based on access and infrastructure, administrative services, general resources and student support.

Modern Maturity Magazine named Bloomington one of the 50 Most Alive Places to Live in 2000. Fifty cities were chosen based on 5 categories: Green & Clean, Small Towns, College Towns, Quirky and Big Cities. Bloomington was chosen number 7 among College Towns. "Bloomington is classic small-town America . . . but for such a small town (population 65,000), Bloomington acts a lot like a big city." 

USA Today named Bloomington one of their 10 great places to soak up campus culture. "I talk to people who are graduates of Indiana University. Not only do (they) miss the university, they miss being around Bloomington." Local pubs, shopping and nearby Monroe Lake are cited. 

Psychology Today ranked Bloomington number 7 out of 25 of America's lowest stress cities. "There are many ways of comparing cities as good places to live. This rating uses the psychological well-being of their inhabitants, as measured by rates of alcoholism, crime, suicide and divorce. 

AAA Home & Away calls Bloomington "a perfect blend of the pleasures of civilization and the beauties of nature." 

Yahoo! Internet Life magazine ranked the IU Bloomington campus number 1 among public state schools in a survey of 300 colleges and universities, and number 8 among all colleges. The survey was based on four main categories: student services, hardware and wiring, academic use of the internet and recreational use of the internet. 

Golf Digest ranked Monroe County number 6 out of 72 best golf counties to retire to. The ranking was based on such factors as great weather, low crime, reasonable living costs, clean air, accessible health care, cultural stimulation and plenty of good golf. 

Vegetarian Times selected Bloomington as one of the 8 most desirable places to live. "Bloomington is a cultural beacon amid the cornfields." 

Family Wealth's Great Places to Retire (from the publishers of Money magazine) ranked Bloomington number 6 in the nation. "If you're one of those renaissance folks who relish Bob Knight, grand opera, Kurt Vonnegut and ice fishing, this lively university town is for you." 

The 50 Healthiest Places to Live and Retire in the United States, a book by Norman D. Ford, ranked Bloomington 12th in the country. Ford cites Bloomington's low level of urban stress and ample sources of culture and social awareness. The area also is dedicated to fitness, nutrition and has lower than average costs of living and housing. The book describes Bloomington as a bike-friendly city with a highly articulate population. It is located close to six state and federal recreation areas. 

The Campus as a Work of Art, written by Thomas A. Gaines, cites the 1,860 acres of the Bloomington campus as one of the five most beautiful campuses in the nation. 

Rand McNally, Retirement Places Rated ranked Bloomington number 8 in the nation. "Monroe-Brown County, IN - University town has great services." Rank based on climate, money matters, personal safety, services and housing. 

Bicycling magazine ranked Bloomington number 7 in the nation for best places to bike. "This is the home of Indiana University's Little 500 race made famous in Breaking Away. In Bloomington, cycling receives vigorous support from the press, city council and motorists. Five state recreation areas within cycling distance."

The New York Times says Bloomington is among "The Big 10 of College Towns."

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