Population & Size
With a population of more than 80,500, the City of Bloomington includes 20 square miles and ranks as Indiana's sixth largest city. Nearby Ellettsville has a population of 6,500. Monroe County has a total population of nearly 141,000 and covers 394 square miles.
Bloomington's population is substantially more highly educated than state or national averages, reflecting the presence of a flagship state university campus (Indiana University), a robust community college (Ivy Tech Community College) and numerous scientific, technical and professional establishments. Nearly 90% of Bloomington's population has a high school diploma and 80% have some college education. Of all Monroe County adults over age 25, nearly 40% have a B.A. degree or higher, ranking the county second in Indiana and placing Monroe County in the top 2.2% of all counties in the nation.
Although the most recent US Census numbers indicate that 92% of the Bloomington MSA's population is Caucasian, the presence of Indiana University ensures a lively mix of cultures and ethnicities in and around Bloomington. Of the remaining population, slightly about 4% are Asian, just over 2% are African American and nearly 2% are Hispanic. Bloomington is home to centers celebrating the cultures of Tibetan Buddhists, African Americans, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans and Hispanics.
Not surprisingly for a university town, the county's median age (28.1 years) is much younger than that of the state as a whole (35.5), with a high proportion of residents in the 18-to-24 age group. The three groups ranging from 18 to 64 years of age, representing the majority of "working age" residents, currently account for nearly three-fourths of the county population, suggesting a sizable potential workforce in the county. However, two thirds of the growth in the county's population projected through 2020 will occur in the 45-and-up age groups.
Economy & Employment
Bloomington has a thriving economy, thanks in part to Indiana University and Crane Naval Base, two of the largest employers in the area. Other major employers can be found in health care, social services, tourism and manufacturing. Though the number of manufacturing jobs has declined in recent years, it is still a strong employment sector, along with education, health care and social services. In fact, employment in the life sciences industry is six times greater in Bloomington than the national average. More than 50% of the area's workforce is employed in white-collar occupations and Bloomington ranks number one among 124 small metro areas for high-tech employment.
IU enrolled its first 10 students in 1824 as the first college west of the Allegheny Mountains. Now, total enrollment is approaching 40,000 and includes students from all 50 states and more than 130 countries. Students choose IU for its outstanding research resources, facilities and academic programs, 110 of which are ranked in the top 20 nationally. IU is also home to several visitor attractions and performance venues including the I.M. Pei designed IU Art Museum and the IU Auditorium, which hosts a number of nationally-known performers and Broadway shows each year. The Hoosiers athletic teams have won more than 20 NCAA titles over the years in everything from Basketball to Soccer to Swimming!
Approximate # of Hotel Rooms - 2,178
Room Tax - 5%
Sales Tax - 7%