Accolades & Rankings

Don't just take our word for it.

Bloomington has been honored to receive many accolades from esteemed organizations and publications over the years, which you can browse below.

As a Destination

Classic car drives past tulips on Kirkwood in Bloomington

  • Bloomington was named in the 10 Best Vacation Destinations in the Midwest by Chicago Tribune (2020)
  • Readers Digest included Bloomington in their list of the 15 Most Underrated American Cities Worth Visiting (2020)
  • Bloomington was named Indiana's Best Travel Destination by Travel Pulse (2020)
  • Refinery29 featured Bloomington in their round-up of 35 Amazing Trips to Take with Your BFFs (2017)


Four people cheersing cocktails at Cardinal Spirits


People milling around at Pridefest

  • Bloomington has scored a perfect, 100-point score on the Human Rights Commission's Municipal Equality Index for six years in a row (2015-2020)
  • Thrillist named Bloomington in their round-up of Greatest Pride Celebrations in America (2019)
  • Livability included Bloomington in their list of 7 Unexpected Places with Great Comedy Scenes (2018)
  • Bloomington was named one of Family Traveler's 6 Surprising Cities Great for LGBTQ Families (2018)


A pontoon and two kayaks on Monroe Lake at the Paynetown SRA