Why Choose Bloomington?

Read What National Media Has To Say About Bloomington. Compiled By The Bloomington Visitor's Bureau..

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. (September, 2007)

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 Lake Monroe and the Hoosier National Forest. (August, 2007) 


Mother Earth News Magazine named Bloomington, Indiana one of Eight Great Places you've never heard of, citing the college town's sustainability practices. (August, 2007)

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 a big drawing card for out of state students. (August 22, 2005)

Bloomington was named an editor’s choice by PlanetOut.com, recognizing this cool Midwestern college town as a ground-breaker among in gay and lesbian travel destinations. (August, 2005)

"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, (July/August 2005)

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.” (May, 2005)

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. (May 5, 2005)

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.” (April, 2005)

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.” (2005)

Forbes.com 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. (June, 2004)

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." (June 2004)

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." (Dec., 2003)

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." (May, 2003)

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." (May, 2003)

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. (Sept. 2003)

Travel & Leisure Magazine tells its readers to " . . . look no further than Bloomington, Indiana. Its cobblestoned 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." (May, 2001)

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-mil-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 Unviersity, 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. (Dec. 2001)

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." (April, 2000)

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. (May 2000)

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." (May-June 2000)

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 Lake Monroe are cited. (Oct. 1, 1999)

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. (1998)

AAA Home & Away calls Bloomington "a perfect blend of the pleasures of civilization and the beauties of nature." (Sept/Oct. 1998)

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. (May, 1997)

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. (1997)

Vegetarian Times selected Bloomington as one of the 8 most desirable places to live. "Bloomington is a cultural beacon amid the cornfields." (1995)

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." (1991)

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. (1991)

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. (1991)

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. (1987)

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."