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Welcome to Bloomington ...

The city of Bloomington is located in Monroe County<1> and is the County Seat for Monroe County.

When the people of Bloomington refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Bloomingtonian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bloomington has a population of 85,755 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Bloomington.

Bloomington is 790 feet [241 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Bloomington lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Bloomington (for example, toward Palestine (IL)), you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

Bloomington is within the boundaries of the (812) area code.

The ZIP codes for Bloomington: 47401-47408, 47490<5>

Websites for Bloomington ...

Official Website: www.city.bloomington.in.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bloomington had an population of 85,755 people. This is an increase of 6.65% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 23.76% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bloomington had a population of 80,405 people (which is 58.28% of the total population of Monroe County). This makes Bloomington the county's most populous community.

The population of Bloomington represents 1.24% of the population of Indiana (which has 6,483,802 people), making it the state's 6th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 80,405 people, the population of Bloomington increased 16.04% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 69,291 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bloomington.

Adding Bloomington to Our Gazetteer ...

As we work on our Gazetteer, we occasionally find mention of a community that is new to us. When we find such a community, we add it to our Gazetteer with the hope of adding more information in the future.

We originally found mention of Bloomington in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, we also found mention of Bloomington elsewhere: The earliest book where we found it mentioned was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Bloomington on our Genealogy Page.

Communities Also Named Bloomington ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 33 communities that are also named Bloomington - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas (5), Kentucky (2), Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario (2), Pennsylvania (2), South Dakota, Tennessee (2), Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bloomington.

Communities near Bloomington ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bloomington.

  • Martinsville [Morgan County]
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    • Martinsville [Morgan County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the north of Bloomington
    • Estimated population in 2019: 11,669 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Martinsville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Martinsville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Martinsville<8>
  • Ellettsville [Monroe County]
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    • Ellettsville [Monroe County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Bloomington
    • Estimated population in 2019: 6,747 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ellettsville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ellettsville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ellettsville<8>
  • Spencer [Owen County]
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    • Spencer [Owen County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the northwest of Bloomington
    • Estimated population in 2019: 2,256 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Spencer have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Spencer
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Spencer<8>
  • Oolitic [Lawrence County]
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    • Oolitic [Lawrence County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the south of Bloomington
    • Estimated population in 2019: 1,134 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Oolitic
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Oolitic<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Nashville [Brown County]
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      • Nashville [Brown County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the east of Bloomington
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,098 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Nashville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Nashville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Nashville<8>
    • Gosport [Owen County]
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      • Gosport [Owen County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the northwest of Bloomington
      • Estimated population in 2019: 797 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gosport have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gosport
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gosport<8>
    • Paragon [Morgan County]
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      • Paragon [Morgan County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the north of Bloomington
      • Estimated population in 2019: 678 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paragon have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paragon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Paragon<8>
    • Stinesville [Monroe County]
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      • Stinesville [Monroe County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the northwest of Bloomington
      • Estimated population in 2019: 218 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Stinesville have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Stinesville
    • Judah [Lawrence County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Judah
      • Judah [Lawrence County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the south of Bloomington
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Judah have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Judah
    • Dolan [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dolan
      • Dolan [Monroe County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the north of Bloomington
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dolan

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bloomington. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bloomington.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bloomington. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bloomington.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bloomington. Our list includes 78 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bloomington.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bloomington ...

Looking for more information about Bloomington? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bloomington, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bloomington.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Indiana

About Monroe County

About Indiana

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Bloomington: www.city.bloomington.in.us/

The official website for Monroe County: www.co.monroe.in.us/

The official website for State of Indiana: https://www.in.gov

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Indiana's counties, including Monroe, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Bloomington refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Bloomington may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bloomington.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bloomington - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bloomington). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bloomington or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Bloomington includes: 47401, 47402, 47403, 47404, 47405, 47406, 47407 & 47408.
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bloomington) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bloomington. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bloomington

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bloomington. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.1656, Longitude: -86.5268    
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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