Monroe County, Indiana

You’ll find options for urban, rural, and lakeside living in Monroe County.

Bloomington boasts outstanding schools, a walkable downtown brimming with culture, and neighborhoods ranging from historic to hipster. The city functions as a regional center for our community and home of Indiana University. It’s a quintessential college town, but there’s a reason it’s also been named one of America’s best cities for doing business and one of the hottest small cities for entrepreneurs. You’ll experience it in the local shops and large businesses strewn throughout our community – unique restaurants, tech start-ups housed in co-working spaces, fortune 3000 companies, distilleries, and craft breweries all call Bloomington home.


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But life is more than work… which is why we’re proud that Forbes recently ranked Bloomington #1 in the United States for work-life balance. When the day’s done or the weekend is here, you’ll be surrounded with a plethora of options for recreation and relaxing. Retreat to a quiet abode in this heart of the Midwest, or hop on one of the trails that make us a gold-rated bicycle-friendly community. Bloomington is known for its beautiful parks, outdoor markets and festivals, a thriving arts scene with regular Gallery Walks, and the Lotus World Music and Arts Festival. Here you can sip a pour-over as you stroll through a world-class art museum, have a local pint as you take in an improv show, or lose your voice cheering on the 5-time national champion Hoosiers basketball team in the hallowed ground of Assembly Hall. When it’s time to eat, culinary options abound… we have all the comfort food favorites you’d expect, but when you’re feeling adventurous, Bloomington boasts global culinary experiences so diverse that your options per capita are second only to Manhattan. You’ll find farm to table restaurants, hip coffee houses and craft breweries, and a wide variety of food trucks.

The city’s pride is its education system, beginning with blue-ribbon public schools and several private school options, each shaped by the town’s melting pot of cultural diversity.