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Nearby you can find the Waterpark of America or, if you would prefer to commune with nature, you can visit the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. Not only are there lots of activities in Bloomington, but there are lots of great opportunities for jobs and housing. Bloomington’s convenient location by the highway makes commuting fast and easy, whether you are headed to the airport or to an event in Minneapolis. If you are searching for homes for sale in Bloomington, MN, view our Bloomington real estate listings today.
Median Home Price: $215,490
If you love to shop, Bloomington is arguably one of the best places to live in the country. The Mall of America is located within the city limits, and is home to over 520 stores. Besides the goliath that is the Mall of America, Bloomington is also home to several other shopping centers, as well as having Southdale Shopping Center, and the Galleria nearby.
Bloomington is filled with great places to eat. Besides the countless restaurants located within the Mall of America like Tucci Benucch, there are a plethora of fantastic options within the city. If you’re looking for succulent cuts of meat or seafood, Bloomington Chophouse has everything from raw oysters to a 24oz. porterhouse steak. Parma 8200 is the perfect place to fulfill a craving for Italian; it’s also a great date night location! If you’re hungry for it, you’ll find it in Bloomington.
Bloomington encourages residents to adopt sustainable practices and leads by example with green initiatives seen throughout city facilities. The city promotes alternative transportation methods to cut back on carbon emissions, and has a Sustainable Work Program with goals such as reducing energy consumption within city buildings and providing Community Energy Services to the homeowners of Bloomington.
Bloomington Public Schools, Independent School District 271, is known for its excellent academic programs. The all of the schools within the district been recognized for their outstanding performance, earning either the title of National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence or Minnesota Schools of Excellence. There are also three private schools within the city’s limits: Bloomington Lutheran School, Nativity of Mary School, and Bethany Academy. As for higher education, Normandale Community College, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bethany College of Missions, and Rasmussen College are located in Bloomington as well.
Metro Transit provides public transportation services to the residents of Bloomington. Beyond Park and Ride lots and regular bus routes, Bloomington has access to the light rail system, which has a stop at the Mall of America. This allows residents to reach both downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul easily.
Bloomington’s local policy administration is the responsibility of the City Council. The council is made up of the Mayor and six additional council members. Two of the council members are elected at-large, while the remaining four are elected by wards.
In 1851, soon after the Treaty of Traverse de Sioux, the land that would become present-day Bloomington was settled. Named after Bloomington, Illinois, where the original settlers had come from, the community mainly consisted of farmers, millers, and blacksmiths. Through the turn of the century and up until World War II the township grew steadily, consolidating rural schools and adding infrastructure like telephone lines.
After World War II, Bloomington boomed. The birth of the baby-boomer generation prompted the community to shift away from the small-town feel. Increases in residential housing, schools, and commercial districts along with city funded fire and police departments completed the transition into a bustling suburb – even playing host to all of Minnesota’s professional sports teams from 1961-1981. When the Minnesota Twins and Vikings left Bloomington for the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, the old Metropolitan Stadium became the site for the Mall of America.