Rankings recognize who is “doing it right” and puts it all in perspective with lists and numbers. And according to the numbers, Bloomington-Normal is a great place to work, to learn and to live.
Overview of our over-achievements
Bloomington-Normal is ranked #1 among "Happiest City in America"
- Zippia, 2020
Bloomington-Normal is ranked #1 among "Best Cities to live in after the pandemic"
- Business Insider, 2020
Bloomington-Normal is ranked #11 among "Most Livable Small Cities in the U.S."
- Smart Asset, 2020
Bloomington-Normal is ranked #4 among "Least Stressful Cities in America"
- Smart Asset, 2018
Bloomington-Normal ranked as one of the "Top 20 Safest Cities in America for Women"
- SecurityChoice.com, 2017
Bloomington-Normal is ranked #10 for Top College Towns
- Business Insider, 2017
Illinois State University is ranked #22 out of 1,200 for Best College for the Money
- College Factual, 2016
Bloomington-Normal ranked as one of "11 Cities You've Never Thought to Live, But Should"
- Huffington Post, 2016
Bloomington is ranked #15 for Best Cities for new college grads nationally in 2016
Bloomington-Normal Metro Area is ranked within top 50 Best Places for STEM Grads 2016
- Nerd Wallet, 2016
ISU in Normal is ranked 4th of Midwest Schools' Best Bang for Your Buck
- Washington Monthly, 2016
Bloomington is ranked #3 of the Top 25 Small College Towns in America
- USA Today, 2016
Bloomington is ranked #10 in the 2016 Best Affordable Places to Live for Families in America
- Liveability, 2016
Bloomington is ranked #25 of the Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers in the US
- Forbes, 2015
Bloomington is the Digital Capital of Illinois
- Google Economic Impact, 2015
Normal is ranked #3 of the Top 50 Best Small College Towns in America
- College Values Online, 2015
Normal is ranked #4 and Bloomington #5 of the Best Cities for Families in Illinois
- Apartment List, 2015
Normal is ranked one of the 10 Best Places for Millennial Job Seekers in the Midwest
- NerdWallet, 2015
Bloomington-Normal is ranked the 28th Greenest City in America
-Sperling's Best Places, 2014
Bloomington-Normal is ranked one of the 50 Best College Towns in America
- Best College Reviews, 2014
McLean County one of the best property tax values in IL.
- SmartAsset, 2014
Normal one of the Fastest Growing cities in Illinois
- NerdWallet, 2014
Bloomington is named one of the Most Exciting places in Illinois
- Movoto Blog, 2014