Rankings

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 overachievements

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"
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Huffington Post, 2016

Bloomington is ranked #15 for Best Cities for new college grads nationally in 2016
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Zumper, 2016

Bloomington-Normal Metro Area is ranked within top 50 Best Places for STEM Grads 2016
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Nerd Wallet, 2016

ISU in Normal is ranked 4th of Midwest Schools' Best Bang for Your Buck
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Washington Monthly, 2016

Bloomington is ranked #3 of the Top 25 Small College Towns in America
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USA Today, 2016

Bloomington is ranked #10 in the 2016 Best Affordable Places to Live for Families in America
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Liveability, 2016

Bloomington is ranked #25 of the Best Small Places for Businesses and Careers in the US
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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