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
Zumper, 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