Contact Information
  • Librarian: Chanitra Bishop
  • Location: Herman B Wells Library W121
  • Phone: (812) 855-8386
Additional Contacts
    • Librarian: Emily Okada
    • Location: Herman B Wells Library W121
    • Phone: (812) 855-1643
last updated: 4/24/2010

Best Places to Live

Will your job search take you beyond Bloomington?  Different organizations and publications have ranked the best places to live based on economy, housing, and crime rates.

Online Resources

America's Most Livable Cities
Ranking based on economic growth, city center, neighborhoods, housing, leadership, environment, finance, and other criteria.  Large, mid-sized, and small cities are ranked, as are regions.

CNN/Money's Best Places to Live

Along with an emphasis on solid schools, low crime and job growth (according to U.S. Census and demographic data), this survey also looks for areas that have avoided urban sprawl and overcrowding, and where city fathers have put a premium on green space, culture, and having an accessible city center.

CNN/Money's Cost of Living Calculator
Find out how much you would have to earn in a new location to maintain the same standard of living. Breaks down into percent increase or decrease for groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, and healthcare.

Forbes' The Best Places For Business And Careers
Ranking of 200 metro centers in the U.S.based on growth in jobs and earned income, plus a measure of activity in critical technologies that foster future growth.

Forbes' Best Places for Singles
Is romance high on your list of criteria? This ranking of 40 metropolitan areas gathered stats on the number or other singles, nightclubs, job growth and cost of living, plus a highly-subjective buzz factor. Other criteria included were: places to eat and drink, and cultural attractions (museums, sports teams, etc.)

Sperling's Best Places
Browse 3000 City Profiles. Look at school statistics, crime rates and climate. Interactive format allows you to answer questions then suggests best locations.

last updated: 4/24/2010