Located a mere 2.5 hours south of Chicago, 3 hours north of St Louis, and 3.5 hours from Indianapolis, the city of Bloomington IL offers the all the amenities of urban life while maintaining the tranquility of downstate living. Boasting a population just over 75,000 people, Bloomington is an ideal community to raise a family, start a business, and even enjoy your retirement dreams.
Bloomington is home to many great companies, both big and small. State Farm Insurance was founded in Bloomington by G. J. Merherle in 1922. Originally founded as an automobile insurance alternative for downstate farmers, who shouldn't have to pay "big city prices", Merherle's company is now on the largest privately held corporations in the world. Known as the "Good Neighbor" company, State Farm was recently ranked #41 on the latest Fortune 500 list.
Country Financial is another great corporation that has its home base in Bloomington. Founded just three years after State Farm in 1925, County has grown its focus beyond those in the agricultural field to Americans in all walks of life. In addition to multiple lines of insurance, the company has offered investment products to its customer since 1965. Between the two friendly rivals, Country Financial and State Farm employ tens of thousands of workers in McLean County. It's hard to live here and not know someone who's in the insurance business!
And it's not just the big companies that thrive here, Bloomington has became a great community for small business owners. The community's central location and ease of access to transportation make it an ideal place for businesses in a variety of industries. One of the oldest family owned businesses in Bloomington is Beer Nuts. Started in 1937 by Edward Shirk, Beer Nuts is renowned for its signature salty-yet-sweet glaze. A snacking favorite all over the United States, the company's only production facility is still found in Bloomington.
Ferrero North America, part of the global confectionery company Ferrero Group, started construction Spring of 2021 on a new chocolate manufacturing center in Bloomington, Illinois. It will be Ferrero’s first chocolate production plant in North America. The new manufacturing center will be an expansion of Ferrero’s Bloomington facility and will allow the company to produce chocolate for Crunch,100Grand, SnoCaps, Raisinets, Goobers, Ferrero Rocher and other Ferrero products made in North America. The $75M expansion, which will add 70,000 square feet to Ferrero’s current 2501 Beich Road footprint. This plant in Bloomington IL is Ferrero’s third chocolate manufacturing plant in the world.
Entrepreneurs looking for an ideal location for their business might look no further than downtown Bloomington. With the leadership of both city government and the Downtown Bloomington Association, the heart of the city continues to be a thriving locale for many different types of businesses. From banks to boutiques, coffee shops to bookstores, downtown Bloomington has something for everyone. The Association is very active in promoting downtown businesses through a variety of events including the Saturday Farmer's Market that draws a crowd of folks from all over central Illinois.
Bloomington couldn't be great if it weren't for great schools. Between McLean County Unit School District #5 and District #87, local families have some of the best public school choices in all of Illinois. With a proud 150 year tradition, District #87 is home to Bloomington Junior High and Bloomington High School. The most updated news can be found on the District #87 Schools Facebook page.
Spend even a modest amount of time here and you'll realize Bloomington is a place that takes pride in its community. That civic pride is probably on display best at the 38 public parks, 3 golf courses, 2 aquatic centers, and the area's lone ice rink. These areas provide residents will both the tranquility of nature and the opportunity for plenty of activities. Bloomington IL Parks & Recreation also has a full calendar of events and programs for people of all ages.
Whatever you are looking for in your next home, Bloomington is likely to have it. Take a look at the current houses listed below and then use the form on the right to tell my team how we can help you call Bloomington "home."
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