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Bloomington, Indiana Demographic Profile

Nestled in the rolling hills of south-central Indiana, Bloomington has an established reputation as a livable, healthy, entrepreneurial community known for both big-city amenities and abundant Midwestern charm.

The community's many business incentive programs, networking groups, counseling services, and training resources provide the ideal environment to start, grow and locate a business.

Bloomington has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of "America’s Best Cities for Doing Business" and as one of Entrepreneur Magazine's Top 50 "Hottest Small Cities for Entrepreneurs." Additionally, Forbes Magazine ranked Bloomington No. 3 in its "Best Places for Business Careers" feature.

Bloomington is a regional economic center anchored by Indiana University and home to a diverse business community that excels in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, technology, health care, and the arts. Bloomington's concentration of employment in the life sciences is six times greater than the U.S. average, and employment in the technology sector has grown by over 80 percent in recent years.

Learn more about the factors that make Bloomington a community of discovery and innovation below in the Economic Dashboard.

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Working in Bloomington

Regions

The City of Bloomington resides in Monroe County. The Bloomington, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area (Bloomington MSA) is defined by the United States Census Bureau as an area consisting of two Indiana counties—Monroe and Owen.

As of the 2010 Census, Monroe County had a population of 137,974 and the City of Bloomington had a population of 80,405. Population estimates for 2013 for Monroe County are 141,888 and for the City of Bloomington are 82,575.

Stats Indiana provides a detailed profile of the Bloomington MSA and of Monroe County:

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Labor Force

  Labor Force Employment Unemployment Unemployment Rate
Bloomington MSA 93,809 88,508 5,301 5.7%
Economic Region 8 153,256 144,435 8,821 5.8%
Monroe County 69,227 65,627 3,600 5.2%

Data Source: Hoosiers By the Numbers (May 2014)

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Population Characteristics

Population
  Yesterday (2000) Today (2010) Tomorrow (2015)
Bloomington MSA 175,506 192,714 202,830
Monroe County 120,563 137,974 148,420

Data Source: Hoosiers By the Numbers

Age Distribution
  Bloomington MSA Monroe County
Under 5 9,619 6,430
5 to 17 25,472 15,790
18 to 24 45,178 41,044
25 to 44 46,462 33,530
45 to 64 43,872 27,555
65 and older 22,643 14,129

Data Source: Hoosiers By the Numbers; U.S. Census Bureau; Stats Indiana

Race and Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Percent
White 91.2%
Asian 4.1%
Black 2.5%
Hispanic or Latino 2.0%
Two or more races 1.99%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%

Data Source: Hoosiers By the Numbers; U.S. Census Bureau (2010)

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Education Characteristics

Education Attainment

  High School + Bachelor's Degree +
Bloomington MSA 91% 54.8%

Data Source: Stats Indiana

Higher Education Enrollment

Institution Enrollment
Indiana University-Bloomington 42,000
Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington 6,500

Data Source: Stats Indiana

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Employment By Industry

Employment By Industry

Industry Bloomington MSA* Monroe County
Government 26,111 23,081
Health Care and Social Assistance 9,156* 9,156
Retail Trade 10,244 8,145
Accommodation and Food Services 7,942* 7,231
Manufacturing 9,362 6,990
Other Services 18,004* 4,409
Professional, Scientific, Technical Services 5,184 3,832
Construction 4,884 3,599
Wholesale Trade 1,883* 1,731
Information 1,646* 1,574
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 1,654* 1,545
Transportation and Warehousing 1,680 1,014

* These totals do not include county data which are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
Data Source:  Indiana Business Research Center, May 2011, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

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Income & Wages

2011 Bloomington MSA Average Yearly Salary = $38,110
2010 Bloomington MSA Per Capita Personal Income = $30,022
2010 Monroe County Median Family Income = $38,348

Data Source: Hoosiers By the Numbers

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Annual Unemployment Average

  2005 2006 2007 2009 2011
Bloomington MSA 5.2% 4.6% 4.1% 7.0% 6.9%
Monroe County 4.7% 4.3% 4.0% 6.3% 6.4%

Data Source: Stats Indiana; Bureau of Labor Statistics (*2007 rate in August)

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Building Permits Issued

  Single-Family Multi-Family
Bloomington MSA 196 67
Monroe County 194 67

Data Source: Stats Indiana (2010)

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Learning

Want a learning community? We've got one. Expansion Magazine called Bloomington "one of the best public school values." With one of the best education systems in the Midwest, Bloomington offers award-winning learning institutions from pre-school all the way to a higher education.

Highly trained, dedicated teachers are the key to a promising future for your children. It is these committed professionals that allow Bloomington to maintain award-winning schools at the primary and secondary level. With 16 elementary schools, nine private schools, three middle schools and five high schools, Bloomington has the resources and educational staff to ensure that your children receive the education they deserve.

Learn more about education in Bloomington:

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K-12 Education

In 2012, MCCSC earned the highest mark from IDOE with designation as an Indiana "A" School Corporation.

For a listing of area schools, educational programs and other information, visit any of our school systems (links open in new tabs/windows):

Bloomington New Tech High

New Tech High School (NTHS) is a public high school opening in fall 2008 in the MCCSC school district. NTHS is a project-based learning high school that features a smaller learning community (100 students per grade, total of 400 students maximum), a one-to-one student-computer ratio, a hands-on and collaborative learning environment and a relevant and rigorous 21st century curriculum. NTHS students will take advantage of the many opportunities presented by a rich higher education and business community by requiring students to complete 12 credit hours of higher education before graduation and to participate in internships.

Bloomington Early College

Bloomington Early College puts post-secondary education within reach of thousands of students every year. It is a specific kind of high school program designed to move students into college-level courses by their junior year in high school. The focus is a comprehensive series of courses that fit the CORE 40 requirements for high school graduation and related programs at Ivy Tech and Indiana University. The coursework includes the necessary math, technology and science classes to earn "dual-credit" toward both a high school diploma and a college degree. Qualified 21st Century Scholars do not pay college tuition.

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Local high schools offer students the opportunity to participate in this nationally acclaimed program designed to add rigor to traditional technical programs and relevance to traditional academics. PLTW's curricula make math and science relevant for students. By engaging in hands-on, real-world projects, students understand how the skills they are learning in the classroom can be applied in everyday life. MCCSC schools offer PLTW courses in engineering, engineering technology and biomedical fields. In fact, Bloomington science faculty has helped write the national curriculum for the biomedical program and serve as a pilot site.

The Arts

As the home of the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington schools benefit from a wealth of resources in the fine arts. From nationally recognized jazz programs at Bloomington High School North, exceptional show choirs like Sounds of South at Bloomington High School South and the Warehouse at Edgewood High School, to an enviable breadth in fine arts programming, Bloomington's students have opportunities often unavailable in elementary and secondary schools.

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Higher Education

In Bloomington, the associate, bachelor, MBA, Ph.D. or law degree you’ve always aspired to achieve is right at your fingertips. Our nationally ranked higher education institutions have an extended curriculum that can accommodate the educational and professional goals of any student.

Indiana University-Bloomington

Indiana University-Bloomington

Today, more than ever before, universities hold the key to ensuring our economic prosperity and quality of life. With 42,000 students on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus and 99,000 students on eight campuses across the state, Indiana University touches the lives of Hoosiers in thousands of ways.

  • Indiana University is one of the nation's top learning institutions. With 100 degree programs ranked among the nation's top 20 and more than a half a million alumni nationwide, Indiana University provides students with the skills and education they need to succeed in their chosen profession.
  • Indiana’s business community can tap into IU’s resources for assistance with business formation, strategic planning and acquisition of venture capital through IU’s new Office of Engagement.
  • Indiana University is one of the largest and most diverse public research institutions in the United States. IU researchers are finding new ways to fight and cure disease, protect the environment and understand the complexities of the university. IU's research activities contribute significantly to the intellectual, cultural, social and economic vitality of the state. Over the last five years, IU brought in $2.1 billion in sponsored research funds — more than all of Indiana’s public and private research universities combined.
  • IU campuses across the state enrich the lives of Indiana residents with cultural offerings ranging from art exhibits, theater, and dance to grand opera.

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington

Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington offers degrees, convenient class schedules and online course options to accommodate traditional and nontraditional students. The campus recently exceeded enrollment of 6,500 students and Ivy Tech - Bloomington was named by “Community College Week” as the third fastest-growing community college in the nation for its size.

Ivy Tech-Bloomington is a partner with Indiana University in ensuring that students can seamlessly continue their education. Students can now begin the first two years of a wide variety of degrees, including six Liberal Arts degrees at Ivy Tech and go on to finish their bachelor’s degrees at IU. Currently, more than 425 total credits transfer from Ivy Tech-Bloomington to IU.

Ivy Tech is committed to advancing life science initiatives in the Bloomington area. In an award-winning partnership, Ivy Tech-Bloomington and Monroe County Government have joined together to build the Indiana Center for the Life Sciences. This facility will accommodate the needs of local students and life science employees, and the Center will allow Ivy Tech to continue to fulfill workforce needs in the community.

Indiana Center for the Life Sciences

The Indiana Center for the Life Sciences represents a unique partnership between Monroe County Government, Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington and local bioscience companies. This state-of-the-art facility houses education and training programs to prepare individuals for careers in the life sciences industry.

Ivy Tech - Bloomington is committed to providing quality life science education in south central Indiana, and this facility allows the college to continue to fulfill workforce needs in the community.

The Indiana Center for Life Sciences is a state of the art facility that was designed to accommodate a various number of areas that include Industry training and academics. We provide Industry access to our facility, free of charge, for all training and meeting needs.  We can accommodate off-shift training as well as normal day shift training in our 5000 sq. ft. manufacturing training suite. Normal classroom space is also available for meetings. To reserve space at the Center, visit their website at http://www.ivytech.edu/bloomington/icls/.


Innovate Indiana

The Indiana University Life Sciences Initiative will strengthen IU existing life sciences effort. IU expects to spend $375.5 million on life sciences in the coming biennium. Already we are building valuable life sciences partnerships with Purdue, Notre Dame and other state universities, as well as the private sector. To learn more about the Indiana Life Sciences Initiative, visit: lifesciences.iu.edu.

Innovate Indiana is the name for Indiana University’s efforts to channel the university’s vast resources to strengthen the Hoosier economy. The Office of the Vice President for Engagement is the central point of contact for Innovate Indiana. To learn more about the Innovate Indiana initiative, visit: innovate.indiana.edu.

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Living in Bloomington

Climate

  • View Detailed Area Weather Facts at weather.com
  • Bloomington Average Temperatures

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    Travel Distances

    Travel Distances

    Located in the beautiful, rolling hills of south central Indiana, Bloomington is on the Interstate 69 corridor and 55 minutes south of the Indianapolis International Airport. Bloomington Shuttle Service provides nine convenient round trips per day to and from the airport.

    Bloomington is also home to the Monroe County Airport, one of Indiana’s finest corporate class airports with a 6,500-foot runway and 50,000 annual operations. Bloomington also provides excellent east and west access via State Highways 45 and 46.

    Distance to major metropolitan areas:

    1. Indianapolis: 47 miles
    2. Louisville: 77 miles
    3. Cincinnati: 108 miles
    4. Chicago: 194 miles
    5. Columbus, OH: 197 miles
    6. St. Louis: 203 miles
    7. Nashville, TN: 207 miles
    8. Detroit: 285 miles
    9. Cleveland: 301 miles

    Rail

    Indiana Railroad operates main lines. The nearest switching yard is 50 miles away in Indianapolis.

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    Health Care

    Local Hospitals

    Hospital Name Beds
    Bloomington Hospital 275
    Bloomington Meadows Hospital 38
    Monroe Hospital 32

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    Theater and Cultural Activities

    Theater and Cultural Activities

    • Lake Monroe
    • Lake Lemon
    • Monroe County History Center
    • WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
    • Wylie House Museum
    • Mathers Museum of World Culture
    • Art Galleries -16
    • Farmer's Market
    • Downtown Gallery Walks
    • Orchards and Farmers
    • Wineries and Brew Pubs
    • Bloomington Entertainment & Arts District

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    Annual Festivals and Events

    Multiple Dates Farmers Market
    Saturdays, May – October
    Downtown Gallery Walks
    First Friday, April, July, October & December
    January A Celebration of Handmade Holidays
    November -January
    February PRIDE: Bloomington’s GLBT Film Festival
    March Chocolate Festival
    Eagle Watch Weekend
    Winter Wine Festival
    Arts Week
    Theta Antique Show
    April Indiana Heritage Quilt Show
    Wylie House Heirloom Seed Sale
    Spring Wine Festival
    May Little 500 Weekend
    Business Expo
    BloomingPlays Festival
    June Bloomington Early Music Festival
    July Bloomington Garden Walk
    Art Fair on the Square
    Taste of Bloomington
    Limestone Symposium
    August Picnic with the Pops
    Monroe County Fair
    September Latino Summer Festival
    4th Street Festival of the Arts
    3rd and High Festival
    Lotus World Music and Arts Festival
    Bloomington Multi-Cultural Festival
    Soul Food Picnic
    Monroe County Fall Festival
    Hillbilly Haiku Americana Music Festival
    October Hilly Hundred Bicycle Weekend
    Bloomington Beer Festival
    November Canopy of Lights
    December Chimes of Christmas

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    Utilities Information

    Electricity: Duke Energy, 812.337.3015
    Water: City of Bloomington Utilities, 812.339.1444
    Cable TV/Internet: AT&T, 1.800.288.2020; Comcast, 1.800.266.2278; Smithville, 812.876.221
    Natural Gas: Vectren, 812.330.4044

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    Rankings and Accolades

    Selected area rankings and accolades:

    • The city of Bloomington has 38 park and trail sites on nearly 2,360 acres.
    • Bloomington is home to Indiana’s largest inland lake and only national forest.
    • Bloomington is ranked as the No. 1 "Small City for Medical Devices & Equipment" by Battelle/Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
    • National Geographic rated Bloomington among the top 100 "Most Adventurous Cities."
    • Forbes Magazine ranked Bloomington No. 16 on its list of "America’s Best Cities for Doing Business."
    • Inc. Magazine ranked Bloomington No. 19 in the country on its list of "America’s Best Cities for Doing Business," writing that, "not only is Indiana University the largest employer in town, its faculty and students helped spawn 60 tech-related start-ups."
    • Bloomington was listed at No. 8 on the list of "Top 10 Places to Live" from Men’s Journal Magazine. The magazine looked at 50 variables to find the "healthiest, sexiest, most fun and most affordable towns in the land."
    • Psychology Today ranked Bloomington No. 7 out of 25 of "America's Lowest Stress Cities," writing that, "there are many ways of comparing cities as good places to live. This rating uses the psychological well-being of their inhabitants, as measured by rates of alcoholism, crime, suicide and divorce."
    • Rand McNally, Retirement Places Rated ranked Bloomington No. 8 in the nation, writing that, the "university town has great services." Rank based on climate, money matters, personal safety, services and housing.

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    Establishing a life in Bloomington is as easy as living it. Take a step away from the stress of escalating housing costs and discover a variety of affordable housing options in Bloomington. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or a seasoned homeowner, Bloomington's strong and active housing market has homes for people of nearly all income levels.

    Come home to Bloomington! Visit the following resources for assistance with your move to Bloomington:

    Homefinder.org

    Homefinder.org — from the Bloomington Board of Realtors is the most complete source for real estate listings for Bloomington, Monroe County, Owen County, and South Central Indiana. The Homefinder MLS is your online guide for buying, selling, investing in real estate, or relocating to Bloomington, Indiana.

    To learn more about housing and neighborhoods within the City of Bloomington, visit the City's Housing & Neighborhoods portal.

    Get the support of private and public partnerships that work together with leaders in government, community and business to secure local, state and federal assistance to help you succeed in Bloomington.

    Grow your business in Bloomington with:

    To learn about incentives available for your project, please contact the BEDC.

    State Assistance

    Tax Credits

    Economic Development for a Growing Economy (EDGE): a refundable tax credit program that rewards companies creating jobs and contributing to the growth of Indiana's economy. EDGE credits are calculated as a percentage of payroll tax withholding for net new Indiana jobs. EDGE credits may be awarded for a period of up to 10 years. Learn more

    Hoosier Business Investment Tax Credit (HBI): This program encourages capital investment in Indiana by providing a credit against a company's Indiana tax liability. The credit amount is based on a company's qualified capital investment with the final credit amount determined by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, based on an analysis of the economic benefits of the proposed investment. Learn more

    Headquarters Relocation Tax Credit: When a business relocates its corporate headquarters (defined as the location of the principal office of the principal executives) to Indiana, it is entitled to a credit against its state tax liability equal to half of the costs incurred in relocating the headquarters. A company must have worldwide annual revenue of at least $100 million to qualify. Learn more

    Venture Capital Investment Tax Credit: The Venture Capital Investment Tax Credit was established to improve access to capital to fast-growing Indiana companies by providing individual and corporate investors an additional incentive to invest in early stage firms. Investors who provide qualified debt or equity capital to Indiana companies receive a credit against their Indiana income tax liability. Learn more

    Industrial Recovery Tax Credit: The Industrial Recovery tax credit provides an incentive for companies to invest in facilities requiring significant rehabilitation or remodeling expense. After a building has been designated as an industrial recovery site, companies may be eligible for a tax credit calculated as a percentage of qualified rehabilitation expense. Learn more

    R&D Tax Credit: The R&D tax credit provides a credit against state tax liability for qualified company research expenses. Learn more

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    Tax Exemptions

    Patent Income Exemption: Certain income dervied and earned from qualified patents by a taxpayer are exempt from taxation. Qualified patents include utility patents and plant patents.  Eligible taxpayers must be domiciled in Indiana and be an individual or corporation with not more than 500 employees. Learn more

    R&D Sales Tax Exemption: There is a 100 percent sales tax exemption for qualified research and development equipment and property purchased. Learn more

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    Workforce Training

    Skills Enhancement Fund: The Skills Enhancement Fund (SEF) provides financial assistance to businesses committed to training their workforce. Trainees must be Indiana residents. SEF reimburses eligible training expenses over a two-year term. Companies may reapply for additional SEF funds after their initial two-year term. Companies can receive reimbursement ? up to $200,000 ? for retraining existing workers. Supplemental grant awards may be available for training new employees. Learn more

    Technology Enhancement Certification for Hoosiers (TECH): The Technology Enhancement Certification for Hoosiers (TECH) Fund is a reimbursement grant program designed to help companies meet the demands of the new IT economy by increasing the number of certified information technology workers in Indiana. Learn more

    Training Acceleration Grant (TAG): TAG provides financial assistance to companies and organizations committed to expanding the skills of their existing workforce through training that result in a transferable and industry-recognized credential. The TAG may be awarded in amounts up to $200,000 for terms of two years or less. Learn more

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    Grants

    21st Century Research and Technology Fund: The Indiana 21st Century Research and Technology Fund was created to stimulate the process of diversifying the State's economy by developing and commercializing advanced technologies in Indiana. Learn more

    Industrial Development Grant Fund: This grant provides money to local governments for off-site infrastructure projects associated with an expansion of an existing Indiana company or the location of a new facility in Indiana. State funding through the IDGF program must be matched by a combination of local government and company financial support. Learn more

    Small Business Innovation Research Initiative: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and its sister program, the Small Business Technology Transfer program (STTR), are highly competitive and encourage small businesses to explore their technological potential. SBIR/STTR funding is available from 11 participating agencies throughout the United States and focuses on various technological areas. Learn more

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    Loans

    Tax-exempt Bonds: These debt instruments, often called Private Activity Bonds, Industrial Revenue Bonds or Industrial Development Bonds, are issued by state or local governmental entities for the benefit of a private company, usually manufacturers. Interest on the bonds is generally exempt from federal income taxes for investors, which typically results in lower long-term interest rates to the borrower. Learn more

    Capital Access Program: The Capital Access Program (CAP) is a small business credit enhancement program that creates a specific cash reserve fund for the lender to use as additional collateral for loans enrolled in the Program. CAP allows lenders to consider loans that might not meet conventional lending requirements. Learn more

     Foreign Trade Zone

    The FTZ program helps American companies improve their competitive position versus their counterparts abroad. The FTZ program allows U.S.-based companies to defer, reduce or even eliminate Customs duties on products admitted to the zone. Learn more

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    Local Assistance

    Community Revitalization Enhancement District (CRED): This program encourages capital investment and jobs creation within a Community Revitalization Enhancement District (CRED). The CRED allows the City of Bloomington to capture increased sales and income tax dollars, generated by new investment within the CRED, to use for economic development purposes. These revenues have been used for infrastructure improvements or to reimburse capital investments made by businesses developing within the CRED. A taxpayer who makes an qualified investment within the CRED is eligiable for a tax credit toward a taxpayer's state and local income tax liability. The credit is equal to 25 percent of the qualified investment made by the taxpayer. The City of Bloomington operates two of these districts, one in the downtown area and the other in a growing employment center. 

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    Tax Abatement

    The City of Bloomington and Monroe County have elected to provide tax abatement for both new and existing companies that are creating jobs, retaining jobs and making a new investment in real and/or personal property. Under state law, local governments have the option of granting tax abatement for up to 10 years. On average, tax abatement can provide nearly 50 percent savings from property taxes over the life of the abatement.

    Incentives within the Urban Enterprise Zone: View an enterprise zone map

    • Enterprise Zone Investment Deduction (EZID): The EZID is a 79 percent, 10-year deduction on the increased property taxes resulting from the increased property value within the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone (BUEZ) following a qualified investment.
    • Investment Cost Credit: An individual purchasing an ownership interest in a Zone business may be eligible to receive a tax credit of up to 30 percent of the purchase price.
    • Loan Interest Credit: A taxpayer may take a credit of 5 percent of the interest income received from a qualified loan made to a Zone business or resident. The loan must apply to purposes directly related to the business or increase the assessed value of real property in the Zone.

    Tax Increment Financing: Monroe County is home to some of the most successful Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts in Indiana. The City of Bloomington and Monroe County have invested millions on infrastructure improvements to help companies grow and create jobs. Exciting opportunities are on the horizon of Monroe County's newest TIF located at the corner of Highway 37 and Highway 46.

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    Resources


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    Property taxes in Indiana are administered at the local level. More than 99 percent of the revenue generated by property taxes remains in the community in which they are collected.  In Bloomington and Monroe County, you'll find some of the lowest property taxes in the United States. Locate your business here and reap the benefits of award-winning public services and a business friendly tax structure.

    Property Taxes

    Real and personal property tax is asessed at market value. Tax rates and exemptions vary among local jurisdictions, but are effectively capped at 3% for business property pursuant to state law.

     
    Township Personal/Real Property
    Net Rate
    Bean Blossom 1.6267%
    Stinesville 1.7598%
    Benton 1.3141%
    Bloomington 1.4872%
    Bloomington, Bloomington Twp. 2.0762%
    Clear Creek 1.3642%
    Indian Creek 1.2535%
    Perry 1.3328%
    Bloomington, Perry Twp. 2.0754%
    Polk 1.4173%
    Richland 1.6455%
    Bloomington, Richland Twp. 2.4191%
    Ellettsville, Richland Twp. 2.4241%
    Salt Creek 1.3602%
    Van Buren 1.5064%
    Bloomington, Van Buren Twp. 2.1105%
    Washington 1.1996%
    Ellettsville, Bean Blossom Twp. 2.4220%

    Individual Income Taxes

    City of Bloomington: NA
    Monroe County: 1.095 percent
    State of Indiana: 3.4 percent

    Corporate Adjusted Gross Income Tax

    Indiana's Corporate Adjusted Gross Income Tax is calculated at a flat percentage of the company's adjusted gross income attributable to the company's Indiana sales. The applied Corporate Income Tax rate beginning July 1, 2012 is 8.0% and will be reduced to 6.5% by 2015 through 0.5% per year reductions.

    Sales and Use Tax

    Indiana's Sales and Use Tax is calculated at a rate of 7%. 

    Gross Receipts and Inventory Tax

    Indiana has no gross receipts tax and no inventory tax.

    Airports

    Indianapolis International Airport

    Bloomington is only 47 miles (less than a one hour drive) from the Indianapolis International Airport (Airport Code: IND), which serves approximately 8.5 million passengers on 11 major airlines each year. Indianapolis International Airport is also one of the world's largest cargo airports (eighth in the United States, 21st worldwide).

    As of the first quarter of 2012, there were 135 daily departures to 34 nonstop destinations from Indianapolis International Airport (IND).
    For more information, visit www.indianapolisairport.com

    Nonstop destinations to/from Indianapolis:

    Atlanta (ATL)
    Baltimore (BWI)
    Boston (BOS)
    Cancun (CUN) * 
    Charlotte (CLT) 
    Chicago Midway (MDW) 
    Chicago O'Hare (ORD) 
    Cleveland (CLE)
    Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
    Denver (DEN) 
    Detroit (DTW) 
    Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) 
    Ft. Myers (RSW) 
    Houston Intercontinental (IAH) 
    Kansas City (MCI)
    Las Vegas (LAS)
    Los Angeles (LAX)

    Memphis (MEM) 
    Miami (MIA) 
    Minneapolis (MSP)
    New York (JFK)
    New York La Guardia (LGA)
    New York/Newark (EWR)
    Orlando (MCO)
    Philadelphia (PHL)
    Phoenix (PHX)
    Raleigh/Durham (RDU)
    Salt Lake City (SLC)
    Sarasota (SRQ) *
    Tampa (TPA)
    Toronto (YYZ)
    Washington Dulles (IAD)
    Washington National (DCA)

    For more information, visit www.indianapolisairport.com.

    Monroe County Airport

    Monroe County Airport (Airport Code: BMG) is a county-owned public-use airport located three miles southwest of Bloomington's central business district. Our community’s aviation facility provides convenient access for private, corporate, and chartered commercial aircraft operations.

    The airport’s 6,500 foot runway will easily accommodate your business needs, and with nearly 50,000 annual operations, local and transient businesses utilize the air traffic control services, precision instrument landing systems, automated weather services, and full service Fixed Base Operators. For more information, visit www.airnav.com/airport/BMG. For the 2012 AAI Economic Impact Study on Indiana airports, visit here.

    Rail

    The Indiana Rail Road Company is a Class 2 regional freight railroad operating on a 500-mile route structure of former Milwaukee Road and Illinois Central lines in Indiana and Illinois, including terminals at Chicago, Indianapolis, Terre Haute and Louisville.

    Annual car loadings approach 170,000 and include coal, petroleum products, plastics, ethanol, grain, aggregates, lumber, appliances and other mixed freight. For more information, visit www.inrd.com.

    Interstate Access

    Designated as one of six Corridors of the Future, I-69 will ultimately extend from Mexico to Canada-- making it the primary north-south artery for the movement of goods and services in the US. 

    I-69 is rapidly moving through construction. Sections 1 through 3 from Evansville to Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center are now open to traffic and Section 4 from Crane to Bloomington is slated to open by early 2015. At the peak of construction in 2011, I-69 was the longest contiguous new terrain interstate construction project in the U.S., putting Indiana in an enviable position to attract new jobs in a competitive global market place. 

    For more information on the I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis project, visit here.

    Navigable Inland Ports

    Indiana ranks 6th in U.S. waterborne shipping and 13th for foreign and domestic shipping with about 70 million tons of cargo per year. More than half of Indiana's border is water, which includes 400 miles of direct access to two major freight transportation arteries - the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway and the Inland Waterway System. The Ports of Indiana is self-funded enterprise that operates a system of three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan for the state of Indiana.

    Access to Indiana ports:

    • Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville: 100m

    • Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon: 168m

    • Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor: 210m

    For more information, visit www.portsofindiana.com.

    City of Bloomington Economic Development Areas

    Bloomington Economic Development Areas

    Bloomington Economic Development Areas

    Downtown Economic Development Areas

    Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD)

    Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone (BUEZ)

    Certified Technology Park (CTP)

    Community Revitalization and Enhancement Districts (CRED)

    Downtown CRED:

    Thomson CRED:

    Bloomington Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts

    Monroe County Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts

    Interactive Maps

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