Bloomington, Ill.

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Bloomington is a hub of activity surrounded by rolling green farmland. It ranks among the top college towns in arts and entertainment, with venues like the Castle Theatre, the Connie Link Amphitheatre, and several art studios. The home of Illinois State University also holds economic appeal to young, soon-to-be professionals with the fifth lowest youth unemployment. Warning: To get around in Bloomington, you will need a car.

#10 Bloomington, Ill.

POPULATION: 189,628
STUDENTS: 25,689
RANKING DETAIL:
#4 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#12 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#18 CITY ACCESS
#2 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#17 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#5 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#9 LABOR FORCE
#20 INNOVATION
#17 RENT

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