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Prices and availability in Bloomington, MN were last updated on 16 May 2022.
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The average rent in Bloomington, MN is $1,530. Start your search for apartments in Bloomington, MN now.
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The price range for a studio apartment in Bloomington, MN is between $987 and $5,008. View all studio apartments in Bloomington, MN.
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The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bloomington, MN is between $813 and $3,645. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Bloomington, MN now.
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The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Bloomington, MN is between $975 and $5,008. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Bloomington, MN.
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The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Bloomington, MN is between $1,090 and $4,059. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Bloomington, MN.
Renter's guide to Bloomington, MN
Located in Hennepin County, Minnesota, the city of Bloomington is a suburb of Minneapolis. Home to the world’s largest covered mall, the Mall of America, the city is known for its blend of parks and more urban amenities. A great location makes it the 6th best suburb in Minnesota for young professionals. It also ranks as the 15th most diverse suburb, and the 16th best to retire to.
With a population of 85,417, Bloomington is the 5th largest city in the state, covering an area of 38.4 sq. miles. It’s more than twice as big as neighboring Edina, and larger still compared to other surrounding suburbs. It’s around 5 times smaller than Minneapolis proper in terms of population, but only 1.5 times smaller in terms of area. This results in a lower population density, and a less urban feel.
Downtown Minneapolis is just 10-miles (15 minutes’ drive) north of Bloomington, and easily accessed via Interstate 35W, which runs straight through the center of the city. Taking the same highway south will eventually take you to Kansas City, which is around 430 miles away. Interstate 494 runs east to west, and forms the city’s north border, making travel in all directions quick and easy.
Bloomington’s climate features warm, damp summers and cold, snowy winters. Summer highs average out at around 83°F in July, while January lows typically hit around 4°F. With an average of 199 sunny days per year, the city is just under the national average of 205, and residents can expect some kind of precipitation 112 days a year. Throughout the year there’s typically 31 inches of rain, with May through August seeing around 4 inches per month. Finally, an average of 52 inches of snow will fall per year, starting in October and slowing down in April, with December seeing the highest levels.
Bloomington, MN Demographics
- Total Population85,332
Female 41,735Male 43,597
- Median Age41.6
Bloomington, MN has a population of 85,332 according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. 43,597 of Bloomington’s residents are women and 41,735 are men. The median age of those who live in Bloomington, MN is 41.6.
Cost of Living in Bloomington, MN
Public transit in Bloomington is provided by MetroTransit, who runs a number of bus services, as well as a light-rail service. The light-rail Blue Line terminates at the Mall of America, and runs north directly to downtown Minneapolis, with journey times taking around 45 minutes. A one-way fare costs $2 normally, or $2.50 during rush hour. A variety of passes and cards exist, which are often available through a company, school, college, or other. MetroPass is the best for commuters, costing $83 per month, and offering unlimited travel on all light-rail and bus services.
If you drive a private vehicle, you can expect to pay around $2.61 per gallon of gasoline. Local taxi services typically start at $5, plus $2.50 per mile. When eating out, a meal at an inexpensive restaurant will normally cost around $15. A 3-course meal for 2 at a mid-range restaurant can cost anywhere between $50 and $80, plus drinks, with a pint of beer generally $6, and a regular coffee $4.20.
In terms of monthly utilities, for a 915 sq. ft apartment, expect to pay around $150 for the basics such as water, electricity, heating, and garbage disposal. To hook yourself up to the internet, it’s normally an additional $56.
Average Rent in Bloomington, MN
- Bloomington, MN Average Rental Price, April 2022 $1,530 /mo
The average monthly rent of apartments in Bloomington, MN is $1,530.
Bloomington, MN Apartment Rent Ranges
About 35% of apartment rents in Bloomington, MN range between $1,501-$2,000. Meanwhile, apartments priced over > $2,000 represent 11% of apartments. Around 50% of Bloomington’s apartments are in the $1,001-$1,500 price range. 4% of apartments are priced between $701-$1,000.
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Compared to the national average rent of $1,628, the average rent in Bloomington, MN is $1,530.
Living in Bloomington, MN
Despite being among the largest cities in the state, Bloomington is well spaced out, and offers residents a wealth of parks and green spaces to enjoy. It provides the main amenities of the city, while feeling a million miles away from big city life. Many residential neighborhoods feature a mix of single-family homes, town houses, and apartment complexes. The location is a major plus in terms of quick and easy travel, with the Minneapolis-Saint Pauls International Airport on the doorstep.
The downsides are mostly due to congestion during rush hours, with traffic around the airport being hit particularly hard. The long winters and cold weather are another turn-off for some, with winters typically lasting 5 months or so, though spring, summer, and fall all have their own merits. Younger adults may find that the nightlife is somewhat lacking.
Things to do in Bloomington, MN
With over 100 parks, miles of hiking trails, and acres of green space, Bloomington is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Dog walkers and their 4-legged friends will love the 25-acre, off-leash Bloomington Dog Park, featuring a large fenced off grassy area, hills, restrooms, and a pond, plus trails to explore. Hyland Lake Park Reserve and Recreation Center is great for everyone, and features playgrounds, picnic areas, trails, sports facilities, skiing zones, fishing, canoeing. Within the park you’ll find Bush Lake Beach, a superb place to spend the day with friends or family.
For shopping, the Mall of America stands out, and you will find pretty much everything you need. The MOA is home to a huge variety of shops, from big box stores, to high-end boutiques. Hundreds of restaurants ensure there’s always something new to try, while numerous bars will keep your spirits up after a long day of shopping. The mall is also home to 2 movie theaters, various attractions such as Sea Life, FlyOver America, and Escape the Room. Just outside the mall, you’ll also find the only IKEA in the state.
If the hustle and bustle of the mall isn’t for you, the rest of the city offers smaller shopper venues. The Bloomington Farmers market is open every Saturday morning, offering a huge range of locally grown produce, plus arts, crafts, and other goodies.
There are also several cultural experiences to enjoy in the city. Artistry is an arts center that features 2 theaters showcasing regular performances, galleries, and art classrooms. There are also regular festivals and events, including the Bloomington Cultural Festival, featuring live concerts, performances, and art exhibitions.
Bloomington, MN employment & economy
With a median household income of $70,512, Bloomington ranks higher than state and national averages. The most common industry in the city is health care and social assistance, which employs 13.8% of the workforce. Retail trade is another common industry, employing 12.2%, while manufacturing employs 11.4%. Management of companies & enterprises is the highest paying industry, and compared to other places, almost three times more Bloomington residents are employed in this sector.
The most common jobs are office & administrative support occupations, sales & related occupations, and management occupations. The highest paid residents work in legal occupations.
Bloomington, MN Households
- Total Number of Households35,494
Family 21,376Non-family 14,118
Children 9,096No Children 26,398
- Average People Per Household2.38
- Median Household Income$75,130
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$1,231
According to U.S. Census data, there are 35,494 households in Bloomington, MN. 21,376 are family households and 14,118 are non-family households. There are 9,096 households with children in Bloomington and 26,398 households without children. On average, about 2.38 people live in a household in Bloomington, MN. The median income of a Bloomington household living in Bloomington is $75,130 per year. The median housing costs per month are $1,231.
Education in Bloomington, MN
The Bloomington Public School District (ISD 271) serves the city, with 10 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, and 2 high schools. Jefferson Senior High is the top rated high school, performing well above average in terms of test scores and college readiness. It ranks as the 19th best public college prep school in Minnesota, the 28th best for STEM, and the 38th best public high school in the state. Seven Hills Preparatory Academy is the top-rated middle and elementary school, accepting grades K through 8. It ranks #8 in best charter elementary schools in Minnesota, and the 43rd best public elementary school in the state.
In terms of higher education Normandale Community College is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system and offers a wide range of degree and certificate programs.
Bloomington, MN Education Statistics
The level of education of the population of Bloomington, MN is as follows: 3% have no high school education, 24% completed some high school, 26% partially completed college, 9% have an Associate Degree, 26% have a Bachelor Degree, and 11% have a Graduate Degree.
Tips for renting in Bloomington, MN
There are several job opportunities within Bloomington, with many openings at the Mall of America, making it relatively easy to find part-time employment while studying or seeking something longer-term. A move to Bloomington is great for those looking to ditch the car and lower their carbon footprint. The city has a well-established cycle and pedestrian network, plus many public transit options, allowing you to get around easily.
Locals tend to divide the city into east and west, using Interstate 35W as the dividing line. You’ll find more modern housing stock in West Bloomington, which is largely residential, and home to a variety of apartment complexes to suit a range of budgets, as well as townhouses and single family homes. East Bloomington is more industrial, and is home to the Mall of America, manufacturing plants, but also a number of residential neighborhoods. Properties in this area tend to be older and cheaper.
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