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Bloomington’s quality of life, drinking water earn praise in poll

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Bloomington Briefing Published August 31, 2021
Updated on September 13, 2021
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Nine in ten residents rated the overall quality of life in Bloomington as excellent or good, according to The National Community Survey™ completed this summer. Ninety-one percent of respondents are pleased with the city as a place to live. 

Safety-related ratings are strong

Virtually all respondents (96%) reported feeling safe in their neighborhoods; 88% feel safe in Bloomington’s shopping areas. A total of 88% of residents gave excellent or good scores to police services. Fire services received a score of 97%, up 5% from 2020.

Drinking water draws acclaim

Respondents gushed with praise for Bloomington’s drinking water. This year’s approval rating of 93% was the highest ever since the survey began in 2012. The City’s drinking water ranked #2 among the nearly 300 cities and counties polled nationwide. 

Other findings
  • With an 85% approval rating, snow removal ranked in the top 5% nationwide.
  • Eighty-eight percent of respondents rated the overall customer service provided by City employees as excellent or good, the highest rating ever in this category.
  • About two-thirds of respondents gave positive scores to the sense of community in Bloomington.

This was the 10th year in a row that the National Community Survey™ was conducted Bloomington. A total of 732 residents answered the random sample poll, which was performed between April 20 and June 8, 2021, by the National Research Center of Boulder, Colorado.

For more information and complete survey results, visit