Demographics and census information
- 2010 General population and housing characteristics
- Community Profile prepared by the Metropolitan Council
2010 Census data
The information has been compiled using data primarily from the 2010 census, with comparisons to 2000 in some cases.
|Occupied Housing Units (Households)||35,905||36,400||(495)||-1.4%|
|Vacant Housing Units||1,736||704||1,032||146.6%|
|Housing Vacancy Rate||4.6%||1.9%||NA||NA|
|Population in Group Quarters||991||1,326||(335)||-25.3%|
|Average Household Size||2.28||2.30||(0.02)||-0.9%|
|Population in Households||81,902||83,846||(1,944)||-2.3%|
The demographic data provided on this page reflects the tracts and block groups used by the Census Bureau. For the 2010 census, Bloomington was divided into 21 census tracts and 75 block groups. The 2000 Census used the same 21 tracts but included 77 block groups.
The 2010 Census has called attention to the continued aging of the population at the local, state, and national levels. Policy makers must consider current and future age data when designing public services including recreational offerings, housing programs, transit services and many others.
In comparison with the rest of the metropolitan area, Bloomington has a relatively mature population.
- Population under 18 in Bloomington
- Population under 18 in the seven-county metro area - 2010
- Population under 18, change in Bloomington - 2000 to 2010
- Median age in Bloomington - 2010
- Median age in the seven-county metro area - 2010
- Median age, change in Bloomington - 2000 to 2010
- High school graduates in Bloomington - 2010
- High school graduates in the seven-county metro area - 2010
Household and family size
In the 1950s and 1960s, when Bloomington saw the bulk of its population growth, a high percentage of new housing units were purchased by families with young children. Average household size in 1960 was 4.2 people per household, falling to 2.28 people per household in 2010.
Changes in average household size have had a strong impact on the public school system. In the 1960s, Bloomington school enrollment peaked at 25,000 students. In 2010, there were around 10,800 students in Bloomington public schools.
- Average household size in Bloomington - 2010
- Average household size in the seven-county metro - 2010
- Average household size, change in Bloomington - 2000 to 2010
Changes in values and rent levels often reflect the construction of new units within a neighborhood. Inflation-adjusted maps are offered to show changes in rent and house values in real dollars.
- Multifamily housing in Bloomington - 2010 - The American Community Survey tracks housing type by the number of units in a structure. In this file, "multifamily housing" refers to units that have more than two units per structure.
- Rental housing in Bloomington - 2010
- Rental housing in the seven-county metro area - 2010
- Rental housing, change in Bloomington 2000 to 2010
- Gross rent in Bloomington - 2010
- Median gross rent in Bloomington - 2010
- Median gross rent in the seven-county metro area
- House value distribution in Bloomington - 2010
- Median house value in Bloomington - 2010
- Median house value in the seven-county metro area - 2010
- Length of residence: Percentage of housing moved into prior to 1969
- Length of residence: Percentage of housing moved into prior to 1980
- Length of residence: Percentage of housing moved into prior to 1990
These links provide data on median incomes, poverty and high-income households. Inflation-adjusted maps show how income has changed with respect to purchasing power.
- Household income distribution for Bloomington - 2010
- Median household income in Bloomington - 2010
Median household income in the seven-county metro area
- Poverty in Bloomington - 2010
Poverty in the seven-county metro area
- High-income houses in Bloomington - 2010
- High-income houses in the seven-county metro area
From 2000 to 2010, Bloomington's population decreased by 2.68%, a reflection of smaller average household sizes and an increase in vacant housing units. Households decreased by 1.36%, a reflection of a higher vacancy rate than in 2000. Employment decreased by 12.76%, a reflection of the economic recession and increased commercial vacancy rates.
- Population, households and employment in Bloomington - 1950-2000
- Population, households and employment, change in Bloomington - 2000 to 2010
The most recent certified population levels for Bloomington (prepared by the Metropolitan Council in July 2012 for per capita state aid and fiscal disparities distributions) are:
- Population: 83,671
- Housing units: 37,831
- Households (occupied housing units): 36,256
- Population in group quarters: 1,190
- Average people per household: 2.75
Citywide racial distribution data can be found in Bloomington's Profile of General Demographic Characteristics .
These links describe Bloomington's use of public transportation for trips to and from work. Neighborhoods' use of transit is difficult to compare since service levels vary considerably from neighborhood to neighborhood.
Links for further census information
- American Fact Finder
The U.S. Census Bureau's portal to 2000 and 2010 census data and maps. An excellent resource for most census related questions.
- U.S. Census Bureau
Further census related information.
- MetroGIS Data Finder
Good resource for demographic and geographic information in Minnesota.
- State of Minnesota Census 2010 page