Climate and Weather
In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Bloomington have ranged from a low of 14 °F (−10 °C) in January to a high of 86 °F(30 °C) in July, although a record low of −23 °F (−31 °C) was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of 103 °F (39 °C) was recorded in June 1988. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 1.71 inches (43 mm) in February to 4.52 inches (115 mm) in May.
The racial makeup of the city was 84.92% White, 8.64% African American, 0.18% Native American, 3.02% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.42% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.32% of the population.
The median income for a household in the city was $56,496, and the median income for a family was $71,093. Males had a median income of $51,736 versus $30,077 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,751. About 4.3% of families 7.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over. (as of 2000). # | Employer | # of Employees | 1 | State Farm Insurance | 14,450 | 2 | Illinois State University | 3,259 | 3 | Country Financial | 2,084 | 4 | Unit 5 School District | 1,826 | 5 | Advocate Bromenn Medical Center | 1,522 | 6 | Mitsubishi Motor Manufacturing of America | 1,278 | 7 | OSF St. Joseph Medical Center | 1,140 | 8 | Afni | 900 | 9 | McLean County | 806 | 10 | City of Bloomington | 743 | 11 | Bloomington School District 87 | 691 | 12 | Growmark | 528 | 13 | Illinois Wesleyan University | 468 |
Bloomington is serviced by passenger rail, bus service, and several airlines. * Amtrak, from its Bloomington-Normal station, operates five trains in each direction between St. Louis and Chicago each day. The station also serves connecting bus service to Peoria and Amtrak stations in Galesburg and Champaign/Urbana. It is the second busiest Amtrak station in the state of Illinois after Chicago, servicing more than 209,000 passengers in fiscal year 2010. * Greyhound Lines provides service to/from Chicago and St. Louis. Burlington Trailways offers service from the Amtrak station and the Greyhound station to/from Peoria, Quad Cities, Illinois/Iowa, Champaign, and Indianapolis * The Central Illinois Regional Airport is located on Route 9. The airport is currently served by three airlines (Delta, AirTran and American Eagle Airlines (listed in order of market share), five rental car agencies, and has direct daily flights to Atlanta (Delta/Airtran), Chicago (American Eagle),Dallas-Ft. Worth (American Eagle), Detroit (Delta), and Minneapolis/St. Paul (Delta), Orlando (Airtran). Additional seasonal service has included flights to Fort Myers Florida and Las Vegas Nevada with AirTran. A record 559,481 passengers flew to or from CIRA in 2010. * Connect Transit has 11 color-coded fixed routes in the area; a lift-assisted paratransit service called NiteRide, which operates when Illinois State University is in session; and a campus shuttle for ISU called Redbird Express.
Bloomington is served by two public school districts. The interior of the city is served by (Illinois special charter) District 87, which operates one high school, Bloomington High School, one junior high school, Bloomington Junior High School, and numerous elementary schools (including Oakland, Washington, Bent, Irving, and Stevenson elementary schools).
Growth has taken the city well into the boundaries of a second district, McLean County Unit District Five. Although Unit Five originally served only suburban areas, including Normal, the…