Community Profile

The City assembles government facts and figures that describe the community. The following information has been compiled from a variety of sources to portray the status of our community. Visit our external links to discover other aspects of Bloomington covered by other web pages.


2010 Statistical summary

Total Population 82,893
Median Age (2010) 42.7
Square Miles 38.3
Acres 24,540
Total Housing Units 37,641
Average Persons Per Household (not including persons in group quarters) 2.28
School Enrollment (2011-12) 10,313
Employment (2011 avg.) 87,854
Median Household Income (2010 5-year estimate) $59,458
Registered Voters (2012) 59,332
Percentage Voting (2012) 86.70%

 

2000 Statistical summary

Total Population 85,172
Median Age (2000) 40.1
Square Miles 38.3
Acres 24,540
Total Housing Units 37,104
Average Persons Per Household (not including persons in group quarters) 2.30
School Enrollment (2002-03) 10,584
Employment (2000 avg.) 106,993
Median Household Income (1999) $54,628
Registered Voters (1998) 53,623
Percentage Voting (1998) 77.8%

Sources: 2010 and 2000 U.S. Census, Independent School District #271, City of Bloomington, Minnesota Department of Economic Security

Location

Bloomington is located in southern Hennepin County. From west to east, the cities of Edina and Richfield and the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport form the northern border of the city, Eden Prairie lies to the west. The southern and eastern portion of Bloomington is bordered by the Minnesota River and cities of Savage, Burnsville and Eagan.

Form of government

A City Charter was adopted in November 1960 and serves as the basis for operation, utilizing the Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is comprised of six councilmembers and the mayor. Four councilmembers are elected by district; two councilmembers and the mayor are elected at large. Councilmembers and the mayor serve four-year terms. The City of Bloomington employs 569 people. The City Council's decision making process is aided by seven advisory commissions: Planning, Traffic and Transportation; Health; Parks, Arts and Recreation; Human Rights; Charter; and Merit Board.

Local government services

  • Fire protection. Bloomington has one of the largest volunteer fire departments in the country with 135 firefighters. They provide excellent fire protection that has resulted in a Class 3 fire rating. The department operates six fire stations and utilizes the latest in fire fighting equipment. A total of 30 fire fighting vehicles includes ladder and specialty units. The average response time is 4.1 minutes. Both fire and police vehicles have opticom equipment which automatically switches traffic signals to expedite emergency runs. See also Fire Department.
  • Police protection. Public safety is protected by Bloomington's 110 officer police force. Supporting the officers in squad cars during their round-the-clock patrol is a computer-assisted dispatching center with a state-of-the-art, trunked, 800 megahertz radio system. Squad cars are equipped with mobile digital terminals, allowing officers direct access to warrant information and state motor vehicle and drivers license records. Ability to respond to unusual events is enhanced by three canine teams, a fully equipped bomb squad, and highly trained SWAT team. Supporting all this is a computerized records system. See also Police Department.
  • Bloomington Public Health Division
  • City and Regional Parks and Playgrounds (2,116 acres)
  • Dwan Golf Club
  • Hyland Greens Golf and Learning Center
  • Ice arena
  • Human Services
  • Cable television programming

Other service providers

Service Provider General Information
Telephone CenturyLink 800-491-0118
Electricity Xcel Energy 800-895-4999
Natural Gas Center Point Energy 612-372-4727
Water City of Bloomington 952-563-8777
Sewage Collection City of Bloomington 952-563-8777

Updated: April 2013

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