Is Bloomington actually divided into East and West? It depends on your perception.
East Bloomington does tend to be somewhat less affluent, more interracially diverse, and somewhat older and dated.
And real estate entrepreneurs, particularly in the 1960s and 1970s have been touting West Bloomington as more prestigious, but many people say that the divide is more of a state of mind rather than a clear division between the two.
As noted earlier, all of Bloomington has 68 percent of its housing market made in the 1950s and 1960s. That said, you will tend to find much fewer modern, updated homes in East Bloomington.
In addition, yards maybe a little smaller as well.
Take a look at any real estate page and you will tend to see more homes with extensive acreage in West Bloomington than in East Bloomington.
The homes, at least the ones currently visible for sale, are definitely cheaper in East Bloomington, and although still modern looking, they have a more mature, MidWest look and feel. On the same website, one real estate company had any number of homes in West Bloomington for sale at $500,000 or more, with some approaching even $800,000.
In East Bloomington however, the most expensive house was $400,000, and there were many homes for around $175,000 to $220,000.
Since the average home in Minnesota is around $307,000, homes in East Bloomington are more aligned with the average.
In addition, local real estate websites show a significant number of smaller townhouses and condos, something you see much less of in West Bloomington.
West Bloomington is fundamentally much more residential than East Bloomington, and most people agree that East Bloomington looks more congested and commercial, especially compared to Normingdale Lake. As a consequence, although there are no authoritative figures to support it, West Bloomington is much more of a commuter location than East Bloomington.
Since East Bloomington is significantly more crowded, one way of describing the two, although City Officials discourage it, is that East Bloomington is more like Minneapolis as a whole, a joyful mix of all races and professions, while West Bloomington is more suburban.
East Bloomington may be described as more commercial and noisier. But residents seem to like it that way, so very few are envious of their more affluent West-side neighbors.
All in all, East Bloomington residents tend to be those that like to nest rather than continually shift to be upwardly mobile, and most sd would describe their living conditions as quite high.
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