The dividing line between West Bloomington and East Bloomington is I-35. So naturally, West Bloomington is on the Western side of the dividing line.
Besides the Mall of America and several amusement places nearby, is the very tranquil Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses 2400 acres of pristine wetlands on the West bank of the Minnesota River.
Homes in West Bloomington range in value from around $180,000 to around $500,000.
According to the city of Bloomington assessment report, only around 11 percent of the homes in West Bloomington were built in the 80s and 90s. with 68 percent of the homes being built in the 50s or 60s. So West Bloomington, despite a very modern commercial front, is at heart a very mature community as well.
West Bloomington, despite being a diverse community of ethnicities (despite Minnesota as a whole being 84 percent white, the ratio drops to 75 percent white in all of Bloomington) the city has one of the highest rates of education in the nation.
In demographics such as education, it is impossible to divide Bloomington into West and East Bloomington, but 92 percent of Bloomington residents are high school graduates, 4 percent are attending university, and a whopping 42 percent are college graduates, whereas the average college graduation rate across the U.S. is a mere 35 percent.
The median household income in Bloomington as a whole is $75,000 per year, whereas the median household income in the U.S. is around $7,000 less.
Due to the more commercial and developed businesses in West Bloomington, it is assumed that overall income is higher in West Bloomington and that residents are more affluent.
Only around 10 percent of Bloomington residents are engaged in manufacturing or blue-collar trades such as construction.
The majority of the residents in Bloomington, and in particular West Bloomington residents are employed in white-collar jobs such as education, finance, or professional or Scientific and technical services, or healthcare.
For most people, living in West Bloomington requires only a short commute, or at worst, a commute to other suburbs, thus residents find West Bloomington a very livable city.
West Bloomington does have a somewhat higher crime rate than is desired, but the vast majority of the crimes reported are simple burglaries and theft.
However, with the high mix of quality jobs, good schools, and a convenient commute to most places in the Twin Cities, including the airport, which is only a hop and skip away, West Bloomington is a very attractive place to live.
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