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100 Important Things To Know About Bloomington

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This article aims to be a list of the 100 most important things that someone would need to know who plans on living in Bloomington.

  1. Indiana University is a core part of Bloomington and its culture. This is the main campus in the Indiana University System.
  2. If you drive, be mindful of all the one-way streets.
  3. There is a famous bike race in April called The Little 500. It's featured in the movie Breaking Away.
  4. Cook, the largest private medical company in the world, is headquartered in Bloomington. It is owned by Bill Cook, who is the richest person in Indiana.
  5. Bloomington has a history of being liberal.
  6. Famous Residents born and raised in Bloomington include violinist Joshua Bell and composer Hoagy Carmichael
  7. Other natives of note include singer John Mellencamp and author Meg Cabot.
  8. IU holds 5 national championship basketball titles. It is a very important sport here and people get "Hoosier Hysteria"
  9. Lake Monroe, a man-made reservoir just south-east of Bloomington, is the largest lake in Indiana.
  10. The Kinsey Institute for sexual research was established in 1947.
  11. Bloomington is considered to have the largest gay population in the United States by percentage of the population. (Citation? Highest I can locate is fifth[1] in a tertiary (or worse) reference.)
  12. Bloomington is the home away from home for the Dalai Lama. He's bopped in to chill with his big bro' in 1987, 1996, 1999, 2003, and 2007[2].
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