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Old 11-21-2015, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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It's obvious most people here aren't familiar with Bloomington. Madison is a great town, don't get me wrong, but Bloomington is very comparable to Madison and Ann Arbor. It's a progressive oasis in an otherwise very conservative state.
At least in my experience, I've never found Bloomington comparable to Madison, and certainly not Indiana comparable to Wisconsin in the political arena, especially considered historically. Bloomington is only home to the flagship university and has neither the size not vibrancy that Madison has being also a state capital.
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Old 11-21-2015, 04:38 PM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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At least in my experience, I've never found Bloomington comparable to Madison, and certainly not Indiana comparable to Wisconsin in the political arena, especially considered historically. Bloomington is only home to the flagship university and has neither the size not vibrancy that Madison has being also a state capital.
But is that significant to the OP? It seemed like affordability was the largest factor. Bloomington is actually one of the more expensive areas in IN, but is still cheap compared to Madison. You may not think Bloomington is comparable to Madison but I would beg to differ with you if you don't think Bloomington checks all of the OP's boxes.
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Old 11-21-2015, 05:23 PM
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Location: Springfield, Ohio
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At least in my experience, I've never found Bloomington comparable to Madison, and certainly not Indiana comparable to Wisconsin in the political arena, especially considered historically. Bloomington is only home to the flagship university and has neither the size not vibrancy that Madison has being also a state capital.
I'm speaking culturally, not in size/structure.
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Old 11-21-2015, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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Definitely SW Wisconsin. One of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.
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Old 11-21-2015, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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But is that significant to the OP? It seemed like affordability was the largest factor. Bloomington is actually one of the more expensive areas in IN, but is still cheap compared to Madison. You may not think Bloomington is comparable to Madison but I would beg to differ with you if you don't think Bloomington checks all of the OP's boxes.
It was merely a response to the previously quoted post equating Madison and Bloomington, which aren't exactly comparable in my opinion, and I think a lot of others would agree. If affordability is the number one priority, then yes, Bloomington is more affordable than Madison. However, the OP listed many criteria, and most people on this thread agreed Madison excels over Bloomington in those aspects. I also suggested many small towns in SW Wisconsin that are extremely affordable.
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Old 11-22-2015, 02:53 PM
 
Location: IN
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As someone who had to move to Indiana due to employment reasons, I still prefer Madison region all day over Indy, Bloomington, Louisville, NW Indiana etc. The Upper Midwest just has a better overall quality of life and things in general function at a somewhat higher level there overall.
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