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Old 03-04-2009, 03:18 PM
 
Location: California
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hi, I'v read a lot of good things about Bloomington. my wife and I are thinking of relocating. we want to buy a home which we can do in Bloomington, plus the school system is good, taxes are low, traffic I'm told is not an issue. I'm curious if there are any other Californians who took the plunge into Bloomington, and I would like to hear about your experience in regards to coming from CA. Actually anyone feel free to respond if you moved to Bloomington from a much larger metropolitan area, for example Boston, Austin, San Francisco. Thanks in advance for your input.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Bloomington IN
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Do the Chicago suburbs count as a larger metro area??? We moved here from there. Yes, all the things you mentioned are true. Bloomington has lots of "big city" ammenities without the big city atmosphere: ethinic restaurants, great opera and ballet, theatre, an art musuem, sports, etc. Of course most of it is on a smaller scale.

The biggest adjustment was the slower, quieter pace of life, but that was one of the things that drew us here. Shopping for clothing and household goods is still an issue for me, but I generally will head up to Indianapolis for those kinds of things. The variety of options I was used to doesn't exist here.

One of my neighbors moved here from CA. She loves it here and has no plans to move back to CA (even though the grandkids are there) when her husband retires.
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Old 03-05-2009, 06:59 AM
 
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There is a whole thread on Californians who made the move to IN Here:

https://www.city-data.com/forum/india...a-indiana.html

(Warning it's a loooong thread. My reply is on page 7)

My post is related to small, more conservative, towns. Bloomington is a bit larger and definitely has that college town vibe. I lived in Austin for many years and it does remind me of a small Austin (with four seasons! ).

Good luck.
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