Bloomington is the fourth largest city in the State of Minnesota. It is located in Hennepin County on the north bank of the Minnesota River, above its confluence with the Mississippi River. Bloomington lies 10 miles (16 km) south of Minneapolis. The city's population is 86,314, according to the 2014 United States Census estimates.
Established as a post-World War II housing boom suburb connected to the urban street grid of Minneapolis and serviced by two major freeways, Interstate 35W and Interstate 494. Bloomington's residential areas include upper-tier households in the western Bush Lake area and traditional middle-class families in its rows of single-family homes in the central to eastern portions. Large-scale commercial development is concentrated along the Interstate 494 corridor. Besides an extensive city park system, with over 1,000 square feet (93 m2) of parkland per capita, Bloomington is also home to Hyland Lake Park Reserve in the west and Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge in the southeast.
Bloomington has more jobs per capita than either Minneapolis or Saint Paul, due to the United States' largest enclosed shopping center, the Mall of America. The headquarters of Ceridian, Donaldson Company, HealthPartners and Toro, and major operations of Express Scripts, Seagate Technologies and Wells Fargo Bank are also based in the city.
ISD 271 has served the K–12 education of the city since the 1960s. 15 public schools in Bloomington are operated by the district.
The two high schools are John F. Kennedy High School in the east and Thomas Jefferson High School in the west. The determining boundary for high school attendance runs near the center of Bloomington on France and Xerxes Avenues, though both schools have open enrollment.
|Public schools in Bloomington|
|Elementary schools||Middle schools||High schools|
|Indian Mounds||Olson||John F. Kennedy|
|Hillcrest Community||Oak Grove||Thomas Jefferson|
|Normandale Hills||Valley View|
|Seven Hills Classical Academy|
Bloomington's third high school, Abraham Lincoln High School (originally Bloomington High School), was closed in 1982 and was sold to the Control Data Corporation in the mid-1980s. Bloomington Stadium, located next to the former high school, is still used by both Kennedy High School and Jefferson High School for home football, lacrosse and soccergames.
- Bloomington Lutheran School is a K–8 Christian school that is associated with the WELS. The school is located near Bloomington Ferry Road and Old Shakopee Road.
- Nativity of Mary School is located on Lyndale Avenue. It is associated with the Nativity of Mary Catholic Church and community.
- Bethany Academy provides K–12 Christian Education. Located just west of France Avenue on 98th Street. It is interdenominational with representation of over 60 different Christian Churches.
- Normandale Community College is a two-year college, with about 18,000 full and part-time students. It is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system.
- Northwestern Health Sciences University focuses on natural health care and patient research, in the areas of chiropractic, acupuncture, oriental medicine, and massage.
- Bethany Global University is a small Christian school focused on missionary preparation.
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