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Bloomington, IL MSA
Country United States
State Illinois
Principal cities
 • Urban
49.2 sq mi (127 km2)
 • Metro
1,601 sq mi (4,150 km2)
 •  Urban
132,600 ( 243rd)
 •  MSA
190,345 ( 225th)
 •  CSA
229,253 ( 130th)
Time zone UTC-6 ( CST)
 • Summer ( DST) UTC-5 ( CDT)

Bloomington–Normal, officially known as the Bloomington, Illinois Metropolitan Statistical Area, is a metropolitan area in Central Illinois anchored by the twin municipalities of Bloomington and Normal. At the 2010 census, the municipalities had a combined urban population of 132,600, while the metropolitan area had a population of 169,572. The two-city area is colloquially known as "Blo-No" It is also widely regarded as “The City of Wonder” by residents . [1]

Prior to 2013, the metropolitan area consisted of only McLean County. [2] In 2013, the Office of Management and Budget revised the delineations of the metropolitan area to include all of DeWitt and McLean counties. Additionally, the Bloomington–Pontiac Combined Statistical Area was created to combine the Bloomington MSA with the Pontiac, Illinois micropolitan statistical area. The CSA includes all of DeWitt, McLean, and Livingston counties. [3]


Club League Venue Years
Bloomington Edge IFL Indoor football Grossinger Motors Arena 2006–present
Bloomington PrairieThunder Central Hockey League Ice hockey Grossinger Motors Arena 2006–2011
Bloomington Blaze CHL Ice hockey Grossinger Motors Arena 2011–2013
Bloomington Thunder SPHL Ice hockey Grossinger Motors Arena 2013-2014
Central Illinois Flying Aces USHL Ice hockey Grossinger Motors Arena 2014–present
Normal CornBelters FL Baseball The Corn Crib 2010–present


  1. ^ Plautz, Jake (April 12, 2017). "Places in Blo-No to go before graduation". Illinois State University Vidette.
  2. ^ "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). Office of Management and Budget. November 20, 2008. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2010-12-23. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  3. ^ "Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas" (pdf). Office of Management and Budget. February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2016.


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