About 70,000 people live within the city limits of Bloomington, Indiana, but the population count is more than 175,000 when you include the metropolitan area. Due to its sheer size, there is a significant number of discount hotels in Bloomington for you to choose from on EasyToBook.com. The city is home to Indiana University, the first and still largest college campus in the state’s university system. It was founded in 1820, and today about 40,000 students attend. In 1991, it was deemed one of the most beautiful American campuses in a book by Thomas Gaines.
The city of Bloomington is also called Tree City because of its variety and number of trees. Film fans may recognize it, particularly the quarries, as being the location where Breaking Away was filmed. It is also known for its theater culture. The Buskirk-Chumley Theater was originally built as a movie house and vaudeville theater in 1922. Today, the 616 seat theater has been fully restored and is used as a performing arts center. You may hear locals refer to it as the Indiana Theater, or by the affectionate nickname of Bus-Chum.