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Bloomington

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Things to do: zoos & aquariums, historic sites, museums
Bloomington is a city in McLean County, Illinois, United States and the county seat. It is adjacent to Normal, Illinois, and is the more populous of the two principal municipalities of the Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area. The mayor of Bloomington is Tari Renner.The 2010 census showed the city had a population of 76,610. making it the 12th most populated city in Illinois, and the fifth-most populous city in the state outside of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. Combined with Normal, the twin cities have a population of roughly 130,000.GeographyBloomington is located at 40°29′03″N 88°59′37″W. The city is at an elevation of 797ft above sea level. According to the 2010 census, the city has a total area of, of which (or 99.96%) is land and (or 0.04%) is water.Climate and weatherIn recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Bloomington have ranged from a low of in January to a high of in July, although a record low of was recorded in January 1985 and a record high of was recorded on July 15, 1936 during the 1936 North American heat wave. Average monthly precipitation ranged from in February to in May.HistoryThe area of today's Bloomington was at the edge of a large grove occupied by the Kickapoo people before the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the early 1820s. Springing from the settlement of Keg Grove, later called Blooming Grove, Bloomington was named as county seat on December 25, 1830, when McLean County was created.
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