Located in the central part of the state of Illinois and a city and seat of McLean County, Bloomington sits adjacent in the north to Normal and is about halfway in between Chicago and St. Louis, Missouri. The first recorded settlers in the area were in 122 and it was known as Keg Grove and later changed to Blooming Grove because of the area’s wildflowers. The town was laid out and was later named Bloomington in 1831. Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous “lost speech” in the Major’s Hall in the city during a convention that was to organize the Republican Party in Illinois. The city sits in a fertile, rich agricultural land and its economic activities were mainly based on farming, mainly on corn and soybeans, production of farm seeds, and livestock raising.

Population 78,902  (20.10%)

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