Bloomington, Minnesota

Bloomington Business Signs

Bloomington is a city located in the central-eastern region of the present-day U.S. state of Minnesota.  Prior to incursions by those of European descent, this area was inhabited by members of the Ojibwa people and Mdewakanton Dakota.  Peter and Louisa Quinn were the first settlers of European descent to arrive in the area in 1843.  Eventually, the settlement the Quinns began came to be known as Bloomington, after Bloomington, Illinois.  Bloomington, Minnesota was officially incorporated into a town in 1858 and then, eventually, into a city in 1960.

Today, according to a 2016 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Bloomington, Minnesota has a total population of 85,319 people.  This makes Bloomington the fourth most populous city in the state of Minnesota and the 377th most populous city in the country.  Interestingly, Bloomington, Minnesota is also considered part of the Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan Area.  According to that same 2016 estimate, the Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan Area has a total population of 413,651 people.  This makes it the most populous city in the state of Minnesota.  Additionally, this also makes the Minneapolis, Minnesota Metropolitan Area the 46th most populous metropolitan area in the entire United States of America.

Both Bloomington, Minnesota’s economic and international acclaim both stem from the same institution.  The Mall of America, which opened back in 1992, is located within the city and is the “third largest mall in North America in terms of leasable space, the largest mall in the United States in terms of total floor area, and the twelfth largest mall in the world.”  Currently, it is managed by the Triple Five Group (owned by Canada’s Ghermezian brothers) and boasts more than 500 separate and distinct stores.  Among those 500 stores are three anchor stores.  Astoundingly, within the mall, there is even an indoor theme park: Nickelodeon Universe.  Additionally, the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium is also located within the Mall of America.  Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, which opened in 1996, features more than 10,000 animals and a whopping 1,200,000 gallon-volume of tanks.  These tanks include a 300-foot (91 m) clear acrylic tunnel allowing visitors to “explore the underwater world while remaining dry.”

According to Bloomington, Minnesota’s 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Mall of America tenants are the largest employers in the area.  They employ an astounding 13,000 local residents.  Bloomington, Minnesota also serves as the home of the headquarters for several well-known companies such as Ceridian, Donaldson Company, the Evangelical Free Church of America, Great Clips, HealthPartners, Holiday Stationstores, Thermo King, and Toro.

Bloomington, Minnesota isn’t all about its economy, however.  The city is also home to both Hyland Lake Park Reserve and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.  Additionally, the city of Bloomington, Minnesota also holds the honor of serving as the home to the only IKEA store in the entire state of Minnesota.  As for museums, Bloomington, Minnesota is home to quite a few.  These Bloomington, Minnesota-based museums include The Works, The Bloomington History Museum, and The NWA History Museum.

Do you happen to be the lucky owner of a small business in and/or around the Bloomington, Minnesota area?  Do you need any assistance with starting up such an exhilarating endeavor?  Well, look no further!  Below, we have provided prospective small business owners with the right resources needed to become fully fledged and successful new entrepreneurs:

Apply for a Business License in Bloomington, Minnesota:

City of Bloomington, Minnesota Open to Business Program:

Minneapolis Bloomington Northeast Chamber of Commerce:

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Gillette Signworks
(763) 441-7446
Elk River, MN


Robert Cap
(218) 749-4056
Gilbert, MN