Illinois State University is located in the town of Normal, Illinois. Nearby is the sister-city of Bloomington, so the larger community is often referred to as Bloomington-Normal.
- The Bloomington-Normal community is comprised of the City of Bloomington (population 77,071) and the Town of Normal (population 52,772).
- Bloomington-Normal is 125 miles southwest of Chicago, 155 miles northeast of St. Louis, and 64 miles northeast of Springfield (the state capital).
- State Farm and COUNTRY Financial are both headquartered in Bloomington-Normal.