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Normal is an incorporated town in McLean County, Illinois, United States.
It had a population of 45,386 as of the 2000 census.
The smaller of two principal municipalities of the Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area in area and
population, its population had risen to 50,519 by 2005.
Originally known as North Bloomington, the town was incorporated as Normal in February of 1865.
The name was taken from Illinois State Normal University, a teacher-training institution located there.
The school has since been renamed Illinois State University after becoming a general four year university.
Normal is adjacent to Bloomington, Illinois, and when mentioned together they are known as the "Twin Cities,"
"Bloomington-Normal," or simply "B-N."
The main campus of Heartland Community College, a two-year, fully accredited institution,
is located in Normal, as is a satellite campus of Lincoln College, which offers associate degrees as well
as four-year programs.
Uptown Normal (formerly Downtown Normal) is currently being revitalized to attract new businesses,
and it was recently made the home of the new Children's Discovery Museum.
The district is also home to the historic and non-profit Normal Theater, a restored Art Deco theater owned
by the Town of Normal that runs classic and independent films.
In 2007, the town council agreed to rename Downtown Normal to "Uptown Normal."
A large percentage of residents of Normal are employed by Illinois State University,
State Farm Insurance (Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington),
COUNTRY Insurance & Financial Services (Corporate Headquarters in Bloomington) ,
and the Mitsubishi Motors North America manufacturing facility, which manufactures the Eclipse,
Eclipse Spyder, Endeavor, and Galant.
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