Life in Indy (AHF)

Indianapolis, the capital city of Indiana, is the 12th largest city in the United States and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. It is one of the top 25 most visited cities in the country, in part due to being a powerhouse in the sporting event and convention industries.

Indianapolis has shed its image as a Rust Belt city, due in part to an aggressive downtown revitalization campaign. The diversification of the city’s economic base since the 1960s has also contributed to this transformation.

Indianapolis has hosted Super Bowl XLVI, the 1987 Pan American Games, both Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Fours, the Big Ten football and basketball championships, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the United States Grand Prix, and is perhaps most famous for the annual Indianapolis 500.

Moving to Indianapolis

Indianapolis is a great place to relocate. With one of the lowest costs of living among large cities in the nation, incomes reach much further than just about anywhere else.

Indianapolis is ranked as having the “No. 3 Downtown in the U.S.” based on entertainment options, beautiful architecture, green spaces and planning that went into the city’s design. –
  • Indianapolis - $50,000.00
  • San Francisco - $81,589.00
  • Los Angeles - $71,841.00
  • New York - $82,985.00
  • Boston - $80,398.00
  • Seattle - $70,945.00

Another perk of Indianapolis is its compact design. Everything in town is within a half hour commute, giving new residents a guarantee of finding a great home, no matter what style they’re looking for. The city offers everything from downtown condos and urban lofts, to historic and charming midtown homes, and even newly constructed homes in great neighborhoods all around the city.


Indianapolis is not only the Crossroads of America from a geographical standpoint, but from a cultural one as well. There are a multitude of local restaurants, museums, art fairs, and theater districts all around the city that cater to just about every individual’s needs.

The city is home to hundreds of local parks, an extensive and growing network of bikeways, with over 200 miles of new bike lanes planned for the near future, and a many natural destinations available for recreation and relaxation.

Indianapolis also has several distinct cultural districts that have developed throughout the years.

Broad Ripple is on the near north side of Indianapolis, and is a cultural mecca for much of the city. It contains a wide variety of dining options, boutique shops, corner pubs, and a vibrant nightlife, all nestled conveniently between the popular north side suburbs and downtown.

Mass Ave.
Massachusetts Avenue, or Mass Ave, is the road that extends northeast from downtown Indianapolis. It’s also the location of great dining, local art, and a great scene for entertainment. It houses destinations such as the Athenaeum and the Murat Theatre, both sites for live bands, musicals, and other exciting forms of entertainment.

Wholesale District
The Wholesale District sits at the heart of Indianapolis. It has more than 85 dining options, and over 13 hotels, including the new JW Marriott, the world’s largest. It’s also home to Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the 2012 Super Bowl, Victory Field, recognized as the “Best Minor League Ballpark in America”, and Conseco Fieldhouse, voted the number 1 venue in the NBA.

Additionally, there is a vibrant nightlife along Meridian Street, and a completely indoor downtown mall that connects to many of the downtown hotels through tunnels and walkways, ensuring that weather won’t slow you down.

Indianapolis Fast Facts

  • Indianapolis is home to the world’s largest children’s museum in both square footage and number of artifacts.
  • Forbes ranks Indianapolis as one of America’s Top 25 Best Shopping cities with 18 different shopping centers and 5,955 retail locations.
  • Indianapolis is second only to Washington D.C. in its number of monuments and memorials (33).
  • Indianapolis boasts the first international airport designed and built after 9/11, rated number one in security by travelers in a J.D. Power & Associates poll.
  • Indianapolis has more hotel rooms (4,717) connected via climate-controlled skywalks than any other city in the nation.
  • Indianapolis is home to the two largest single-day sporting events in the world, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.
  • The Indianapolis Zoo is the first in the nation to be credited as a botanical garden, zoo and aquarium.
  • The Indy 500 track is so large that Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Coliseum and Vatican City can all fit inside the iconic oval, covering 253 acres.
  • Lucas Oil Stadium, host venue for the Super Bowl in 2012, has the NFL’s largest retractable roof–it takes eight minutes to open.


Local Attractions

Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana State Fairgrounds
Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis Zoo
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Historic Fountain Square
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Victory Field
Eagle Creek Park
Klipsch Music Center
Indiana State Museum
Hilbert Circle Theatre
The Murat Centre
Conner Prairie
Indianapolis Art Center
Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Col. Eli Lilly Civil War Museum
Indiana Repertory Theatre 
The Fashion Mall at Keystone


Indy offers a climate that has seasons without the harsh extremes of a desert in the summer or getting your toes frozen off in the winter. In the summer months the average temperatures range from 61 to 84 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter it’s cold enough to get some sledding in and have an occasional snow fight with your coworkers.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — U.S. News just posted a survey with the top 100 best places to live in the U.S.

They analyzed the 100 most populous cities and then ranked them according to four categories: good value, desirable place to live, strong job market and a high quality of life.

To be in the top, cities had to have a good score from all four.

Indianapolis ranks at 43. It was ranked with a 6.6 score overall.

The article cited the city’s wealth of sports, neighborhoods and shopping areas as the top draws to the city.

Denver ranked as number one with Austin, Texas as second.

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