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.
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. –livability.com
- 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
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.
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.
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
is home to the world’s largest children’s museum in both square footage
and number of artifacts.
ranks Indianapolis as one of America’s Top 25 Best Shopping cities with 18
different shopping centers and 5,955 retail locations.
is second only to Washington D.C. in its number of monuments and memorials
boasts the first international airport designed and built after 9/11,
rated number one in security by travelers in a J.D. Power & Associates
has more hotel rooms (4,717) connected via climate-controlled skywalks
than any other city in the nation.
is home to the two largest single-day sporting events in the world, the
Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.
Indianapolis Zoo is the first in the nation to be credited as a botanical
garden, zoo and aquarium.
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.
Oil Stadium, host venue for the Super Bowl in 2012, has the NFL’s largest
retractable roof–it takes eight minutes to open.
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Lucas Oil Stadium
The Children’s Museum
Eagle Creek Park
Indiana State Museum
The Murat Centre
Clowes Memorial Hall of
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Col. Eli Lilly Civil War
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.