A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$103,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$681
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%

Fort Wayne Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    188
    283
  • Murder
    16
    6
  • Rape
    37
    41
  • Robbery
    157
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    649
    500
  • Theft
    2,604
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    158
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,449
National
$55,322
Children
22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

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Not a bad place, but it can feel kind of "generic" and "cookie cutter". With lots of improvements planned, however, to be implemented within the next few years things are looking up for the Summit City. A couple years ago we got a fantastic new baseball stadium in downtown Ft. Wayne. Upcoming projects include park and river way updates and much refurbishng of some of our landmark older buildings. We've got some good, solid academic programs at our universities, and a wholesome emphasis on family living while maintaining an active nightlife for singles/the young adult set. Cheers!
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Fort Wayne is a city with a hometown feel. It is a wonderful place to bring up a family. It has a science museum, botanical gardens, a great children's zoo and many parks and the third best genealogical library in the US. It is also home to some great AA baseball (Tincaps), hockey (Komets) and basketball (Mad Ants) teams. But what makes it unique is it also has two special free programs for kids in the summer found nowhere else, i.e. Wildcat Baseball program that has been going on for over 25 years and Lifetime Sports Academy which teaches golf, tennis and swimming lessons. The kids can even earn their own tennis racket and golf clubs and scholarships!
Fort Wayne is a great place to live, work, and play! Fort Wayne is the best Little Big city I've been to. One minute you're in city, go down one road and it's like living in the country. It has that Midwestern small town feel, yet you have the amenities of the big city at your fingertips. As a child, my favorite thing to do was visit the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo at Franke Park. If you love sports, Fort Wayne has several minor league teams in the city. Fort Wayne also hosts the Johnny Appleseed festival, which aims to teach people about John Chapman and his era. In case you aren't familiar with him, he's known for going around the Midwest planting apple trees in the early 1800s. Fort Wayne also has great food and excellent shopping. There are several family owned, local restaurants under the name Casa Restaurants. Each of these are excellent and serve amazing Italian food.