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  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+
Fort Wayne is a city in Indiana with a population of 260,954. Fort Wayne is in Allen County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Fort Wayne offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Fort Wayne there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Fort Wayne and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Fort Wayne are above average.
About Fort Wayne...
Population
260,954

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%
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Fort Wayne Rankings

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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
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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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I really have enjoyed Fort Wayne's "small town feel". It is a family city, and a great place to raise a family. There are many things to do including hiking on the numerous city trails, county/state parks; taking a boat trip down any of our three rivers; going to the theater/movies; attending a Tin Caps/Mad Ants game; going to a concert at the War Memorial Colliseum; and so much more! The only drawback that I have found, is that Fort Wayne does not have (yet) enough sidewalks, so that people can get their excersice--especially in the suburbs. The good news is, however, that Fort Wayne is actively working oon this problem by putting in sidewalks with every new property that is constructed, and building many new trails throughout the city. Fort Wayne is a great place to call home!
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Fort Wayne has grown tremendously! The city definitely had its ups and downs but within these last 10 years, WOW! The restaurants, the city life, the cost of living...its amazing. We have an amazing college here, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Saint Francis University, along with many job opportunities straight after schooling. There is a lot of opportunity in this city. It is the most family friendly place to live! As much as I love city life, in the end nothing beats living in Fort Wayne and calling this place my home the last 22 years.
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!