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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  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
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Fort Wayne is a city in Indiana with a population of 264,052. Fort Wayne is in Allen County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Fort Wayne offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Fort Wayne there are a lot of coffee shops and 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
264,052

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$110,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$735
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense 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
    165.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    53.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    132.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    367.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,182.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    210.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    29%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%

Working in Fort Wayne

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,023
National
$55,322
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Fort Wayne Reviews

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I can't lie, I love this city. It's not where everything's happening, but it's still not off the map. Fort Wayne isn't fast or slow. There are many diverse communities, and growing industrialization. But it's not mandatory! Residents of the Summit City like the speed of Fort Wayne. If not, they'd move to either Indianapolis or Bloomington! There's music, food, festivals, museums, and a TON of history. There are upscale, five-star restaurants, and hole-in-the-wall bars. Raise your kids here. Hide away here. Party here. Vacation here. Fort Wayne isn't just a city, it's a statement. It has cuture.
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This city truly feels like a small town. The residents support each other and take an active interest in the prosperity of the community. Throughout the summer and into the fall there are festivals and outdoor concerts (often free). Just to walk the streets of downtown you can see how much the community values its culture. There are vibrant beautiful paintings on nearly every street and cleverly placed areas to enjoy them while visiting with friends. Locally owned restaurants are the most desired places to dine in the area. From traditional tacos to gourmet meals you will be satisfied. Not to leave out local breweries, wineries, distilleries, micro-creameries, and cafes. On Saturday mornings one can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the year around farmer's market. The famer's market is full of fresh off the farm goods and other delectable treats. If you are looking to connect with nature visit the zoo, parks, hiking trails, or rent a kayak on the river. All of this and more awaits.
The city is growing! I was raised here, left for awhile after high school and have returned to plant some roots. There are a lot of career opportunities here. Some room for improvement with community and police relationship. Overall, happy to be back and invest in my hometown.