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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 262,450. 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
262,450

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$106,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$708
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
    204
    282.7
  • Murder
    14.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    48.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    114.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    375.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,037.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    204.8
    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
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
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
    11%
    13%

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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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I love the calm and serene atmosphere of FW, because the highways are built well, I can see it all! I worked at Target, and there are three of them, in this area, so it's easy to get to my favorite store! Also, the nightlife is not overwhelming, so there are a lot of established families. I feel like there are many people who have encouraged me since I have lived here to continue my life after living with little to no income. They have helped me get on my feet, again. Thank you, FW!
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!