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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
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Indianapolis is a city in Indiana with a population of 857,637. Indianapolis is in Marion County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Indianapolis offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Indianapolis there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Indianapolis and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Indianapolis are above average.
About Indianapolis...
Population
857,637

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$129,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$865
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Indianapolis 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
    826.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    18.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    77.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    351.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    893.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,671.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    563.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Indianapolis

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,442
National
$55,322
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I attended Butler University back in the early 80's, remained for about 10 years, and returned again 3 years ago. There are many positives about this city. Housing is affordable. Prior to moving back, I had been living on the west coast where buying a home would have been impossible for me. The people in the midwest are friendly and welcoming. I know my neighbors! We spend time together. The population is diverse. There are great sporting events. Not only do the Pacers make their home here; but also race fans pour end every summer for the Indy 500. Indianapolis has its own Symphony Orchestra, an Art Museum, a Children's Museum, and lots of great places to eat. Indianapolis has become much more dangerous over the years, however. In 2018, it was considered the 10th most dangerous city in the country based on the number on violent crimes. Indiana is a conservative state; however, Indy is reasonably forward thinking and accepting of alternative lifestyles.
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I love Indianapolis! There's always something to do. Indianapolis is family-friendly. There are lots of family-friendly events happening year-round. You can explore downtown Indy, take a walk on the canal, visit the zoo, and so much more. The public schools are always striving to make school a great experience for your children. There's also a large variety of restaurants to choose from so you can always taste something new. I've never had any safety issues. I've lived here my whole life and plan to live here for a lot longer. Overall Indianapolis is a great place to stay in or visit.
Indianapolis is such an amazing city in such an amazing state! I moved here from the state of Tennessee just a few months ago. I was so nervous about starting over in a new state and in a new community. However, I have been very pleasantly surprised! There are many fun things to do here and I feel safe and secure. I love the feel of this city, and downtown Indianapolis is beautiful! If you are looking for a new environment or just a great place tour, Indianapolis is the place for you!