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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
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Indianapolis is a city in Indiana with a population of 853,431. 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
853,431

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$123,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$840
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Indianapolis Rankings

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

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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
    839.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    17.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    76.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    400.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,027.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,821.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    563.2
    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
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    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
$44,709
National
$55,322
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I love Indianapolis! I have lived in Indy for 9 years and love the opportunity my children have to grow up in a culturally diverse city. Their school are very culturally diverse and they get to learn first hand from other cultures. Indianapolis caters to families with their museums, parks, and downtown attractions. Indy also caters to singles and couples in their city life with bars and sports facilities. I have never had any issue with crime but I do hear about it on the news. The one bad thing that I have seen is the constant construction and traffic. All around the city, the traffic is crazy; small rural roads with stop signs can't meet the demand of the city population with rerouting construction to them.
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Indy is a lively city all hours of the day! There is so much to do downtown, especially for a foodie like myself. Some of my favorite food places are The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Bru Burger Bar, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks, and of course St. Elmo Steak House. Indy also has the best ice cream, bubble tea, and sweet shops like Sub Zero, Moar Tea, and Kilwins. The city is also really pedestrian-friendly, as there is the Cultural Trail that allows pedestrians and bikers to stay off the busy roads. There are also MANY tunnel walkways since winters here are pretty harsh. You can find your way around many buildings without the need to step foot outside.
I have gone to school in Indianapolis for 3 years now at the wonderful Butler University, and I have to honestly say that Indianapolis is a great area for young-adults to start their careers and professional lives. The city itself has so many different attractions (sports, restaurants, theaters, arenas/stadiums, museums, outdoor activities/parks/canals) to offer to different people and whatever their walks-of-life may encompass. Indianapolis provides a great "city" feeling while also not being as overwhelming as a city such as Chicago or New York City. Overall, Indianapolis encompasses many different aspects that I think make it a great, family-friendly place to settle down, start a career, raise a family, or attend school. Thank you Indianapolis for the great memories thus far!