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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Indianapolis is a city in Indiana with a population of 846,674. Indianapolis is in Marion County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Indianapolis offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Indianapolis there are a lot of bars, restaurants, 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
846,674

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$120,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$811
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    283
  • Murder
    18
    6
  • Rape
    77
    41
  • Robbery
    400
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,027
    500
  • Theft
    2,821
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    563
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$43,101
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    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
    15%
    13%

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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!
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Indianapolis is a very safe city compared to other cities I have visited like Chicago and NYC. It's very clean. Our downtown area is beautiful year round. Traffic is very manageable and the schools in Indianapolis are amazing! People in the area are very friendly and helpful. It's a medium size city but has the feeling of a small town atmosphere - warm and friendly. The city offers a nice variety for the arts, which is a major interest of mine as I am a dancer. The Indianapolis Ballet provides lovely shows throughout their season. Dance schools are available on all sides of the city.
Great city with a lot of differing activities and areas to visit. Great public parks system, water parks, easy to get from one side to the other quickly. Expanding our bikeways and walkways as well as public transit. More and more large firms are headquartering here and bringing in money for new condos and apartments and more people to diversify the city. Great sports, concerts, zoo, museums, parades, races, and events! Good real-estate market with small artsy hipster communities taking hold with breweries and restaurants. Very walkable and lots of room for everyone to enjoy