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Hillary
Indianapolis, IN

Broad Ripple - 11/25/2008

Just north of Indianapolis, you'll find an area called Broad Ripple. It is the premiere place to be for young adults and college students. Broad Ripple Ave is lined with bars, night clubs, restaurants and boutiques. This extends for a two block radius around the area, with something for everyone. Whether you want eclectic dining, boutique shopping or an amazing night life, you'll find it in Broad Ripple. Broad Ripple Ave aka 62nd Street is located north of Indy, between College Ave and Keystone Ave. Clean and safe neighborhoods surround the area with young adults just starting out, young families, and long time residents. Located minutes from Keystone at the Crossing shopping and dining.

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Leneta
Tucker, GA

South of Indianapolis - 10/29/2008

We are considering a move to the Indy area in the next few months. My husband is from Indiana orginally but hasn't lived there since college. I've never lived there but am willing to give it a shot! His job will be south of Indy in Shelbyville and I'm wondering where are good places to live. We'd like a golf course community and I don't want him to have a long commute, so the northern part of Indy is out of the question. We're moving from Atlanta and I think the housing prices will be favorable (although in this market who knows). Can anyone speak to Greenfield, Greenwood, New Palestine or other areas? We don't want a lot of land, just a suburb type lot - 1/2 acre or so. Any recommendations on areas to look at? Thanks for the tips!

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Lisa
Indianapolis, IN

Long gray winter - 8/17/2008

I'm looking to relocate to get out of the months of gray from October to April.

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twinkles
Indianapolis, IN

Climate - 7/7/2008

Indianapolis definitely has four seasons. The winters are not brutal, but when it snows, the roads are not cleared as well as other places I have lived. The summers are great if you love the outdoors. Daylight lasts until 9:15pm and around 9:45pm is when the skies will just become dark.

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Loudmouth
Indianapolis, IN

Looking for something more fulfilling - 6/7/2008

So the wife and I live in Indianapolis, IN. And I just am bored with Indiana now. I want to go where the wife came from - California. Obviously, I'm very aware that California is a very expensive state, but I'm willing to work to make it out there. I just want to live in a better state is all that has more to do in life.

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Brad
Indianapolis, IN

Indy - 5/21/2008

I have lived in 11 states and moved away from Indianapolis to San Francisco, to Chicago, to Michigan, and back to Indianapolis. I really love it here and can't believe everyone on this site that like to complain about this city. Let me tell you something - there are great areas of every town. I talk to people everyday that gripe about the culture, but have never been to the museums or shows. This is a really clean city to live in, with GREAT schools, ultra low housing costs, and fairly cheap taxes. The roads are almost the best in the country. You can actually save for retirement and pay a house off in 5 years. There are plenty of jobs to be had and Indianapolis actually has a good technical core that is developing at a good pace. True it is cheap to live here and you can fall into a 35K, but you can do that anywhere. And the people are NICE. You can get stuck at a 4 way stop and all the people wave at each other to go (no you go...). I watched three college kids help an old lady in the parking lot the other day. And they called her "MAM" on top of it. The reason that the bar scene is not the greatest and the clubs don't boom every night is because that is not the kind of people Indianapolis hosts. If you actually want to be able to save 35-50 percent of your income and have a great, safe, enjoyable life with friendly people, a low cost of living, and mostly tolerable weather - Indianapolis is the place for you. If you get bored - the 50K you save every year over NY and LA buys a lot of vacations to anywhere you want to go.

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Brad
Indianapolis, IN

Are you people kidding me? - 5/21/2008

I have lived in 11 states and moved away from Indianapolis to San Francisco, to Chicago, to Michigan, and back to Indianapolis. I really love it here and can't believe everyone on this site that like to complain about this city. Let me tell you something - there are great areas of every town. I talk to people everyday that gripe about the culture, but have never been to the museums or shows. This is a really clean city to live in, with GREAT schools, ultra low housing costs, and fairly cheap taxes. The roads are almost the best in the country. You can actually save for retirement and pay a house off in 5 years. There are plenty of jobs to be had and Indianapolis actually has a good technical core that is developing at a good pace. True it is cheap to live here and you can fall into a 35K, but you can do that anywhere. And the people are NICE. You can get stuck at a 4 way stop and all the people wave at each other to go (no you go...). I watched three college kids help an old lady in the parking lot the other day. And they called her "MAM" on top of it. The reason that the bar scene is not the greatest and the clubs don't boom every night is because that is not the kind of people Indianapolis hosts. If you actually want to be able to save 35-50 percent of your income and have a great, safe, enjoyable life with friendly people, a low cost of living, and mostly tolerable weather - Indianapolis is the place for you. If you get bored - the 50K you save every year over NY and LA buys a lot of vacations to anywhere you want to go.

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Brad
Indianapolis, IN

Are you people kidding me? - 5/21/2008

I have lived in 11 states and moved away from Indianapolis to San Francisco, to Chicago, to Michigan, and back to Indianapolis. I really love it here and can't believe everyone on this site that like to complain about this city. Let me tell you something - there are great areas of every town. I talk to people everyday that gripe about the culture, but have never been to the museums or shows. This is a really clean city to live in, with GREAT schools, ultra low housing costs, and fairly cheap taxes. The roads are almost the best in the country. You can actually save for retirement and pay a house off in 5 years. There are plenty of jobs to be had and Indianapolis actually has a good technical core that is developing at a good pace. True it is cheap to live here and you can fall into a 35K, but you can do that anywhere. And the people are NICE. You can get stuck at a 4 way stop and all the people wave at each other to go (no you go...). I watched three college kids help an old lady in the parking lot the other day. And they called her "MAM" on top of it. The reason that the bar scene is not the greatest and the clubs don't boom every night is because that is not the kind of people Indianapolis hosts. If you actually want to be able to save 35-50 percent of your income and have a great, safe, enjoyable life with friendly people, a low cost of living, and mostly tolerable weather - Indianapolis is the place for you. If you get bored - the 50K you save every year over NY and LA buys a lot of vacations to anywhere you want to go.

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Brad
Indianapolis, IN

Are you people kidding me? - 5/21/2008

I have lived in 11 states and moved away from Indianapolis to San Francisco, to Chicago, to Michigan, and back to Indianapolis. I really love it here and can't believe everyone on this site that like to complain about this city. Let me tell you something - there are great areas of every town. I talk to people everyday that gripe about the culture, but have never been to the museums or shows. This is a really clean city to live in, with GREAT schools, ultra low housing costs, and fairly cheap taxes. The roads are almost the best in the country. You can actually save for retirement and pay a house off in 5 years. There are plenty of jobs to be had and Indianapolis actually has a good technical core that is developing at a good pace. True it is cheap to live here and you can fall into a 35K, but you can do that anywhere. And the people are NICE. You can get stuck at a 4 way stop and all the people wave at each other to go (no you go...). I watched three college kids help an old lady in the parking lot the other day. And they called her "MAM" on top of it. The reason that the bar scene is not the greatest and the clubs don't boom every night is because that is not the kind of people Indianapolis hosts. If you actually want to be able to save 35-50 percent of your income and have a great, safe, enjoyable life with friendly people, a low cost of living, and mostly tolerable weather - Indianapolis is the place for you. If you get bored - the 50K you save every year over NY and LA buys a lot of vacations to anywhere you want to go.

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Russ Kirk
Indianapolis, IN

Wonderful Low Cost Housing and Cost of Living - 4/6/2008

I have lived in the Indianapolis area for 9 years and was born and raised in Indiana. I have lived in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida. Although, different cities and states have their pluses, I have found Indianapolis and the surrounding areas to be very accomadating. I now own a real estate company, and whether you are investing or buying an individual home to live in, you can get a great place for less money compared to many cities across the nation. The surrounding counties are good as well. I can speak of Hamilton County the best because I live near there on the Marion County side and do business in Fishers, Noblesville, and Carmel. I have friends and family that live and work in these areas of Hamilton county, which has award winning schools and great places to raise a family. The cost of living is relatively inexpensive compared to many areas of the country as well. Yes, we do have some winter weather that we don't like, but the snow fall isn't as bad as people think. A few days out of the year become difficult to travel, but some years it might be 10 days and other years it might be 5 days. I have been guilty of compaining about weather no matter where I live, the change of seasons are nice. I will always compalain about winter because I don't like being cold, but overall, it isn't bad.

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Tony
Ocala, FL

Flooding - 3/21/2008

How does the central part of the state (i.e. Indianapolis and Noblesville) compare to the southern portion regarding elevation, waterways, and of course FLOODING!! We are thinking of relocating to Indiana. thanks Topographically Challenged Tony

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Jim
Hillsborough, NJ

Indy...a Welcomed Relief - 3/19/2008

Indy was rated #7 in the Housing Opportunity Index (7th best place to live to be able to buy a home based upon median home price, salaries, property and other taxes, cost of living, etc.). I decided to visit first to see if I would like it and I LOVE IT! I am MOVING HERE within the next 7 to 10 days! The people here are so warm, friendly, courteous, polite, and NOT nasty (like the nasty northerners I lived among in New Jersey). They are even courteous drivers and HARDLY EVER blow their horns! Indy has a BEAUTIFUL, CLEAN, SAFE rejuvenated vibrant downtown. Indy is very easy to get around in and if one wishes, it doesn't take long at all to get out "in the country" away from one of the nicest cities I've ever been in! If you love Country Music as much as I do, you would love it here as there are 12 Country Music radio stations within a 50-mile radius of Indy. So...I'm NOT considered "wierd" (as I was in Jersey) for liking Country Music. I wish I had visited Indy sooner and moved here sooner, but you're not supposed to say "could've/would've/should've". And...if you are a NASCAR fan, as I am, remember, Indy is the home of the Indy 500 in May!

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Chase
Indianapolis, IN

Family life - 2/25/2008

Indianapolis is a great place to raise a family. It also has a reasonable housing market.Unless you grew up in Indiana, researching the web for entertainment will definately help. Slow at times but overall a nice place to grow up and raise a family.

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Tony
Ocala, FL

Thank you Craig - 2/15/2008

Thank you for you informative response. If you do not mind me asking, do you have kids? If so what is your opinion of the school system? Thanks Tony

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Bill
Indianapolis, IN

retired - 1/5/2008

We're retired with enough income to live just about anyplace - within reason of course. Since we're both mid-westerners we like the change of seasons but don't need the extremes of very hot summers and severe winters. Indianapolis is moderate in both climate and taxes so we think it's a great place to live. We travel extensively both domestic and foreign but enjoy returning home because Indy is a "rational" place to live from day to day. We're a four hour drive from Chicago, a couple hours by air to New York, and generally have good flight connections to just about anyplace.

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Tony
Ocala, FL

weather and driving - 1/1/2008

Hey everyvody, my wife and I are thinking of relocating to the Indianapolis area. Our main concern is winter driving conditions and weather (i.e. snow fall). We have heard the term "black ice" use for some northern states, does Indiana qualify? Also I have seen an average snowfall of about 25 inches. How often are there blizzrd conditions? We have lived in Florida our entire lives (30yrs) and are looking for a change and a better place to raise our family. We would love to see the color change in the fall and maybe get a white Chirstmas. thanks tony

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Tony
Ocala, FL

Roadways & Education - 12/31/2007

We are thinking about relocating to Indiana, we have heard great things about the educational system in the Noblesville area. We have one child and the school system in Florida is horrible. So we plan to leave. However, we are concerned with winter driving. We here about "black ice" and and people that have come here from up north say it is horrible in the winter. So I wanted to gets a few peoples opinoions on winter driving. thanks tony

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Bp
Indianapolis, IN

Decent City - 12/26/2007

I am an Indiana Native and have lived in Indianapolis for 3 years. Indianapolis is an okay please to live. If you are a 20 something person looking for entertainment other than clubbing you will find some nice lounges, sporting events and theatre events. If you are into more eclectic things then don't move to Indiana period! We are a bit conservative. There aren't many ethinically diverse scenes going on in Indy and that is a major negative for the city. Like any other major city there are high crime areas, and low crime areas. Traffic can be a motherbear on the interstate during rush hour but what major city doesn't have that either?! The job market could be better. It is hard to find a job in the marketing field unless you are into sales. Indianapolis is a great place to START your life on your own if your single, but once you're ready to go to the next level, MOVE!

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Debbie
Los Angeles, CA

Best Worst Place to live - 12/20/2007

Wow. I'm from Los Angeles. I have been out priced out of the Real Estate and rental market. $1200 to pay rent for a 1 bedroom is not worth it to me anymore. Indianapolis looked good because I can almost buy a house cash, but I have never done "bored" and "racist". Los Angeles does not have either. There are just too many cultures and races out here. Most of us hate all races equally (including our own) and learn to get along. There are problems with "class issues" too many f...ing billionairs who hate poor people. But we usually dont see them to often, just feel their presence. Thank you for your comments about Indi. I think I'll move somewhere else or at least stay at a hotel for a week.

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Erin
Indianapolis, IN

Climate of Indianapolis - 12/9/2007

Like most midwest cities, you get all four seasons in Indianapolis. It gets hot in the summer and cold in the winter and is very pleasant in the spring and fall. This is my first winter in Indianapolis, but I have found the city does a great job of plowing snow and keeping the roads and sidewalks salted.

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