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Pros

-Diversified economy
-Small town atmosphere
-Arts & culture

Cons

-Entertainment
-Low job growth projections
-Winter climate


What Bert Has To Say About Fort Wayne Metro Area


Fort Wayne is a business center and the second largest city in Indiana. Located in the northeast corner of the state at the confluence of three rivers, it is a diverse industrial and commercial center with an attractive downtown and a friendly, small-town feel for a city its size. Its industrial base has recovered from the 1980’s decline of International Harvester and includes electronics manufacturer Motorola and other high-tech, electric motor and automotive suppliers, as well as the headquarters of Fortune 500 member Lincoln National Life Insurance. Despite the vulnerability of these industries, employment has held steady thanks to the area’s economic diversity.

Cost of living is low, and housing is a good value. The area has a better-than-average collection of small-scale arts-and-culture amenities for the type of town and some recreation in surrounding areas. There is a strong community pride and sense of resilience to economic. While Fort Wayne has no outstanding draws, it also has no severe drawbacks.

The surrounding area is generally level south and east of the city, rolling to the southwest, and quite hilly to the north and northwest. While the climate is influenced somewhat by the nearby Great Lakes, it does not differ greatly from that of other Midwestern cities of the same latitude. Summers are warm and humid. Winters are cool and cloudy, and occasionally very cold and windy.

Annual precipitation is well distributed with somewhat larger amounts falling in late spring and early summer. Snow squalls and winter-snow cover are common, but blizzards are infrequent. Summer thunderstorms are common and occasionally severe. The river confluence and low elevation has produced some severe floods. First freeze is mid-October, last is late April.


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Quick Facts About Fort Wayne


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Fort Wayne is 5.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Fort Wayne jobs have Increased by 5.31 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Fort Wayne's cost of living is 16.30% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Fort Wayne's population is 253,617 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 1.13 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Fort Wayne is $98,500. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.90 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Fort Wayne public schools spend $10,057 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17.2 students per teacher in Fort Wayne.

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Comments


re: born and raised - 5/9/2010
I was born in FW and moved to PHX when I was 9. None of the things you described seem to apply to the city I remember. I think your problem is that you live on the west... (read more)
Great Place to live.
I got out of the Navy in 2003 and moved to Fort Wayne. I was a MN native and my wife was a VA native. We both within a couple years fell in love with the city. It has... (read more)
My thoughts after 6 years in Fort Wayne
After living in Fort Wayne for 6 years, and now just recently moving off to Indy, one of the largest things I've noticed so far is the change in traffic patterns. I... (read more)
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