Indianapolis, IN


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Indianapolis, IN

About Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, Indiana is the perfect destination for travelers who are looking to explore a unique city with plenty of attractions and activities. Take in the sights of the downtown skyline while visiting beautiful Monument Circle or take a historical tour at White River State Park. If you're looking for entertainment, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis offers an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike. Catch a game at Banker's Life Fieldhouse or show up early to stroll along the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With its diverse neighborhoods, unique restaurants and thriving arts community, Indianapolis offers something for everyone! Capital city - Geographic center of Indiana.

State: Indiana
County: Marion County
Metro Area: Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Metro Area
City: Indianapolis
Zip Codes: 46254, 46237, 46203, 46222, 46220, 46217, 46235, 46241, 46201, 46234, 27 total
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 808 ft above sea level

Indianapolis, once a poster child for blighted Midwestern old-economy cities, is now a showcase for publicly coordinated and funded urban renewal. The city features a city/county “Unigov” government system, which has worked well for coordinated planning and public redevelopment efforts. Cost of living is very attractive for this type of city. The vastly renewed downtown core boasts attractive new buildings, pedestrian zones, and a state-of-the-art sports arena.

The area has a diverse industrial base of high-tech and agricultural industries, and serves as headquarters to pharmaceutical and research giant Eli Lilly and a strong presence of financial services, publishing, industrial automation and software. Spectator sports, including the NBA Pacers, NFL Colts and a few minor league franchises are a huge draw. The venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosts the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and other events. Pro and college sports- particularly basketball- get enormous attention. The NCAA Hall of Fame is located downtown, and the city hosts portions of the NCAA basketball tournament each year. “Indy” boasts a well-rounded arts and cultural scene and the educational opportunities of the nearby Indiana-Purdue joint campus and Butler University.

Access and transportation around the city are aided by a grid with radiating spokes and a circular beltway. Residential neighborhoods spread out in all directions, with the fashionable and attractive Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville towards the north. Sections immediately south are more commercial and industrial, while areas farther to the south contain recreational opportunities in the wooded and hilly town of Nashville and Brown County State Park.

In part because of Southwest Airlines, air service features some of the best discounts in the Midwest. Cost of living is very low. Some traffic problems have emerged on commute corridors particularly in the north, and the area has experienced some effects of the decline in the auto industry, Crime rates run a bit above average and air quality is somewhat worse. But these are minor issues; overall Indy is one of the brighter spots in today’s Midwest.

The climate is continental with warm, humid summers, but without a dry season and little extreme heat. Precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, and winters are cold and variable with intermittent rain and snow. Snowfalls of 3 inches or more occur on average of two to three times each winter. First freeze is mid- to late October, last is late April.

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Indianapolis Cost of Living
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Revitalized downtown, sports and recreation, and strong buying power make Indianapolis a great place to live.

$221,900
-52.4% lower than avg
$54,321
-27.1% lower than avg
$1,003 /mo
Monthly rent (2br)
-14.5% lower than avg
Indianapolis Crime
66.9 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
Minimum annual income
To live comfortably in Indianapolis, Indiana
$42,480
for a family
$36,800
for a single person
Pros & Cons of Indianapolis
   Revitalized downtown
Growth and sprawl
   Sports and recreation
Crime rates
   Strong buying power
Air quality
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No car? This city is built for cars. Not friendly to pedestrians; the lack of sidewalks is confounding. Public transportation is limited, with a "spoke wheel" layout  More

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Over 3 years ago

This is a response to another review, but everything I say here is true and I have been a lifelong Indy resident and feel this needs said. The only factual part is  More

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Over 3 years ago

Housing is overpriced unless you want to live in a **** hole with cockroaches, mold, cars broken into. There's way too many potholes. Theres a deadly shooting everyday.  More

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