At first glance, Monticello seems to be very clean and very charming. Appearances can be deceiving, so the best advice I can offer is to rent a home and spend at least a year here, then decide whether or not you wish to make it your permanent home.
My husband works for the government and when he was transferred to Indiana, we looked for homes within a reasonable commuting distance of his office. We are fans of smaller towns/rural areas, so Monticello met that criteria. We found a nice rental home with somewhat reasonable rent and settled in.
Pros: Home prices are reasonable if you're looking to buy, but that is the norm in most of Indiana. There are a couple of nice golf courses in the area and a few nice local restaurants. There is a good general care hospital.
Cons: No cultural activities whatsoever. Locals are unfriendly towards outsiders and look down their noses at tourists although tourism is heavily tied to the town's economy. Read More