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Indianapolis, IN is a major metropolitan area in the Midwest and has a wide array of health services to provide for its citizens. The city is home to several large hospitals, including IU Health Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children, and St. Vincent's Indianapolis. In addition to these major medical centers, there are numerous other local medical facilities offering primary care services such as family doctors, urgent care centers, and clinics. These health facilities provide top-notch healthcare and are available to residents of Indianapolis who may not have access to larger hospitals or specialty clinics. This variety of care ensures that residents have the best resources available when it comes to their healthcare needs. Furthermore, many of the local hospitals offer specialized programs such as behavioral health services and cancer treatment centers that make receiving specialized care easier for Indianapolis residents. All in all, Indianapolis is an excellent place for those seeking quality medical care from both large hospitals and smaller local facilities without having to leave their own community.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.

Physicians per Capita

There are 272 physicians per 100,000 population in Indianapolis. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.

Health Cost Index

The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Indianapolis area is 86.5 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

86.5 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.

Water Qualtiy Index

The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Indianapolis area is 1 (100=best). The US average is 55.

1 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.

Superfund Index

The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Indianapolis area is 88 (100=best). The US average is 87.

88 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Quick Facts

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Indianapolis commutes 23.2 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

Air Quality Index

The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Indianapolis area is 57 (100=best). The US average is 58.

57 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

Air Quality Health Risk
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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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