After analyzing the 150 most popular metropolitan areas across the United States, US News & World Report has named the best place to live in Indiana for 2023.

Statistics and Methodology

Utilizing statistics from a number of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI, and the U.S. Department of Labor, US News & World Report analyzed data like crime rates, quality of education, and quality and availability of health care, as well as other analytical data like the Air Quality Index from the Environmental Protection Agency and FEMA's National Risk Index.

US News also looked at other factors too like housing affordability, unemployment rates, and average salary. Learn more about the methodology used by US News & World Report, here.

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Top Three Best Places to Live in the US

Major metropolitan locations like Green Bay, Wisconsin, Huntsville, Alabama, and Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina hold the Top Three spots on the US News & World Report's list of the 150 Best Places to Live in the US in 2023-2024.


Best Place to Live in Indiana

Coming in at #33 on the list of Best Places to Live in the US in 2023-2024, and also the highest ranking Indiana city on the list is Fort Wayne.

Some quick facts about Fort Wayne:

  • Metro population: 415,887
  • Median Age:  36.5
  • Median Home Price: $182,512
  • Average Annual Salary: $50,330
  • Unemployment Rate: 7.7%

Fort Wayne Home Prices Nearly Half of the National Average

US News points out that the cost of living in Fort Wayne is significantly lower than the national average. The national average cost to purchase a home in the United States in 2021 was $365,616 but in Fort Wayne, it was nearly half the national average at just $182,512.

Other Indiana Cities on the List of Best Places to Live in the US

Not only did Fort Wayne come in at #33 on the list of 150 Best Places to Live in the US, but it ranked #15 for Best Places to Retire and #5 for Cheapest Places to Live. To learn more about this, and other US real estate news, visit US News & World Report online here. Other Indiana cities on the list of Best Places to Live include Indianapolis at #68 and South Bend at #76.

[Source: US News and World Report]

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