Best Places to Live

Indianapolis, IN

Population: 865,709
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Sure, you might know Indy for its fast cars. But Indianapolis residents can also enjoy a slower pace along the eight-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail that seamlessly connects neighborhoods, cultural districts and entertainment spots. This cosmopolitan midwestern city scored high in the amenities category thanks to its thrumming cultural and outdoors scene that complement its famous race tracks.

Oh, and did we mention the growing craft brewery scene, professional sports and top-notch restaurants, too?

Local Obsession: It’s a coin toss between the Colts and the Pacers. But Feb. 4, 2007 is extremely important to this city’s history. (It’s when the Colts won the Super Bowl!)

Climate Described in 6 Words Or Less: Warm summers, cold and windy winters.

Top Industries and Employers: Health insurance company Anthem is headquartered in Indianapolis. Global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company also calls Indianapolis home and is a large employer.

Local Dream Job: Glamping attendant at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Quintessential Meal: A breaded pork tenderloin sandwich (our favorite is at the Steer-In, but we highly recommend trying these 10 iconic tenderloins around the state).

Favorite Weekend Activity: White River State Park is a good base camp for any weekend adventure, with kayaks, gondoliers and pedal boats sharing the Central Canal and a music venue inside the park. Of course, going to a concert or a sporting event in the famed Chicken Limos is bucket list-worthy. They are exactly what they sound like: quirky yellow limousines with a large chicken statue affixed to the top.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Share a charcuterie plate at Platt 99, a cocktail lounge inside The Alexander. Thanks to the colorful glass art, this spot could double as an art exhibit.

Best Brewery/Local Beer: Bring quarters to Black Circle Brewing so you can play vintage arcade games while sipping on a hard cider. And here’s some exciting breaking news: Beloved Scotland-based craft beer company BrewDog is planning a bar for Fountain Square later in 2019!

Beloved Bookstore: Books & Brews. The bookstore in the front sells gently used books, and a portion of proceeds goes to a local literacy program. A bar in the back sells craft beers named after books. Choose between a Charlie and the Chocolate Stout or Clifford, which — you guessed it — is a red ale.

Free Way to Have Fun: Discover local art at Indy’s two dozen art galleries during First Friday.

Truly Hidden Gem: Miles of secret tunnels underneath City Market. Before refrigeration, these cool catacombs were used to store meat and produce.

- Brittany Anas

Read More:

Why Indianapolis is a Great Place to Live

Moving to Indiana? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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“I would highly encourage anyone who is considering moving to Indianapolis to take the leap. And, when they land in Indy, I would advise them to visit our local farmers markets and get to know the people that are growing and cooking food here. Get to know the local food scene. Great people are doing great things, and it’s still largely undiscovered.”

- Neal Brown, Chef and Restaurant Owner at Ukiyo and The Libertine

Indianapolis, IN Ranking Data

Civic
30
Demographics
59
Economy
70
Education
50
Health
48
Housing
64
Infrastructure
64