Residents of East Central Indiana enjoy the best of both worlds.
They benefit from a lower overall cost of living, compared to major metro areas such as Indianapolis, while also enjoying East Central Indiana's good transportation network that makes it easy for them to drive to big cities when needed. Residents and businesses benefit from the excellent infrastructure that puts Indianapolis with an hour’s drive, Fort Wayne and Dayton within an hour and a half, and Cincinnati within two.
The cost of living savings in East Central Indiana are present all around, including housing costs in Muncie that are 10 percent lower than in Indianapolis, for example. In the smaller city of Richmond in Wayne County, housing costs are 24 percent less than Indianapolis.