10 Things To Know About Relocating To Indianapolis

Dated: 03/21/2019

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In recent years, Indianapolis, Indiana has become so much more than just flyover country. This “Crossroads of America” is becoming a hub for major companies and a gathering spot for some of the country’s largest conventions. The popular saying “there is more than corn in Indiana” continues to ring true in 2019 as the city continues to improve housing and other infrastructure. As the 15th largest U.S. city, Indianapolis is a welcoming place to call home. If your work or family needs are bringing you towards Indianapolis, here are some ideas to consider for making your relocation to Indianapolis as fun and exciting as possible.

1) Where to Live

Indianapolis has so many thriving neighborhoods, but there’s plenty of options if you feel you may be more of a suburbanite. The suburbs of Carmel, Fishers, and Noblesville continue to draw families with children. However, don’t discount Indy’s other neighborhoods! Neighborhoods such as Chatham Arch, Bates-Hendricks, Fountain Square, and Meridian Kessler often draw families due to their central locations and simple commutes.

2) Which Schools to Choose

Aside from the suburban school districts, Indianapolis offers a plethora of township, city, charter, and private schools. Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) offer lottery placements, neighborhood, and magnet options dependent on a student’s interests. Private schools such as Park Tudor School and the International School of Indiana are always highly ranked. Many parochial schools also have very high academic rankings, like Brebeuf Jesuit High School and Bishop Chatard High School.

3) Transportation

Depending on where you choose to live, you will most likely need a car. Public transportation is making huge strides in Indianapolis, but until those updates are complete, cars are still necessary. Biking trails are also prominent around the city if you’d rather commute on two wheels. Indianapolis also has access to Uber, Lyft, and our very own BlueIndy cars.

4) Jobs

As a whole, the state has a very low unemployment rate. As of 2018, some of the fastest growing jobs in the state included occupational & physical therapy, web developers, and home health care. Large corporations like Anthem, Angie’s List, Finish Line, as well as the state’s largest hospitals are headquartered in Indianapolis.

5) Weather

Be prepared for a few moody bouts of weather once you’re here! It might be winter, but don’t be surprised if a 60-degree day & a thunderstorm pops up in the middle of February. Summers are typically humid and mostly sunny with only a few overcast days. Snow does happen, but there aren’t the lake effects that typically happen only 2-3 hours away. In a typical year, Hoosiers do experience all four seasons.

6) Plentiful Food Options

Indianapolis is surrounded by farm-filled counties, so the farm-to-table and farmer’s market scenes are bountiful. The restaurant scene is vibrant and established chefs continue to make a mark with their different approaches to food. No matter what side of town you’re on, you’ll find something that pleases the palate.

7) Sports

Don’t worry, Indianapolis is all about their sports! Indianapolis is home to the NCAA Headquarters after all! It’s a sports lover’s ideal place to be! With local college teams playing nearby as well as our own Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, you won’t be bored. The historic Indianapolis 500 happens every May and draws thousands of people into the city each year.

8) Arts & Culture

The Indianapolis arts scene is abundant. Indianapolis isn’t always the most supportive when it comes to funding and supporting the arts, but that doesn’t stop the creative types from producing their passions and sharing their art. There are several professional theatre & music groups that are in production year-round in different locations around the city. Indianapolis home is also home to several world-class museums such as The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields,

9) Nature

It’s true - there aren’t many mountains or oceans nearby, but within a reasonable driving distance you can get your nature fixes! Eagle Creek Park on Indianapolis’ northwest side, brings an expanse of nature to the heart of the city. Climb trees, fish, play, or hike - it’s all there for each member of your family. Drive a little further south towards Nashville, IN and visit Brown County State Park or head north to Indiana’s only National Park, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

10) People

For the most part, people in Indianapolis are very nice and the networking here is top notch. Hoosier Hospitality isn’t just a myth, it’s very real. Even though Indianapolis itself is a large city, we maintain our small town values.

If moving to Indianapolis is a reality for you, you're bound to find a place where you (and your family) will fit in. As a growing city, Indianapolis offers more and more every year. Consider making this midwest destination your next home.

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Lisa Witsken-Gearhart

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