Living in Northeast Indiana

Midwestern Values, and a Midwestern Cost of Living, Make Northeast Indiana the Perfect Home Base

Northeast Indiana has more than just cornfields—our region’s 11 counties are home to the state’s second-largest city, more than a hundred beautiful lakes, a famous children's zoo, and a diverse array of cultural attractions. It’s the perfect place to begin a new career and tackle new challenges; the perfect place to meet new neighbors and make new friends and raise a family.

Each of our 11 counties has something unique to offer, from the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, host of the “World’s Greatest Classic Car Show and Festival,” to beautiful Lake Wawasee in Syracuse, to the famous Swiss community of Berne. At the center of it all is Fort Wayne, which Business Insider ranked as having the lowest cost of living in the country.

Here a few more things you should know about living in Northeast Indiana:

1.) Northeast Indiana is a military-friendly community.

The 122nd Fighter Wing is based at the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base. Northeast Indiana takes great pride in this unit and has welcomed service members home from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Indiana National Guard also has a large presence in the community. Fort Wayne is also home to the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System. In addition to the Fort Wayne VA campus, the VA has partnered with Parkview Health to provide mental health services to local military veterans.

2.) Northeast Indiana is affordable.

Fort Wayne has been ranked by Thrillist and Livability as one of the top 10 Cheapest Big Cities in America and the Best Affordable Places to Live. has also ranked Fort Wayne as one of the Hottest Real Estate Markets. The wide open spaces in the region offer even more affordable options, with even more room to roam.

3.) Northeast Indiana has a Hoosier sensibility.

What does “Hoosier sensibility” mean? It means a common-sense point of view mixed with a passion for basketball. It means starting a Saturday at an air show and starting a Sunday at one of the 360 churches in Fort Wayne, often called the “City of Churches.” It means checking out one of Fort Wayne’s new breweries one weekend, and then dining on Wagyu beef at Joseph Decuis, Indiana’s "farm to fork" restaurant destination.

Northeast Indiana has more than just cornfields—our region’s 11 counties are home to the state’s second-largest city, hundreds of beautiful lakes, and a diverse array of cultural attractions.

4.) Northeast Indiana is home to terrific schools.

Two public school districts in Northeast Indiana, Southwest Allen and Northwest Allen, are ranked among the top 10 in the state by Niche. Northeast Indiana is also home to one of the largest concentrations of New Tech schools in the country. Both the University of Saint Francis and Huntington University have been nationally recognized for academic excellence, and Purdue University Fort Wayne and Indiana Tech have received Military Friendly School (MFS) designations.

5.) Northeast Indiana is the place for outdoor adventures.

Do you enjoy mountain biking? Northeast Indiana has over 100 miles of trail to explore. Do you love winter excursions? Pokagon State Park in Steuben County is home to the famous toboggan run. Have you always wanted to try canoeing? Rent a canoe at Chain O’Lakes State Park and paddle the nine interconnected lakes. And if the outdoors aren’t your thing, the major metropolitan areas of Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, and Columbus, Ohio, are all a short drive away.

A vibrant downtown center. Summer days on the lake. Affordable cost of living. Are you ready to be our neighbor?

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