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If you’ve got your heart set on retiring in the Midwest, Indianapolis could present a great move. The capital of Indiana is the heart and hub of the state, providing so many reasons for making this urban area your hometown. Livability has twice ranked the thriving Indianapolis among the Top 10 Best Downtowns in the country, and here are five more reasons to retire in Indiana.
#1. So easy to get around. Let’s say you want to get out and have fun, but the temperature feels a bit too hot or too cold. In Indianapolis, you can make your way around the city without stepping outside, thanks to the skywalk system, a network of enclosed walkways. You can comfortably venture along a climate-controlled platform to Circle Centre mall, Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts), the convention center, plus a wide array of shopping, dining, entertainment, and attractions—with a panoramic city view every step of the way. If you’re driving, I-465 (known as “the 465”) wraps around the perimeter of Indianapolis, making it easy to get to where you’re going.
#2. Name your fun. As the capital city of Indiana, Indianapolis has more ways to fill your spare time than the amount of time you have to fill. Art galleries, museums, shopping, theatres, events, dining, and sports are available all year long. The Indianapolis Museum of Art is renowned for its exhibits, and also presents outdoor movie screenings throughout the summer. The Independent Music and Art Festival, Strawberry Festival, and the largest half-marathon in the country (OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon) draw large crowds of visitors. Take the Indy Canal Walk along the Central Canal, a three-mile loop that can be toured by foot, bike, pedal boat, kayak, or even a gondola. The 64-acre Indianapolis Zoo features the White River Gardens, a glass-enclosed conservatory, water gardens, and walkways—a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.
#3. Where else can you find a state park in the middle of a city? When you retire in Indianapolis, you CAN have it all. Get all the advantages of city life with an easy trip to a rural experience. Indianapolis is the only city in the United States with a state park. The White River State Park is a 250-acre oasis, with plenty of green spaces and walking trails, as well as the historic Old Washington Street Pedestrian Bridge, Central Canal Walkway, and Celebration Plaza. The Indiana State Museum is situated in the park, and includes an IMAX theater with a movie screen that rises six stories in height. The White River State Park is also home to the Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum, NCAA Hall of Champions, and an outdoor concert venue.
#4. You can live well AND within your means. You can enjoy everything that Indianapolis has to offer and still live affordably. The cost of living is lower than the national average for housing, groceries, utilities, and healthcare. Speaking of healthcare, Indiana University Health has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the “Best Hospitals in America” for 14 years in a row.
#5. Hoosier daddy? Indiana is nicknamed “The Hoosier State”. The name applies to anyone born here, as well as the Indiana University teams. If you choose to live in Indiana, you will not be an Indianan, but a Hoosier, after a law was passed in 2017. Be prepared to cheer on your teams—collegiate and pro. In addition to the Hoosiers, you have the local Butler University Bulldogs and the Jaguars of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, and the WNBA’s Indiana Fever are hometown teams that will give you plenty of action. The AAA team of the Cleveland Indians, the Indianapolis Indians, presents the future of the MLB. You can also head over to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the annual Indy 500 race each May. Create the retirement you’ve envisioned with the opportunities presented in Indianapolis—a city that gives you a unique blend of rural and urban experiences.