Considering the Midwest? You may want to consider Indiana retirement. This Midwestern state of about 6.3 million residents offers a number of very hospitable cities and small towns that are very affordable. If you enjoy four seasons, beautiful scenic farmland, NASCAR racing and/or the excitement of big time college football, Indiana might be just what you are looking for.
Ninety miles east of Chicago, in South Bend, is the University of Notre Dame. The athletic program is rich in tradition. College football has been played here for nearly 125 years and has produced more All-Americans than any other Bowl Division School. The South Bend/Mishawaka are has a population of approximately 150,000. There are some 220 churches and synagogues and over 50 freshwater lakes and steams within an hours drive. There is a large farmers market located next to the St. Joseph River that provides fresh produce from both Indiana and nearby Michigan. Local musicians and visitors from Chicago give frequent blues, jazz, and folk performances in a variety of clubs and bars as well as outdoors in the summertime. The cost of living in the area is relatively low and so ae housing prices but crime can be a problem so be sure to check the crime statistics for the area of the city that you may be interested in.
Lafayette-West Lafayette, has a combined population of about 150,000 people. It is home to Purdue University and is consistently rated as one of the overall best places to live in the United States. The beautiful turn-of-the-century architecture and historic neighborhoods make this city very appealing to many retirees. Rated as one of the country’s safest places to live, Lafayette-West Lafayette is very affordable.
Del Webb, one of the leading builders of Active Adult Communities, has chosen Fishers, as the site of its only Indiana Retirement Active Adult Community. Located just north of Indianapolis, this suburb is one of the fastest growing communities in the nation. Because of the proximity to Indianapolis, there is a wide array of cultural attractions, beautiful golf courses and recreational venues.
Located in southeastern Indiana, along the Ohio River, is Madison. This charming village of approximately 13,000 is nestled among beautiful farmland and offers a high quality of life. There is plenty of activities here throughout the year including a Bluegrass Music at the fairgrounds, a “Swing Your Sweetie” Valentines Dance, Art Jam, Madison Vineyard and Winery Tours, an Annual Quilts Show and many more. Click here for a list of festivals and events.
If you are considering Indiana retirement, the weather is a factor that you will definitely want to consider. The annual snowfall in Indiana averages less than 22 inches but Indiana is one of the most tornado-prone states in the country, ranking sixth in a list by VorTek, an Alabama company. The city of South Bend was ranked the 14th most tornado-prone city in the country, ahead of cities such as Houston and Wichita. The same company also published a list of the most tornado prone cities and states in April, with Indiana coming in first and South Bend ranking 16th. Temperatures vary widely throughout the state. The annual mean temperature is between 49°f and 58°F (9°C–12°C) in the north and 57°F (14°C) in the south. The annual mean for Indianapolis is 52°F (11°C). The average temperatures in January ranges between 17°F (–8°C) and 35°F (2°C) but has been known to dip below 0°F (–18°C) during the winter. The Average temperatures during July vary from 63°F (17°C) to 88°F (31°C).
Remember, as with any place you are considering, if you think that Indiana retirement may be right for you, be sure to visit the area you are considering at least twice, once in the winter and then again in the summer before you make your final decision.
So, is Indiana on your list of "Best Places To Retire"?
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