These Are The 10 Best Fort Wayne Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 18 places around Fort Wayne to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Fort Wayne suburbs.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Fort Wayne are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

If you happen to be a resident of Ossian, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Fort Wayne ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Fort Wayne for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Fort Wayne was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Fort Wayne.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 16 suburbs to evaluate around Fort Wayne.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 16 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Fort Wayne.” We’re lookin’ at you, Ossian.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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Population: 3,899
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $59,818
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on Ossian: Real Estate | Data

Ossian is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fort Wayne area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Ossian.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $59,818 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Fort Wayne region. And only 2.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $118,900 each.

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Population: 2,332
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,045
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 9.0%
More on Avilla: Real Estate | Data

Avilla is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Fort Wayne for 2019.

It ranks 8th for incomes in the area and only 4.1% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Auburn, IN

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Population: 13,004
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $47,129
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 11.7%
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Auburn, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Fort Wayne metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Auburn.

New Haven, IN

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Population: 15,895
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,649
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
More on New Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Haven ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fort Wayne for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in New Haven and the schools are some of the best around.

Hicksville, OH

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Population: 3,088
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Income: $47,841
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 11.1%
More on Hicksville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Hicksville.

Hicksville gets kudos for having the 12th most expensive homes in the Fort Wayne area, where houses sell for an average of $82,200. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Rome

Rome Location In New York

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Population: 32,589
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $45,570
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 19.4%
More on Rome: Real Estate

Rome is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 5.2% which is 8th best in the area.

According to online reports, Rome is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Fort Wayne area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Bluffton, IN

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Population: 9,823
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $40,194
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 17.6%
More on Bluffton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bluffton.

Bluffton schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 23.8 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Decatur, IN

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Population: 9,502
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $41,004
Unemployment Rate: 6.0%
Poverty Rate: 20.2%
More on Decatur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Decatur is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 4.6% of people lack insurance, good for 2nd in the area.

Waterloo, IN

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Population: 2,227
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $47,708
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
More on Waterloo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Waterloo?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Paulding, OH

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Population: 3,408
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Median Income: $41,490
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 10.3%
More on Paulding: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Paulding.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Fort Wayne ‘Burbs of 2019

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Fort Wayne, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Fort Wayne Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Ossian 3,899 $59,818
2 Avilla 2,332 $45,045
3 Auburn 13,004 $47,129
4 New Haven 15,895 $47,649
5 Hicksville 3,088 $47,841
6 Rome 32,589 $45,570
7 Bluffton 9,823 $40,194
8 Decatur 9,502 $41,004
9 Waterloo 2,227 $47,708
10 Paulding 3,408 $41,490
11 Huntington 17,214 $42,302
12 Albion 2,363 $44,602
13 Butler 2,763 $48,620
14 Garrett 6,762 $42,277
15 Kendallville 9,592 $37,232
16 Columbia 4,852 $26,675

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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