These Are The 10 Best Fort Wayne Suburbs For 2018


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

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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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Fort Wayne for 2018:

  1. Leo-Cedarville (Photos | Homes)
  2. Ossian (Homes)
  3. Auburn (Photos | Homes)
  4. Avilla (Homes)
  5. New Haven (Photos | Homes)
  6. South Whitley (Homes)
  7. Decatur (Photos | Homes)
  8. Rome (Homes)
  9. Albion (Photos | Homes)
  10. Paulding (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Leo-Cedarville, 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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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 18 suburbs to evaluate around Fort Wayne.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 18 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, Leo-Cedarville.

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.

1. Leo-Cedarville

Leo-Cedarville, Indiana

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,721
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Median Home Price: $177,700
Median Income: $74,047
More on Leo-Cedarville: Real Estate | Data

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

Everyone here is rich; families average $74,047 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Fort Wayne region. And only 1.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $177,700 each.

2. Ossian

Population: 3,770
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Median Home Price: $119,300
Median Income: $56,226
More on Ossian: Real Estate | Data

Ossian is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Fort Wayne for 2018.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 10.9% of residents lack insurance, good for 11th best.

3. Auburn

Auburn, Indiana

Population: 12,758
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $104,500
Median Income: $45,948
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data

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.

4. Avilla

Population: 2,260
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Median Home Price: $102,000
Median Income: $42,738
More on Avilla: Real Estate | Data

Avilla ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fort Wayne for 2018.

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

5. New Haven

New Haven, Indiana

Source: Public domain

Population: 15,677
Unemployment Rate: 6.9%
Median Home Price: $96,000
Median Income: $46,691
More on New Haven: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is New Haven.

New Haven gets kudos for having the 5th most expensive homes in the Fort Wayne area, where houses sell for an average of $96,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. South Whitley

Population: 2,014
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%
Median Home Price: $85,700
Median Income: $45,573
More on South Whitley: Real Estate | Data

South Whitley 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 8.6% which is 14th best in the area.

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

7. Decatur

Decatur, Indiana

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,384
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $91,200
Median Income: $40,840
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Decatur.

Decatur 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 21.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Rome

Population: 32,673
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $94,100
Median Income: $44,348
More on Rome: Real Estate | Data

Rome 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 5.6% of people lack insurance, good for 4th in the area.

9. Albion

Albion, Indiana

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,536
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%
Median Home Price: $87,100
Median Income: $47,000
More on Albion: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Albion?’

Almost.

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.

10. Paulding

Paulding, Indiana

Population: 3,615
Unemployment Rate: 5.9%
Median Home Price: $79,600
Median Income: $44,191
More on Paulding: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 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 2018

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.

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Detailed List Of The Best Fort Wayne Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Leo-Cedarville 3,721 1.7% $177,700 $74,047
2 Ossian 3,770 2.8% $119,300 $56,226
3 Auburn 12,758 3.9% $104,500 $45,948
4 Avilla 2,260 2.7% $102,000 $42,738
5 New Haven 15,677 6.9% $96,000 $46,691
6 South Whitley 2,014 8.6% $85,700 $45,573
7 Decatur 9,384 7.2% $91,200 $40,840
8 Rome 32,673 5.5% $94,100 $44,348
9 Albion 2,536 8.7% $87,100 $47,000
10 Paulding 3,615 5.9% $79,600 $44,191
11 Bluffton 9,702 4.3% $92,100 $38,982
12 Huntington 17,340 6.7% $77,300 $39,011
13 Garrett 6,620 7.5% $84,100 $41,971
14 Hicksville 3,110 5.5% $82,500 $41,372
15 Waterloo 2,166 13.5% $73,800 $43,056
16 Butler 2,636 7.5% $71,400 $41,721
17 Kendallville 9,980 9.5% $90,800 $37,407
18 Columbia 4,847 9.6% $87,800 $28,313

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