These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Fort Wayne For 2018


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Fort Wayne are the best of the best.

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Do you like your neighborhood? Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors? No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Fort Wayne, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Fort Wayne neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Fort Wayne are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Fort Wayne for 2018:

  1. Cherry Hill
  2. Arlington Park
  3. Northside
  4. Blackhawk
  5. Maplewood Park
  6. Pine Valley
  7. Walden
  8. New Glenwood
  9. Southwood Park
  10. Bass-Leesburg

Read on to see how we determined the places around Fort Wayne that deserve a little bragging rights.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Indiana check out the best places in Indiana overall or the worst neighborhoods in Fort Wayne.

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How do you determine the best neighborhoods in Fort Wayne for 2018?

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Fort Wayne, we had to determine what criteria defines a ‘best’.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 38 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the ‘Best City Neighborhood In Fort Wayne.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Cherry Hill.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Fort Wayne has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

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1. Cherry Hill

Population: 1,115
Median Income: $76,036
Median Home Value: $158,600

2. Arlington Park

Population: 2,582
Median Income: $75,146
Median Home Value: $147,050

3. Northside

Population: 6,482
Median Income: $48,150
Median Home Value: $83,450

4. Blackhawk

Population: 1,144
Median Income: $60,909
Median Home Value: $120,900

5. Maplewood Park

Population: 1,034
Median Income: $60,136
Median Home Value: $99,200

6. Pine Valley

Population: 1,865
Median Income: $72,234
Median Home Value: $164,500

7. Walden

Population: 1,330
Median Income: $67,722
Median Home Value: $115,700

8. New Glenwood

Population: 1,330
Median Income: $67,722
Median Home Value: $115,700

9. Southwood Park

Population: 1,637
Median Income: $51,733
Median Home Value: $97,667

10. Bass-Leesburg

Population: 1,570
Median Income: $50,043
Median Home Value: $112,700

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Fort Wayne

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Fort Wayne where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Fort Wayne:

  1. East Central
  2. Spy Run
  3. East Side

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Fort Wayne

Neighborhood Rank Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
Cherry Hill 1 1,115 $158,600 1,790 2.2%
Arlington Park 2 2,582 $147,050 2,832 2.7%
Northside 3 6,482 $83,450 4,393 10.4%
Blackhawk 4 1,144 $120,900 3,844 3.8%
Maplewood Park 5 1,034 $99,200 4,043 4.5%
Pine Valley 6 1,865 $164,500 2,168 5.4%
Walden 7 1,330 $115,700 3,239 3.9%
New Glenwood 8 1,330 $115,700 3,239 3.9%
Southwood Park 9 1,637 $97,667 4,054 7.2%
Bass-Leesburg 10 1,570 $112,700 3,636 5.0%
South Wayne 11 1,285 $70,600 5,140 10.8%
North Highlands 12 1,365 $77,100 4,599 7.8%
Frances Slocum 13 2,701 $82,340 4,630 4.5%
Glenwood Park 14 1,370 $113,300 4,225 4.4%
Westfield 15 1,173 $67,200 5,358 12.0%
North Anthony Area 16 1,771 $86,483 4,228 6.0%
Village Woods 17 1,323 $73,850 5,195 5.4%
Five Points 18 1,199 $71,567 5,092 9.6%
Crown Colony 19 1,043 $81,500 4,060 8.8%
Pontiac Place 20 1,109 $48,700 5,961 10.0%
Fairfield 21 1,565 $61,933 5,431 7.4%
Hamilton 22 2,654 $59,760 5,197 7.5%
Oakdale 23 1,732 $71,740 5,022 9.2%
Fairfield Terrace-Belmont 24 1,095 $66,000 5,240 9.3%
Oxford 25 5,084 $43,457 6,083 15.1%
Broad River 26 1,188 $51,333 5,818 13.1%
Pettit-Rudisill 27 5,199 $42,929 6,080 12.5%
Crestwood Colony 28 1,059 $82,300 4,866 9.6%
Bloomingdale 29 3,557 $54,100 5,588 9.0%
West Central 30 3,850 $57,033 5,317 8.4%
Greater Mcmillen Park 31 1,036 $46,200 6,093 11.2%
Larez 32 1,409 $34,600 6,093 12.4%
Hanna-Creighton 33 1,367 $40,300 6,093 10.7%
Nebraska 34 1,631 $55,675 5,470 8.3%
South Suburan 35 1,616 $50,267 5,909 12.7%
East Side 36 1,018 $29,900 6,093 14.1%
Spy Run 37 1,292 $52,300 5,422 9.7%
East Central 38 2,494 $32,420 6,093 9.6%

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