These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Fort Wayne, IN 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 (Homes)
  2. Arlington Park (Homes)
  3. Northside (Homes)
  4. Blackhawk (Homes)
  5. Maplewood Park (Homes)
  6. Pine Valley (Homes)
  7. Walden (Homes)
  8. New Glenwood (Homes)
  9. Southwood Park (Homes)
  10. Bass-Leesburg (Homes)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Fort Wayne that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Fort Wayne.

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How do you determine the top 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.

1. Cherry Hill

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

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2. Arlington Park

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

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3. Northside

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

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4. Blackhawk

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

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5. Maplewood Park

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

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6. Pine Valley

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

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7. Walden

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

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8. New Glenwood

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

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9. Southwood Park

Southwood Park Fort Wayne, IN

Source: Public domain

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

Southwood Park Historic District is a national historic district located at Fort Wayne, Indiana. The district encompasses 1,889 contributing buildings, 1 contributing site, 4 contributing structures, and 1 contributing object in a predominantly residential section of Fort Wayne. The area was developed between about 1906 and 1965, and includes notable examples of Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Mission Revival, and Bungalow / American Craftsman style residential architecture. Its development is directly related to the implementation of the 1912 plan for Parks and Boulevards for the city of Fort Wayne by city planner and landscape architect George Kessler.
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10. Bass-Leesburg

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

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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

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

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