These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Indiana


We analyzed over 73 places in Indiana to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Indiana.

But where exactly in Indiana? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Indiana that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in New Whiteland don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Hoosier State to retire:

  1. New Whiteland
  2. Elwood
  3. Beech Grove
  4. Kendallville
  5. Garrett
  6. Auburn
  7. Alexandria
  8. Evansville
  9. Kokomo
  10. Munster

Why did New Whiteland take the top spot? And where are Indianapolis and Fort Wayne? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Hoosier State

To create our list of the best places in Indiana to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Hoosier State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 73 places from across the state.

For these 73, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 73, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case New Whiteland, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. New Whiteland


Population 2014: 5,646
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 708
New Whiteland ranked 1 overall thanks to its 34 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.

2. Elwood

Elwood, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,569
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 45 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,053
Elwood ranked 2 overall thanks to its 5 place rank for cost of living and 18 place safety rank.

3. Beech Grove

Beech Grove, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,301
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,545
Beech Grove ranked 3 overall thanks to its 22 place rank for cost of living and 54 place safety rank.

4. Kendallville

Kendallville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,847
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 100 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,026
Kendallville ranked 4 overall thanks to its 15 place rank for cost of living and 29 place safety rank.

5. Garrett

Garrett, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,213
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,074
Garrett ranked 5 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 30 place safety rank.

6. Auburn

Auburn, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,972
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,143
Auburn ranked 6 overall thanks to its 34 place rank for cost of living and 22 place safety rank.

7. Alexandria

Alexandria, Indiana

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Population: 5,100
Cost Of Living: 78
Distance to Closest Airport: 49 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,156
Alexandria ranked 7 overall thanks to its 5 place rank for cost of living and 23 place safety rank.

8. Evansville

Evansville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 120,220
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 101 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,243
Evansville ranked 8 overall thanks to its 22 place rank for cost of living and 70 place safety rank.

9. Kokomo

Kokomo, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,958
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 52 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,925
Kokomo ranked 9 overall thanks to its 10 place rank for cost of living and 44 place safety rank.

10. Munster

Munster, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,325
Cost Of Living: 108
Distance to Closest Airport: 20 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,744
Munster ranked 10 overall thanks to its 69 place rank for cost of living and 13 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Indiana goes to New Whiteland.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Avon
  • Angola
  • Hobart

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Indiana

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
New Whiteland 1 5,646 84 14 708
Elwood 2 8,569 78 45 2,053
Beech Grove 3 14,301 82 11 4,545
Kendallville 4 9,847 81 100 3,026
Garrett 5 6,213 80 107 3,074
Auburn 6 12,972 84 107 2,143
Alexandria 7 5,100 78 49 2,156
Evansville 8 120,220 82 101 6,243
Kokomo 9 56,958 80 52 3,925
Munster 10 23,325 108 20 1,744
Tipton 11 5,288 82 41 1,928
Dyer 12 16,322 110 23 1,255
Mount Vernon 13 6,607 83 109 5,100
Hammond 14 79,585 88 17 4,370
Zionsville 15 24,559 144 19 631
Muncie 16 70,035 77 58 4,534
Linton 17 5,368 78 29 3,912
West Lafayette 18 30,843 98 60 1,235
Fishers 19 81,060 107 24 1,026
Frankfort 20 16,488 80 40 5,100
Cumberland 21 5,243 91 18 4,157
Greenwood 22 52,799 95 12 4,000
Bloomington 23 81,963 98 40 3,367
La Porte 24 22,153 81 54 3,525
Danville 25 9,258 95 11 1,382
Washington 26 11,758 79 55 5,766
Griffith 27 16,765 98 24 3,018
Greenfield 28 21,012 88 28 1,865
Carmel 29 83,474 112 18 991
La Porte 30 22,153 81 65 3,525
Logansport 31 17,933 76 71 4,711
Decatur 32 9,511 82 74 2,060
East Chicago 33 29,387 87 18 5,005
Marion 34 29,403 76 66 4,560
Greensburg 35 12,160 85 49 879
Terre Haute 36 61,040 80 3 5,258
North Manchester 37 6,080 82 93 1,315
Lowell 38 9,347 100 38 1,348
Lawrenceburg 39 5,022 87 11 2,966
Warsaw 40 14,179 89 105 3,547
Crawfordsville 41 15,988 83 39 4,103
Franklin 42 24,193 88 20 4,245
Boonville 43 6,220 82 97 3,279
Valparaiso 44 31,745 106 41 2,060
Lafayette 45 69,982 83 55 5,397
La Porte 46 22,153 81 92 3,525
Anderson 47 55,789 78 40 4,803
Gary 48 79,165 82 24 6,017
Fort Wayne 49 255,784 84 95 3,584
Bargersville 50 6,324 99 13 2,166
Westfield 51 32,426 114 22 1,409
Mishawaka 52 48,120 85 82 5,108
Bedford 53 13,384 81 59 3,907
New Albany 54 36,496 83 80 5,932
Jasper 55 15,177 88 75 1,192
Cedar Lake 56 11,653 102 33 2,076
Bluffton 57 9,621 81 76 3,637
New Haven 58 15,612 83 90 2,222
Brownsburg 59 22,618 100 9 1,786
Nappanee 60 6,639 87 93 1,807
Charlestown 61 7,802 83 68 2,947
Elkhart 62 51,539 83 85 5,683
Lake Station 63 12,369 87 29 5,158
Goshen 64 32,297 87 91 3,950
Columbus 65 45,522 91 40 4,494
Clarksville 66 21,579 84 77 8,679
Jeffersonville 67 45,869 86 74 3,723
Merrillville 68 35,262 96 31 3,825
Indianapolis 69 835,097 89 8 6,246
Mooresville 70 9,459 98 8 3,414
Hobart 71 29,136 96 30 6,256
Angola 72 8,610 93 89 4,308
Avon 73 14,570 100 6 4,598

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