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 Jasper don’t mind us spreading the word.
Here are our top ten places in the Hoosier State to retire for 2018:
- Jasper (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Crawfordsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Auburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Peru (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bedford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Zionsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Frankfort (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Logansport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- La Porte (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Crown Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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 55 places from across the state.
For these 55, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 55, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Jasper, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.
Population: 15,790Median Rent: $583
Distance to Closest Airport: 75 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,367
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Jasper was founded in 1818. The Enlow family were the first settlers of the town. Jasper was originally going to be called Eleanor, the wife of settler Joseph Enlow, but she opted to suggest a name herself, and named the city after a passage in the Bible (Revelations 21:19).
Population: 15,996Median Rent: $636
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,938
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As of 2016, Crawfordsville has twelve properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Three of the properties are currently museums: Gen. Lew Wallace Study, Henry S. Lane House, and Montgomery County Jail and Sheriff’s Residence. Two of the properties are historic districts: Crawfordsville Commercial Historic District, and Elston Grove Historic District. Two listings are active churches: Bethel AME Church of Crawfordsville, and Saint John’s Episcopal Church. The others properties are currently used as a law office (Otto Schlemmer Building), senior apartments and recreation center (Crawfordsville High School), a private residence (McClelland-Layne House), the headquarters of the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter (Col. Isaac C. Elston House), and a former hospital renovated for senior apartments Culver Union Hospital.
Population: 12,758Median Rent: $649
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,124
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Auburn’s site on Cedar Creek was chosen by Wesley Park and John Badlam Howe at the intersection of two major trails, Goshen-Defiance Road and Coldwater Road, and next to the land of John Houlton. The name for the community likely came from ‘The Deserted Village’ by Oliver Goldsmith, that begins ‘Sweet Auburn! Loveliest village of the plain.’ The plat of the Village of Auburn is dated April 21, 1836, but it was held by Howe and not recorded until March 12, 1879. John Drury purchased the first lot (Lot 73) for $25.00 on September 5, 1837. The first store was built at Park’s corners by Thomas Freeman, applying for a license on March 5, 1838, and bringing supplies by horseback from Fort Wayne. Daniel Altenburg, Levi Walsworth, the Sherlock family, Samuel Sprott, David Weave, David Shoemaker, Henry Curtis, Lyman Childsey, James Cosper, and David Cosper were early residents.
Population: 11,415Median Rent: $604
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,723
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On August 18, 1827, Joseph Holman bought land near the confluence of the Mississinewa and Wabash Rivers from Jean Baptiste ‘Pechewa’ (Wildcat) Drouet de Richardville, the chief of the Miami Indians. The sale was approved on March 3, 1828 by President John Quincy Adams. On March 12, 1829, Holman had the land surveyed and laid out into the town of Miamisport.
Population: 25,709Median Rent: $1,182
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 540
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Zionsville was laid out in 1852 when the railroad was extended to that point. It was named for William Zion, a pioneer settler.
Population: 16,447Median Rent: $643
Distance to Closest Airport: 40 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,277
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Brothers John, William and Nicholas Pence, previously of Warren County, Ohio, settled on the land on which Frankfort now stands in 1829, having entered it from the government in 1827and 1828. In 1830, the brothers donated 60 acres (240,000 m2) of the land to the county commissioners, a donation which led to the establishment of the county seat at that site rather than in Jefferson, a community which had also been vying for the honor. The new town was named Frankfort at the brothers’ request and honors their German great-grandparents’ home of Frankfurt am Main.
Population: 17,924Median Rent: $630
Distance to Closest Airport: 71 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,620
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Logansport was settled circa 1826 and named for a half Shawnee soldier named James Renick-Logan, better known as ?Captain Logan? who served as a scout for U.S. forces in the surrounding area during the War of 1812.
9. La Porte
Population: 21,876Median Rent: $646
Distance to Closest Airport: 65 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,922
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The settlement of La Porte was established in July 1832. Abraham P. Andrew, one of the purchasers of the site, constructed the first sawmill in that year. The first settler arrived in October, building a permanent cabin just north of what would become the Courthouse square. In 1833 a Federal Land Office was established in La Porte. People would come to this office from newly established surrounding counties to buy land from the government, including Solon Robinson, founder of Crown Point. The office was moved to Winamac in 1839.
10. Crown Point
Population: 28,743Median Rent: $945
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,290
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On October 31, 1834, Solon Robinson and his family became the first settlers to stake a claim in the area that would eventually become Crown Point. In February 1837, Lake County was incorporated, with Liverpool, Indiana, as the county seat. Later that year, Solon Robinson funded a US$500 project to build a new wooden county courthouse in Crown Point, and thus Crown Point became the county seat. However it wasn’t until 1868 that Crown Point was actually incorporated into a city. In 1878 construction began on a new, more impressive county court house and clock tower. This new court house, known as the Grand Old Lady, was built in the center of town and would become the dominant feature of Crown Point (further additions to this courthouse would be made from 1907?1928). Campaigning for the presidency of the United States, William Jennings Bryan addressed a crowd from the steps of the court house in 1896. In 1897 a crowd of 4,000 gathered to watch a winning harness racing horse bred by noted Chicago theater manager Will J. Davis and his famous wife, contralto Jessie Bartlett Davis. The Davis’ bred trotters and dogs at their Crown Point farm c.1885-1917 (Chicago Daily Tribune, Aug 8, 1897, pg 7). Crown Point was the site of the first Cobe Trophy automobile race, won by Louis Chevrolet in 1909. The Old Lake County Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and the new Lake County Government Center opened on the north side of the city the next year. Because Crown Point had no waiting period for marriage licenses, the city became a popular place to get married and became known as the ‘Marriage Mill’. Many famous people came to Crown Point to be wed, including Tom Mix, Rudolph Valentino, Cassius Clay, and Jackson 5 patriarch Joseph Jackson. Certain online sources claim that Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman were married in Crown Point, including the website of current mayor David Uran. However, Reagan and Wyman were in fact married in Glendale, California, according to Fox News, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.
Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Indiana goes to Jasper.
If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:
- South Bend
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