The 10 Best Places To Retire In Indiana For 2019


We analyzed over 55 places in Indiana to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Indiana.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Indiana is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Jasper as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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.

Why did Jasper take the top spot? And where are Indianapolis and Fort Wayne?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

For Indiana state reading:

Jasper, IN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 15,790
Rank Last Year: 102 (Up 101)
Median Rent: $583
Distance to Closest Airport: 75 miles
More on Jasper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jasper is a city in, and the county seat of Bainbridge Township, Dubois County, Indiana, United States, located along the Patoka River. The population was 15,038 at the 2010 census making it the 48th largest city in Indiana. On November 4, 2007, Dubois County returned to the Eastern Time Zone, after having moved to the Central Time Zone the previous year. The land uses are mainly agriculture.

Crawfordsville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,996
Rank Last Year: 46 (Up 44)
Median Rent: $636
Distance to Closest Airport: 39 miles
More on Crawfordsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crawfordsville is a city in Union Township, Montgomery County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 15,915. The city is the county seat of Montgomery County. It is home to Wabash College, which was ranked by Forbes as #12 in the United States for undergraduate studies in 2008.

Auburn, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,758
Rank Last Year: 88 (Up 85)
Median Rent: $649
Distance to Closest Airport: 107 miles
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Auburn is a city in DeKalb County, Indiana, United States. The population was 13,086 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1836 by Wesley Park, the city is the county seat of DeKalb County. Auburn is also known as Home of the Classics.

Peru, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,415
Rank Last Year: 28 (Up 24)
Median Rent: $604
Distance to Closest Airport: 72 miles
More on Peru: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Peru is a city in, and the county seat of, Miami County, Indiana, United States. The population was 11,417 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous city in Miami County. Peru is located along the Wabash River, which divides the city in two.

Review Of Peru by HomeSnacks User

I was born in Peru Indiana. It is the least happy and most backward town I have ever lived in. The residents are mean. There is nothing to do. The education system there stinks.

The best place in Peru is probably the local pizza joint. The worst place was the high school.

Bedford, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,341
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 27)
Median Rent: $633
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
More on Bedford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Zionsville, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 25,709
Rank Last Year: 111 (Up 105)
Median Rent: $1,182
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Zionsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Zionsville is a suburban town located in the extreme southeast area of Boone County, Indiana, United States, northwest of Indianapolis. The population was 14,160 at the 2010 census, and grew to 26,784 in the Census 2016 estimates.

Frankfort, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,447
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 28)
Median Rent: $643
Distance to Closest Airport: 40 miles
More on Frankfort: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Frankfort is a city in Clinton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 16,422 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Clinton County.

Logansport, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 17,924
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $630
Distance to Closest Airport: 71 miles
More on Logansport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Logansport is a city in and the county seat of Cass County, Indiana, United States. The population was 18,396 at the 2010 census. Logansport is located in northern Indiana at the junction of the Wabash and Eel rivers, northeast of Lafayette.

La Porte, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 21,876
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 23)
Median Rent: $646
Distance to Closest Airport: 65 miles
More on La Porte: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Porte is a city in LaPorte County, Indiana, United States, of which it is the county seat. Its population was 21,732 at the 2016 Statistics. It is one of the two principal cities of the Michigan City-La Porte, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin Combined Statistical Area.

Crown Point, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 28,743
Rank Last Year: 76 (Up 66)
Median Rent: $945
Distance to Closest Airport: 32 miles
More on Crown Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Crown Point is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 27,317 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated in 1868. On October 31, 1834, Solon Robinson and his family became the first settlers to an area that later became Crown Point. Because of its location, Crown Point is known as the “Hub of Lake County”.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Hoosier State for 2019

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 — 680 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren’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.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Indiana 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:

  1. Mishawaka
  2. South Bend
  3. Lafayette

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Indiana?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Jasper 15,790 $583
2 Crawfordsville 15,996 $636
3 Auburn 12,758 $649
4 Peru 11,415 $604
5 Bedford 13,341 $633
6 Zionsville 25,709 $1,182
7 Frankfort 16,447 $643
8 Logansport 17,924 $630
9 La Porte 21,876 $646
10 Crown Point 28,743 $945

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