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:
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.
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.
Population: 8,569Cost 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
Population: 14,301Cost 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.
Population: 9,847Cost 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.
Population: 6,213Cost 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.
Population: 12,972Cost 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.
Population: 5,100Cost 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.
Population: 120,220Cost 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.
Population: 56,958Cost 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.
Population: 23,325Cost 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:
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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Indiana