Best Places To Retire In Indiana For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Indiana.

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If you are nearing the age of 65, you don't have time to 'Wander Indiana,' you need to know where the best places to retire are located in The Hoosier State now.

So, let's get down to it. HomeSnacks has taken the guessing out of the equation: we did the research and created a list of the top ten best places in Indiana to retire for 2020.

How'd we determine the best places to retire in Indiana? Well, we know that when people are searching for the best places to retire, they are also looking for things like convenience, affordable healthcare, and an economy that protects their bottom line. So, to identify Indiana's top ten, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 48 cities. We looked at important factors like cost of living, crime, amenities, rent
and distance to closest national airport for every place with over 10,000 residents.

We discovered that Indiana really does look out for the best interest of their retirees. This is one of thirty states that does not tax Social Security benefits and they do not have an estate or inheritance tax. That's a win for everyone!

If you've never been to Indiana and you'd like to learn a little more about the state before you commit your retirement years, take a look here. But if you're ready to pull the chute, keep reading.

So, where are the best places to retire in Indiana? Keep reading.

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

It's not lost on us that many of the best places to retire in are also Indiana's safest places. The two usually go together and that's how it should be. And while most of Indiana's best places to retire are centered around Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, the number one best place to retire is not.

So, where is the best place to retire in Indiana? According to the latest data, Crawfordsville is the best place to retire in Indiana for 2020.

To see how your favorite places in Indiana compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

For more Indiana state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Indiana For 2020

Crawfordsville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,053
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $640
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.

Decatur, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,331
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $595
Distance to Closest Airport: 74 miles
More on Decatur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Decatur is a city in Root and Washington townships, Adams County, Indiana, United States. It is the county seat of Adams County. Decatur is home to Adams Memorial Hospital, which was designated as one of the "Top 100" Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. The population of Decatur was 9,405 at the 2010 census.

Auburn, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,162
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $687
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.

Chesterton, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,899
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $929
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on Chesterton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships of Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 13,068 at the 2010 census. The three towns of Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and Porter are known as the tri-towns or the Duneland area.

St. John, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,839
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Rent: $799
Distance to Closest Airport: 27 miles
More on St. John: Real Estate | Data | Photos

St. John is a town in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The town of St. John has homes in St. John Township, Hanover Township, and Center Township. St. John was founded in 1837. The population was 14,850 at the 2010 census. In 2009, St. John ranked 48th among CNN's top 100 places to live in the United States. In 2014, St. John was ranked as the 4th safest place in Indiana by Movoto Real Estate.

Bedford, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,285
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $674
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
More on Bedford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,813
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $842
Distance to Closest Airport: 20 miles
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin is a city in Johnson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 23,712 at the 2010 census. Located about 20 miles south of Indianapolis, the city is the county seat of Johnson County. The site of Franklin College, the city attracts numerous regional sports fans for the college teams, as well as audiences for its art events.

Zionsville, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 26,209
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,305
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.

Peru, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 11,460
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $660
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.

Crown Point, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,368
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,032
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 2020

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 48 places from across the state.

For these 48, 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 48, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Crawfordsville, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Indiana Yet...

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

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 Crawfordsville 16,053 $640
2 Decatur 10,331 $595
3 Auburn 13,162 $687
4 Chesterton 13,899 $929
5 St. John 16,839 $799
6 Bedford 13,285 $674
7 Franklin 24,813 $842
8 Zionsville 26,209 $1,305
9 Peru 11,460 $660
10 Crown Point 29,368 $1,032

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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