These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Indiana


We used data and science to determine which places in Indiana go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said “she works hard for the money” and these places in Indiana definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Indiana where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the Hoosier State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 95 largest places in Indiana, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. New Castle
  2. Connersville
  3. Muncie
  4. Marion
  5. Hartford City
  6. Logansport
  7. Wabash
  8. Huntington
  9. Garrett
  10. Kendallville

So listen up Munster as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The Hoosier State

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Indiana to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 95 places in Indiana that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. New Castle

New Castle, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,066
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 82
Housing: 47
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 78

2. Connersville

Connersville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,479
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 82
Housing: 48
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 78

3. Muncie

Muncie, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,033
Services: 85
Groceries: 91
Healthcare: 82
Housing: 51
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 78

4. Marion

Marion, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,088
Services: 96
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 92
Housing: 45
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 93

5. Hartford City

Hartford City, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,207
Services: 96
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 92
Housing: 45
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 93

6. Logansport

Logansport, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 17,855
Services: 97
Groceries: 87
Healthcare: 95
Housing: 45
Transportation: 89
Utiltiies: 95

7. Wabash

Wabash, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,644
Services: 96
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 92
Housing: 49
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 93

8. Huntington

Huntington, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,385
Services: 96
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 92
Housing: 51
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 93

9. Garrett

Garrett, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,987
Services: 96
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 92
Housing: 52
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 93

10. Kendallville

Kendallville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,943
Services: 96
Groceries: 92
Healthcare: 92
Housing: 53
Transportation: 88
Utiltiies: 93

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Indiana

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
New Castle 1 18,066 85 91 82
Connersville 2 13,479 85 91 82
Muncie 3 70,033 85 91 82
Marion 4 30,088 96 92 92
Hartford City 5 6,207 96 92 92
Logansport 6 17,855 97 87 95
Wabash 7 10,644 96 92 92
Huntington 8 17,385 96 92 92
Garrett 9 5,987 96 92 92
Kendallville 10 9,943 96 92 92
Bluffton 11 9,565 96 92 92
Decatur 12 10,062 96 92 92
Greensburg 13 11,527 85 91 82
Alexandria 14 5,167 97 95 98
Washington 15 11,552 92 93 92
Frankfort 16 16,433 97 87 95
North Manchester 17 6,017 96 92 92
Elkhart 18 51,293 88 90 92
Vincennes 19 18,374 92 93 92
La Porte 20 22,077 88 90 92
Michigan City 21 31,442 88 90 92
Columbia City 22 8,503 96 92 92
Crawfordsville 23 15,958 97 87 95
New Haven 24 14,624 96 92 92
Mishawaka 25 48,107 88 90 92
Elwood 26 8,677 97 95 98
Tell City 27 7,287 92 93 92
Fort Wayne 28 253,617 96 92 92
Westville 29 5,873 88 90 92
Angola 30 8,552 96 92 92
Anderson 31 56,097 97 95 98
Auburn 32 12,760 96 92 92
North Vernon 33 6,616 102 96 90
Mount Vernon 34 6,677 92 93 92
Gas City 35 5,918 97 95 98
Monticello 36 5,384 97 87 95
Kokomo 37 54,402 97 95 98
Bedford 38 13,436 102 96 90
Boonville 39 6,267 92 93 92
Warsaw 40 13,620 88 90 92
Lafayette 41 67,302 97 87 95
Goshen 42 31,569 88 90 92
Linton 43 5,408 107 96 109
Tipton 44 5,094 97 95 98
Evansville 45 119,226 92 93 92
Nappanee 46 6,509 88 90 92
Huntingburg 47 5,739 92 93 92
Beech Grove 48 13,949 98 94 99
Brazil 49 7,786 107 96 109
Martinsville 50 11,890 98 94 99
Terre Haute 51 60,850 107 96 109
Charlestown 52 7,607 102 96 90
Gary 53 81,153 106 108 100
Madison 54 12,048 102 96 90
Lawrenceburg 55 5,023 93 93 95
Jasper 56 14,982 92 93 92
New Albany 57 36,450 102 96 90
Clarksville 58 22,122 102 96 90
Mooresville 59 9,383 98 94 99
Indianapolis 60 831,230 98 94 99
Ellettsville 61 6,367 98 94 99
East Chicago 62 29,789 106 108 100
Greenfield 63 20,545 98 94 99
Cumberland 64 5,205 98 94 99
Franklin 65 23,857 98 94 99
Lake Station 66 12,596 106 108 100
New Whiteland 67 5,498 98 94 99
Jeffersonville 68 44,683 102 96 90
Lawrence 69 45,779 98 94 99
Greenwood 70 50,457 98 94 99
Greencastle 71 10,343 107 96 109
Columbus 72 44,306 98 94 99
Danville 73 8,981 98 94 99
Hammond 74 80,658 106 108 100
West Lafayette 75 30,047 97 87 95
Brownsburg 76 21,749 98 94 99
Bargersville 77 5,237 98 94 99
Bloomington 78 80,440 98 94 99
Noblesville 79 52,987 97 95 98
Lowell 80 9,225 96 90 104
Batesville 81 6,727 93 93 95
Avon 82 12,542 98 94 99
Cedar Lake 83 11,484 96 90 104
Hobart 84 28,933 106 108 100
Griffith 85 16,875 106 108 100
Westfield 86 30,081 97 95 98
Merrillville 87 35,201 106 108 100
Crown Point 88 27,477 96 90 104
Fishers 89 76,835 97 95 98
Carmel 90 80,060 97 95 98
Zionsville 91 23,134 97 95 98
Valparaiso 92 31,347 106 108 100
Chesterton 93 13,571 106 108 100
Dyer 94 16,283 106 108 100
Munster 95 23,460 106 108 100

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