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Getting to Know Fort Wayne, IN

Nicknamed the Summit City, Fort Wayne sits at the highest elevation along the Erie Canal, and is home to a thriving employment and recreation region. In 2016, Fort Wayne had a recorded population of more than 264,000 residents, making it the second largest growing city in the state. With 86 public parks spanning the city and bike-friendly trails intertwined throughout, Fort Wayne is an ideal destination for young families and active outdoor enthusiasts.

 

Fort Wayne Attractions

Fort Wayne is home to the African/African-American Historical Museum, which displays educational exhibits about the history of Africans and African-Americans in the local region from 1810 to present. If you're a lover of music and the performing arts, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra is a must-see. The Orchestra's home base, the Embassy Theatre, has also hosted performers like Louis Armstrong and Doris Day, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

Fort Wayne Apartments and Neighborhoods
From riverfront apartments in the Downtown Improvement District to more suburban digs nestled in quiet communities, Fort Wayne neighborhoods accommodate the varying lifestyles of its residents. Singles and retirees benefit from being close to the hub of downtown life, while families with children are best served by the more residential areas, such as Brierwood Hills, Woodland Lake and The Knolls, which have better access to high-ranking schools.

 

Jobs in Fort Wayne
The job market in Fort Wayne is thriving, with the healthcare industry highly ranked among top employers. Another bustling industry is technology, which is unsurprising as Fort Wayne hospitals have been ranked as some of the "most wired" in the country. The defense industry is also big in Northeast Indiana, and companies like Raytheon and General Dynamics employ residents in Fort Wayne.

 

Free Things to Do in Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne offers an abundance of free entertainment from weekly live music and outdoor movie screenings to free museum admission. Check out some of our top picks below:

  • Jazz Jam: Head downtown every first Thursday of the month for live music and entertainment hosted in the main square.
  • Franke Park: Hit the "slopes" after snowfall for sledding and tubing adventures in this hill-studded park.
  • Fort Wayne Museum of Art: Visit the museum on Thursday evenings between 5 and 8 p.m. for free admission.
  • Foellinger Theatre Summer Movie Series: Join locals every Wednesday evening during the summer for a free outdoor movie screening.
  • Downtown Library Concerts: The Allen County Public Library hosts a free concert in the plaza every Saturday night throughout the summer, starting at 6 p.m.
  • Aboite Trails: Stay active by biking or hiking on the scenic 18 miles of trails that run through Fort Wayne.

 

For Families with Kids
The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo is a must-do for families, with over 1,000 animals on display, along with train and pony rides and interactive feeding exhibits the children will love. Fort Wayne is backed by a strong public school system, with Homestead Senior High School, Carroll High School and Fred High Croninger Elementary School noted as standouts.

 

Fort Wayne Golfing
On warm days, don't miss the opportunity to get outdoors and play 18 holes at the Autumn Ridge Golf Club. With picturesque views of 17 on-site lakes and rolling greens, the course makes for an ideal outing for beginners and seasoned players alike.

 

Shopping in Fort Wayne

If you like to shop, there are plenty of retail outlets in Fort Wayne. Glenbrook Square boasts department stores like Macy's, Sears and JCPenney, along with more than 100 specialty stores. For an outdoor shopping experience, head to Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center, home to Von Maur and more than 60 additional stores, such as Barnes & and Noble, Williams Sonoma, Francesca's, Yankee Candle, Loft and more.


Lake Getaways near Fort Wayne
Travel 55 minutes from Fort Wayne to Salamonie Lake for a peaceful retreat with swimming, hiking, fishing and boating. Head to Fox Island, less than 20 minutes away, for a quick day trip where you can hike the scenic trails, play with your furry friend at the dog park and swim at the beaches.

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Average Rent in Fort Wayne

Studio1 Bed2 Bed3 Bed
Dec 19$757$814$1,038$1,089
Oct 197698481,0211,136
Sep 197578601,0521,092
Aug 196538621,0591,142
Jul 196269461,0921,161
Jun 196268641,0571,064
May 196268621,0331,088
Apr 196268621,0391,108
Mar 196228671,0341,120
Feb 196208701,0351,067
*The rent information included in this summary is based on a median calculation of multifamily rental property inventory on Apartment Guide and Rent.com over the past 12-months and is for illustrative purposes only. This information does not constitute a pricing guarantee or financial advice related to the rental market.

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