Indianapolis, IN, commonly referred to as a flyover city, is continually growing to break through that misnomer. If you aren’t from Indianapolis, you might not realize all of the amazing things that you can eat, drink, and do. In fact, there is so much more than sports and trees in the USA's 12th largest city.
I know I said there was more than sports, but it would be wrong to not mention them at all. Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis Colts (NFL), the Indiana Pacers (NBA), the Indiana Fever (WNBA), the Indy Fuel (ECHL Western Conference), the Indy Eleven (NASL), and the Indianapolis Indians (Minor League Baseball), and a few other smaller sports teams. It’s also worth noting that the largest single day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500, takes place on the west side of the city every year. Butler University is also located in Indianapolis and continues to have a high-ranked college basketball team from year to year. Indianapolis has world-class sports facilities and hosts major US qualifying events frequently (including diving, swimming, and gymnastics). It also served as the host city for the 2012 Super Bowl, which brought major growth and funding to projects around the city.
Craft beer is huge and continues to grow in Indianapolis, IN. In the metro area alone, there are over 30 breweries with a pint for every type of beer drinker. Several Indianapolis breweries have received awards in the Great American Beer Festival in the past few years, including Bier Brewery, Sun King Brewing Company, Taxman Brewing Company, and Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company. If you appreciate beer and like to keep trying new kinds of beer, Indy will always have a new brew to try.
Indianapolis is becoming quite the place for foodies. A Bon Appetit article even compared some of our restaurant scene to that of Brooklyn in NYC. There’s something for almost every appetite, including vegan and vegetarian options at most restaurants. We, of course, have the standard chain restaurants, but our bustling neighborhoods are opening more locally owned restaurants with specialized fare. New restaurants are opening almost monthly in the city, so there is bound to be something for whatever you’re craving. Also, Indy is home to the famous St. Elmo Steakhouse where the shrimp cocktail is to die for, not to mention the freshly ground horseradish will clear your sinuses.
The arts scene in town continues to thrive with new organizations and galleries forming all the time. According to the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the arts industry in the city generates $384 million in economic activity each year. Theatre is alive and well in the city with a mix of community theaters and professional theatre. Not to forget the annual Broadway Across America series that stops at Old National Centre and Clowes Memorial Hall a few times each year. Two major arts districts in the city, Fountain Square and Mass Ave, are usually bustling with activity during the evenings and weekends. From art galleries, live performance venues, and small business storefronts – if you’re looking for creative outlets, there are plenty of opportunities.
Museums are also very popular, and the city is home to the world’s largest children’s museum, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The museum holds over 120,000 artifacts and specimens. Hands-on experiences for children and families are spread out over five floors with new exhibits all the time. Also worth mentioning is the Indiana State Museum, which holds approximately 300,000 artifacts and an IMAX movie theatre on the premises. The museum produces exhibits about life in Indiana from the prehistoric times to the present. If those aren’t your types of museums, consider the Indianapolis Museum of Art which also has great outdoor spaces or the Indiana Medical History Museum which is housed in a historical pathology lab that is one of the oldest in the nation.
If you’re a single person or you’ve got a family of kids, renting in Indianapolis won’t break your budget. Overall, the cost of living in Indiana is 7% lower than the national average. In pretty much any neighborhood around the city, you’ll see a mix of young people, families, and retirement age folks. From luxury high-end apartment rentals to subsidized apartments, downtown is great place to live within your budget. Other neighborhoods, such as Irvington and Fountain Square, have a seen real estate boom in recent years as homes have been rehabbed and families move in. The suburbs also have also continued to grow in recent years, so if the city life isn’t for you, don’t discount the suburbs of Carmel, Fishers, Greenwood, Avon and Speedway.
Public transportation is a bit of a struggle in Indianapolis. The IndyGo bus system continues to improve, but you’ll most likely still need a car to get around the city. Uber and Lyft, as well as standard taxi services are also available.
Indianapolis is a growing city that only continues to improve year after year. If you’re looking for an urban lifestyle with a small town touch with great opportunities to set down roots, don’t overlook Indianapolis.