National rankings highlight Indy job growth, affordable cost of living, and unique culture

Indianapolis is moving out of the shadows. The midwestern city can no longer be called a “best kept secret.” Top-tier national media outlets have been praising and recognizing Indianapolis for its’ unbeatable atmosphere, job growth and affordability.

We have plenty more than just the cornfields and interstates that earned us the “Crossroads of America” moniker that we can’t seem to shake. There really is more than corn in Indiana, check it out:

#2 among Cities that are Secretly Great for Tech Grads (DataFox)

Indy earns a spot on this list for it’s commitment to developing tech talent looking to enter its growing tech scene through supporting local initiatives like Plan 2020 and the Global Cities Exchange. They recognize the advantage that our less congested city brings when it comes to young, ambitious graduates trying to jump start a tech career and get noticed by the high-quality business leaders that fill Indianapolis.

5th for Women in Tech (Fast Company)

Women working in tech in Indy are paid slightly more than men in the same tech jobs, fill 29.4% of tech jobs in the city, and have a 7% projected employment growth over the next three years.

#9 among Cities Creating the Most Technology Jobs (Forbes)

The tech industry in Indianapolis boasts an outrageous 50.4% employment growth over the last decade as well as a 10.6% growth rate in the more broad category STEM occupations.

 6th for Top Cities for Tech Jobs (Fast Company)

“An ideal city for young professionals looking for an affordable and a strong work/life balance”, The city was recognized for being home to three Fortune 500 companies—Eli Lilly and Company, Anthem Inc. and Simon Property Group, having a plethora of open tech jobs needing filled, as well as the cultural appeal of local arts and design districts, walking trails, and major sporting events everywhere you turn. 

With generous incentives, a favorable bond rating and stable outlook, and low corporate, gasoline, and individual income taxes, the Hoosier State is the least expensive for cost of doing business as well as ranking 4th for cost of living in the United States.

8th Best Place for Business and Careers (Forbes)

Indianapolis’ major job sectors including healthcare, insurance, education, and finance create a diverse economy that grows and improves year after year with a pipeline of talent funneling into businesses from Indy’s unrivaled higher education institutions.

#1 Most Affordable Housing Market (CNN Money)

“In terms of housing markets, Indianapolis is as steady as they come”, earning a spot on the list in part due to it’s similarly stable economy boasting few drastic peaks or troughs in recent history. With a healthy median income, home prices in the metro area less than half the national median home price with 93.3% of homes considered “affordable”, and flat farm land as far as the eye can see in the surrounding areas, theres room for development and expansion in all directions.

10th Best City for Young Professionals (Forbes)

Indianapolis is praised year after year for their below-average unemployment rate and strong projected employment growth rate, creating a favorable outlook for jobs in the city. Coupled with comparable entry-level median salaries and a cost of living consistently below national average, we are a city genuinely affordable at any price point.

#2 among Best Cities for Mid-Career Professionals (Forbes)

The Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson area gives a favorable outlook to those professionals who have atleast 10 years in the industry with average salaries ranking high and unemployment ranking low. Mix that with a low cost of living and median house prices, and Indy proves itself as a great place to work and live no matter your age.

7th Most Underrated City for Millennials (Huffington Post)

With so much to love about Indy, it ranks high among millennials for it’s affordability, some of the best new restaurants in the Midwest popping up 0n every corner, volume of cultural attractions and experiences – one for every 705 residents, and it’s reputation for one of the best cities for form relationships in the country.

#1 Most Affordable Housing Market (CNN Money)

“In terms of housing markets, Indianapolis is as steady as they come”, earning a spot on the list in part due to it’s similarly stable economy boasting few drastic peaks or troughs in recent history. With a healthy median income, home prices in the metro area less than half the national median home price with 93.3% of homes considered “affordable”, and flat farm land as far as the eye can see in the surrounding areas, theres room for development and expansion in all directions.

3rd Best Downtown City (Livability)

With downtown Indianapolis divided into historic neighborhoods, recently updated to retain their historic, charming look while adding an air of sophistication each one has evolved into a destination that attracts families and young professionals. With many of these neighborhoods situated along Indy’s walking and biking trails, they have convenient access to the cities amenities like local and unique shopping and dining as well as cultural and nature districts. And with the 250-acre urban White River State Park, the city’s arts district touting local galleries, bars and restaurants, and shops along Mass Ave, and Indy sports fans cheering on their favorite teams year round, there is never a shortage of things to do   here.

17th among America’s Favorite Cities (Travel and Leisure)

Our Midwest city offers a welcoming place for visitors  no matter your interests. From professional sports teams to college ball, cerebral museums such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, to a lighter approach to fun at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame, Indy has something for everyone.

 

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