There is plenty of speculation on how the term “Hoosier” came about, but two things are certain: it refers to anyone who lives in the state of Indiana, and practically everyone who resides there is proud of it.

The Hoosier State is known for having several cities that offer an exceptional quality of life. And one of the best things about living in Indiana is its affordability. The state has a cost of living that’s an impressive 13% lower than the national average, and its unemployment rate of 3.6% is lower than all its neighboring states. The median home price in Indiana is $140,700, which is $79,000 below the national average!

Excellent schools are abundant in Indiana. For instance, the state capital, Indianapolis, has 100 public elementary, middle, and high schools, along with 158 private schools. Nineteen of its high schools have been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools rankings, with the Signature School in Evansville ranking tenth in the entire nation.

There are also ten colleges or universities in Indianapolis, two of which have earned spots on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.

Several significant employers – Eli Lilly and Company, Anthem Inc., Simon Property Group, and NCAA — are headquartered in or near the city, which means job opportunities are plentiful.

While Indianapolis is the largest city in the state, it’s not the only one that’s noteworthy. Here are some other gems from which to choose:

Carmel

Ranked #3 on Money Magazines best places to live in 2018, Carmel is one of the fastest-growing communities in America.  Residents can take advantage of two large retail centers, while the newly opened $300 million Carmel City Center, a mixed-use development, offers dining, shopping and a variety of services. The Carmel Farmers Market is the largest in Indiana.

South Bend

Of course, South Bend’s primary claim to fame has been as the home to the University of Notre Dame and its Fighting Irish sports teams, but it is also well known as an economic and cultural center in northern Indiana. There are numerous economic development projects in the city along with amenities such as annual festivals and plenty of nightlife venues.

Bloomington

Bloomington is home to Indiana University and its 48,500 students. The city’s economy is strengthened by manufacturing, technology, and education, while its cultural appeal comes from various theater companies and other forms of entertainment.

Muncie

Home to Ball State University, Muncie is known for its music, restaurants and nightlife. Thanks to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie’s residents have access to excellent healthcare.

Columbus

Located on the White River, Columbus has several sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but it also has buildings with modern architectural designs. Cummins Inc., the Fortune 500 engine manufacturer, has its headquarters in the city.

Are you looking to settle down in Indiana?

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