Today, I’ve decided to take a look at the best cities in Indiana for retirement. These are cities with active communities, relaxing cities, cities with a lot of things to do, and cities that just don’t cost too terribly much to live in. One thing I discovered is that there’s a city in Indiana that has actually made the top ten list for most affordable cities to retire in in the entire United States. So, here they are – your seven best choices for retirement.
Everywhere you look, you're going to find out that Columbus is considered to be the best city for retirement in the state. This is also the city I was talking about that ranks in the top ten in the USA. While you're in Columbus, you absolutely have to enjoy an ice cream soda for just $3 and some change from Zaharakos. This being an establishment that has managed to look the exact same since it opened in the year 1900.
The area has tons of beautiful buildings and lots of public art to enjoy. There's a beautiful wildflower garden and recreational shopping is a pretty big deal.
Bloomington, Indiana is an ideal place to retire if you're looking for something that offers a more cultural experience. Most agree that Bloomington is always packed with things to do. This makes it a great place to retire if you are someone who wants to get out and make the most of your days. The cost of living is 7.1 percent below the average which is an added bonus.
There are three big reasons why people decide to retire to Fishers– location, green space, and safety. Fishers is known for having a significantly lower rate of crime than other cities in Indiana. It also has a police department and EMS department that has earned national accreditation. The town does a good job of creating a community feel with free movie nights and free concerts during the summer.
Lafayette is another great option if you're looking for a cultural experience. There are a lot of theatres, a symphony orchestra, and a ballet company for you to enjoy. The city is home to Elliot Hall which is one of the largest music halls in the entire United States. This music hall puts on more than 1,000 different events each season. More so than just music and culture, history buffs can also enjoy Lafayette to the fullest with the Gibson Farm House so close by.
5. South Bend
South Bend is known for being the home of the University of Notre Dame. It's also known for being the home to several other great institutes of higher learning. Thanks to these colleges, this is a very diverse community with a lot of things to do. In fact, activities and events take place in this city regardless of what season it is. The city is also known for having art galleries, museums, and sporting events to enjoy. It's even home to all kinds of different modes of transportation. In fact, South Bend is considered a great biking community.
Carmel is one of the small, but quickly growing cities in Indiana. It has a well-deserved reputation as a town that is very big on celebrating art. Biking and fitness are also pretty big deals here. This is a progressive city that has active plans to make this a livable city for individuals who have retired. The art and design district as well as the city center and community center are two prime examples. It even offers extensive biking trails for those who prefer biking as a mode of transportation. If you are someone who enjoys exercise, art, and culture – this is a great place to retire.
7. North Manchester
Did you know Martin Luther King Jr. gave his last speech at a college campus in North Manchester? As of a 2010 census, this town was home to just 6,000 people. It's also home to at least one retirement community for individuals who are interested in retiring and being a part of a special community. North Manchester had the honor of being named “Small Town USA” by the ABC’s Good Morning America. It's a very low cost place to live and it's reasonably safe with a low crime rate.
There you have it! The seven best cities for retirement in the state of Indiana. Did any of these options surprise you? Do you think there’s a better place to retire than one on this list? Please feel free to share your thoughts with me in the comments!