Post # 1
FI and I are talking about moving out of state after I graduate next year because we’ve both lived in Missouri all of our lives and want to possibly change that. Being an artist, I’ve heard areas around Indianapolis are fabulous because of the art museums/galleries etc. Wondering if there are any Indy bees out there that can fill me in about what life’s like out there- nice people? economy? political climate? what do you like/not like about living there?
Thanks, bees! 😀
Post # 3
And if there are any other good places to check out in Indiana, please, don’t hesitate to post! 🙂
Post # 4
I live in Indiana (about an hour from Indy)–Lafayette area. Indiana is very Republican. It’s economy is influenced a lot by the pharmaceutical industry. Northern Indiana (my home town of Warsaw) is the orthopedic capitol of the world (makes medical implants) and projector screens. It’s very safe economically right now in Warsaw because of the implant industry (people always need them). Warsaw and it’s surrounding area has a lot of lakes, so that was always fun growing up and it’s a really safe area. The city I’m currently in has huge Caterpillar, Alcoa, Tate and Lyle, and Subaru plants.
What I dislike most is how conservative the state is, and I’m not a liberal either. I’m not a fan of our governor, he’s really set the state up for future issues by leasing out our toll-roads, Indianapolis’ parking meters, and other things. We’re running budget deficits and it’s really affecting our public schools. However, I do have to say there is a lot of wealth in Zionsville, Carmel, and Fishers. I also do not like the weather.
What I do like is the affordability (not so much in the rich suburbs of Indy) but if you go off to Bloomington, Lafayette, Ft. Wayne, South Bend, Evansville, it’s really affordable. We have a lot of universities in our state and the state’s community college offers a lot of adjunct professor positions.
Also, I have an uncle that lives in Westfield and he loves it. I have some family that live in Greenwood (south of Indy) and it’s “okay.” I have some other family that live in Terre Haute and it’s pretty nice there.
Post # 5
I live about an hour from Indy.. in Bloomington, IN. My FH and I are probably going to be moving to Indy within the next 6-12 months for his job. Greenwood is a nice place to live (it’s actually around where we are looking) because it’s about 6 miles outside of Indy so you aren’t right in the city and it’s a super nice town and traffic isn’t that bad (until you get into Indy itself.)
Good luck on your move!
Post # 6
I failed to mention that Elkhart County did have the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. (county directly North of where I’m from). It’s starting to pick back up though.
Post # 7
I had read on other websites about the “far right” thing- i wanted to see if that was true- we kind of just float “in the middle”- not too strong feeling about certain things, so that will be something to think about.
It’s cool to see all of the different opinions about the different places- keep em’ comin! 😀
Post # 8
I lived in Indy for several years and Bloomington for a year and a half. Bloomington has a fairly vibrant cultural/artistic community – there is a great world music festival (Lotus Fest) ever fall and monthly gallery walks, plus a few more progressive theaters. Indy really is evolving – over the past few years the city has spent considerable more money and time supporting the arts. Check out indyarts.org for more specific info about local arts organizations and events. I used to be the art director at a small art center in Zionsville, IN – just 5 minutes north of Indy. The community in Zionsville is a little more conservative, but does support the arts and hosts a great community-wide gallery walk every fall.
There also are several ‘new’ restaurants and bars that are more urban. Friends of mine own Pizzology in Carmel (suburb north of Indy) – they make really fabulous pizzas. Other great restaurant/bars to check out would be Recess, Patachou, Ball and Biscuit, White Rabbit Caberet.
Post # 9
We are an incredibly red state, but there are still pockets of blue! Indy and Bloomington stand out the most.
I live in the Center Grove part of Greenwood, and it has a really great school system. If you go just north of Indy (Noblesville, Carmel) you’re cost of living will drastically increase. Greenwood is pretty affordable, though.
There’s pretty much always road construction, but there are a ton of interstates, which is pretty nice. I can’t imagine living more than 10-15 minutes away from one.
I’m not sure if you’re more into rural or urban areas, but Nashville, IN has a great artist community and it’s really picturesque. There are a ton of cute little shops and art galleries in that area.
If you like urban areas, I would check out places near Broad Ripple for galleries. I work in Indy, and I used to cover it as a journalist, so let me know if you need any more recommendations!
Post # 10
Neato! I’ve heard of broad ripple and it looks super cool. I think starting out, we’ll stay in MO, but in a few years we’ll be eyeballing it!
Post # 11
I live in Fort Wayne. It’s about 2 hours north of Indianapolis. I like it OK, but I’m from St. Louis so it was a shock moving to a smaller town/city.It has a great zoo, an art museum, tons of parks and nice people. Northeast Indiana (where the city is) has been hardest hit by the economy. One town has had one of, if not the highest unemployment rate in the country.
I visit Indy often and it’s great. Excellent downtown. Great suburbs. Good schools.
The political climate in Indiana, I feel, is pretty far to the right. Indy and Fort Wayne and South Bend will be more liberal, what with colleges being there, but the rest of the state is pretty conservative. People around here aren’t really OK with change – big debate about a casino going on right now.
But overall, Indiana is a good family place. Weather is the same as Missouri, just bit colder up north.
Hope this has helped!
Post # 12
I have a house in the Terre Haute area. I haven’t been around much the past year, but it’s a nice town with a lot of history. I believe they just opened a new children’s museum and the downtown area is really starting to flourish. It’s about 2 hours from Indy. Very affordable.
I love Indy. Especially the downtown area, there is always something to see. On our last trip there they had an Indians game, BBQ festival with concerts, we took a ride in a horse-drawn carriage down along the canal and our driver was an aspiring jazz musician, then we stopped in a little cafe and had fresh baked cookies and strawberries dipped in chocolate. I’ve been all around the US and Indy is a city I would live in. We, also, aren’t very political.
By the way, I like St. Louis and the surrounding area! We try to take a long weekend there every summer.
Post # 13
i love indy. i grew up in northwest indiana and went to college in chicago – lived there for 4 years…one thing that is AWESOME about indy is the housing market – while there’s obviously more expensive homes – the area we live in (south broad ripple) we bought our 2 bedroom – full basement (not finished, but very usable) – for $75,000 – our mortgage is only $600 / month! 😀
the only thing i DON’T like about iny is all the damn construction. but once it’s all said and done, 465 (the interstate around indy) will be SO awesome!
i honestly don’t know that much about the arts scene here – which is sad because i used to be in theatre for years before I moved down here – but never got into it here…
check out: http://www.indyarts.org
it is fairly republican as far as the politics go. i really like our governor (Mitch Daniels).
Post # 14
I agree with the sentiment that Indiana is more Republican based (even though the majority voted for Obama during the last election). I think you find more liberal thinking near the higher populated areas or college towns.
Our state isn’t in deficit (Thanks to the govenor- Although I’m not a fan). However, all of our budgets have been cut (leaving a lot of public servants out of work – police, firemen, teachers, etc.).
I would say that you would find most Indiana residents to be generally friendly, polite, and helpful. Although, there are exceptions!
Our climate is very diverse. We definitely get all four seasons. Spring is rainy/windy. Summer is hot and sunny. Fall is cool and crisp. Winter is chilly and snowy.
Broad Ripple is a place I frequent because of the cool local shops/artists and great food. It is very artist friendly, but I have heard that the rent is high because it is in such demand there.