15 Reasons Why Living In Indianapolis Is Great For College Grads

1. Living In Indianapolis Means You’ll Have More Room In The Family Budget

Living In Indianapolis

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As amazing as it is to have a big family, the budget can get pretty tight. But in Indianapolis, your family will be able to save a ton on the important things seeing as the cost of living is 11.8% less than the national average. And, based on an index of 100, Indianapolis’ cost of living comes in under the average at 99 for health care, 94 for groceries, and 91 for utilities.

2. You’ll Be Able To Buy Your Family’s Dream Home

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One of the best parts about Indianapolis’ cheap cost of living is just how affordable the housing market is. The median cost for homes in Indianapolis is $119,900, which is a whopping 34% less than the national average of $188,900.

3. Get Ready For Beautiful Summers

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While Indianapolis definitely has some cold, snowy winters, the summers make it all worth it. The weather is perfect in the summer, with temperatures averaging in the high 70s and there are plenty of gorgeous sunny days to soak up all the city has to offer.

4. Rest Assured Your Children Will Be Getting A Great Education

Education In Indianapolis

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Indianapolis has some great schools that range from public, to private, to magnet, to charter schools. On GreatSchools, 17 of the public, private, magnet, and charter schools in the area rank a 7 or higher on a scale from 1-10. Schools like the Ernie Pyle School, Speedway Junior High School, and Cardinal Ritter High School are just some of these amazing schools. Additionally, the average student-to-teacher ratio in Indianapolis is 17:1, which is right on par with the national average, meaning your child will get plenty of care and attention throughout their academic experiences.

5. There Will Be Job Opportunities Galore

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Glassdoor ranks Indianapolis as the 19th best place in America to find jobs, so if you’re headed to Indianapolis and are on the search for a job or looking to branch out into a new career path, you’re definitely coming to the right place.

6. Your Kids Will Have Plenty Of Chances To Be Active

Opportunities In Indianapolis

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Indianapolis has tons of opportunities for your kids to engage in youth sports and athletics. There are plenty of youth leagues in the area, including football leagues, soccer leagues, baseball leagues, and basketball leagues. Check out the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis for some great health education, nutrition, and athletics programs for kids. There’s also extensive youth programs at the Indiana Sports Corp, such as the CHAMPS Grant Program, Geared for Health: Sports Equipment for Kids, Big Ten Basketball Middle School Curriculum and the Marathon in 51 Days program. Plus, the Indiana Sports Corp events often include opportunities for youth in fitness and education.

7. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Will Be A New Favorite Trip

Museum In Indianapolis

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One of the best parts of living in Indianapolis is being so near to one of the best children’s museums in the state: the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. There are tons of educational opportunities for children of all ages, both permanent and traveling exhibits, that range in topic such as space travel, geography, culture, science, and creative arts and theater opportunities. Everything here is hands on and encourages children of all ages to learn and explore! Stay in touch with the museum to find out when there’s free or reduced priced admission, as well as free workshops, exhibits, and performances throughout the year!

8. The Indianapolis Museum Of Art Will Make Your Children Little Picassos

Art Museum In Indianapolis

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The Indy With Kids Program at the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a great way to get your children interested in art. There are family-friendly spaces all throughout the museum that encourage children of all ages to explore the world of art, as well as provide them with opportunities to create some art themselves! The program has everything for children and families, such as gallery games, tours, drop-in art activities, classes and workshops, as well as special art events.

9. Get The Freshest Produce at Indianapolis Farmers Markets

Market In Indianapolis

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Indianapolis is home to several amazing farmers markets, including Indianapolis City Market which has excellent selection of produce and baked goods and is filled with awesome vendors and merchandise. There’s also the Locally Grown Gardens grocery store, which always has delicious and fresh fruits and veggies, offering a range of natural and organic grocery foods.

10. Make Science Rad At Rad Science’s Skatepark Physics Exhibit

State Museum In Indianapolis

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The Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis has some pretty epic exhibits for kids. There’s even a well-known Skatepark physics exhibit that allows kids and teens to explore an awesome skatepark while also learning the physics behind the art of skating. You can take lessons, watch expositions, and learn about physics simultaneously!

11. Indianapolis Has Acres Upon Acres Of Awesome Park Space

Parks In Indianapolis

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Indianapolis has a TON of park space: there are 192 parks in Indianapolis. Check out any one of the recreational parks and areas, such as Eagle Creek Park, Krannert Park, or Riverside Regional Park. The parks have everything from traditional playgrounds, to large open fields, to splash pads for kids!

12. Get Dramatic At The Young Actors Theater

Theater In Indianapolis

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The Young Actors Theater in Indianapolis provides a great space for kids and teens interested in theater and the arts. With plays going on all throughout the year, children and teens have the opportunity to explore their creative genius while meeting other budding actors, artists, singers, and musicians.

13. Check Out The Game Room For Teens In Rhodius Park

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Not all cities have safe spaces where teens can hang out with friends and socialize, but Indianapolis is different. There’s the Game Room in Rhodius Park that is a place for teens and the young at heart to play foosball, ping-pong, bowling, laser tag, arcade games, and more. It a teen’s dream hangout spot.

14. There’s No Better Time Than Story Time At Books & Brews

Books & Brews In Indianapolis

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Indianapolis is a hub for early childhood education. One such example of opportunities for kids to start learning early on is the Children’s Story Time at Books & Brews, a cafe, bookstore, and (yes) bar for all to enjoy! There’s a weekly, free storytime for children of all ages that’s always a family favorite (and the delicious coffee and beer for Moms and Dads don’t hurt either).

15. The Urban Chalkboard Reinvents Family Time

Childhood Development In Indianapolis

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A new concept of a “play cafe” for children is starting to sweep the Indianapolis area, and The Urban Chalkboard is one of these spaces. Children and their caregivers are encouraged to explore a variety of unique play opportunities at the Urban Chalkboard, a “cafe-like” area that was designed by two PhD students who focus on Early Childhood Development. The space takes into consideration all different types of play that encourages development of young children, such as a soft area for children under 18 months, a kitchen, a wooden structure, teepee, train table, and reading nook are just a few of the spaces available.

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