Indiana's history has proven that its nickname, "The Crossroads of America," is appropriate. For the original French trappers and traders who came her, Indiana was the link between north and south. Later, American settlers moved through the land on their way west, and in the years leading up to the Civil War, the Underground Railroad flourished here. Today, Indiana still acts as America's crossroads, with its transportation systems helping move products all over the nation. However, despite its image as a place that people move through, Indiana is a great place to look for apartment rentals and settle down.
Indiana's population of 6.6 million can really spread out over the 1.1 million acres of land available for outdoor recreation. Sports enthusiasts and nature lovers alike enjoy the state's abundant forests, nature preserves and wildlife and fishing areas. For those who prefer to watch their sports from the comfort of the couch in their apartments, they can take their pick from the Indiana Pacers professional basketball team, the Indianapolis Colts in pro football, and of course the annual Indianapolis 500.
Indiana's climate is made up of hot summers and cold winters, so apartment rentals with good heating and air conditioning may be a priority for you. July and August can get uncomfortable when temperatures reach the 90s and the humidity set in. Come winter, as much as 40 inches of snow falls in some areas and the temperatures easily drop down into the teens. Spring and fall, however, are very pleasant, mild seasons.
The state boasts a strong economy, with recent growth in size and diversity. With an estimated Gross State Product of approximately $190 billion annually, Indiana's economy ranks as the 16th largest in the country. Couple that with a low cost of living and affordable housing, and Indiana becomes an attractive place to look for apartments for rent.
Indianapolis is not only Indiana's largest city; it's actually the 12th largest city in the United States, with a population of more than 80,000. It's been ranked eighth in a list of "America's Best Places to Live & Work," based on its economic growth, urban renewal and community focus. The downtown area is an exciting destination with its enormous sports stadiums, museums, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Another draw is the Indianapolis 500 race, held every Memorial Day. Living costs in Indianapolis are consistently near or below the national average, with the cost of apartment rentals more than 8% lower than the national average.
Indiana's second largest city, Fort Wayne has been called a "metropolis with soul." It's no wonder why 205,000 people choose to call this city home; it's earned the title of "All-American City" as well as the City of Livability Award. Fort Wayne is not too hot and not too cold, with an average July temperature of 84, and lower temperatures and snowfall in winter. Apartments for rent start at about $300-$400 for a small one-bedroom, and you can find very nice apartments for $800-$1,000.
Evansville is another city with the coveted title of an "All-American City." Its convenient location in the heart of the Midwest, economic strength and welcoming atmosphere make Evansville a great place to explore apartment rentals. It's considered a safe city with low crime rate, and newcomers always remark on the warmth and friendliness of the community. The cost of living is affordable; it's not hard to find attractive apartment rentals in the $500-$600 range.