U.S. News and World Report has released its list of the 150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2021-2022, and three Indiana communities made the cut. The highest-ranked Hoosier city on the list is Indianapolis, coming in at No. 66, followed by Fort Wayne at No. 73 and South Bend at No. 88.
To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.
The publication touts the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, telling readers “The Circle City has plenty to keep locals entertained.”
Fort Wayne is credited for a stronger recovery than many other Rust Belt communities that lost thousands of jobs in the 1980s. “Fort Wayne is undergoing a long-term revitalization with new living options and economic development projects centered downtown and the riverfront area,” said the publication.
Likewise, South Bend has faced economic challenges, but the publication says, “South Bend’s downtown, on the scenic St. Joseph River, has undergone revitalization in recent years, bringing new apartments and condos that are attracting young professionals and empty nesters.”
Overall, Boulder, Colorado tops the list, followed by Raleigh-Durham, NC and Huntsville, Alabama. Click here to view the list.