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Indiana’s tax and regulatory environments rank as fourth best in the nation for job creation and economic growth. With a seven percent sales tax and hard cap on property taxes, the cost of living and owning a home in Indiana is significantly lower than competing states.
Burgeoning Life Sciences Sector
Indiana’s growing life sciences industry delivers a $44 billion economic impact, playing host to 825 companies and employing more than 50,000 healthcare workers. Compared to other states and regions, Indiana has a significant competitive advantage because of a targeted economic initiative known as BioCrossroads, which focuses on cultivating a skilled workforce, engaging university and academic institutions (including Indiana University Health) and increasing access to capital for research and innovation.
The Crossroads of America
Nicknamed the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana is intersected by more interstate highways than any other state in the nation. Within one day’s drive, you can reach 80 percent of the U.S. population from Indiana. Along with the state capitol of Indianapolis, other nearby metropolitan areas include St. Louis, Cincinnati, Nashville, Louisville and Chicago. Indiana also claims four international airports.
More Than Corn
There’s no denying the beauty of the Indiana countryside. But there is much more to the Hoosier landscape than rolling hills and farmland. Bordered by the Ohio River and Lake Michigan, Indiana features many natural lakes and reservoirs for outdoor recreation.
Indiana boasts four distinct seasons, allowing residents to enjoy the best of both worlds.
Twelfth largest city in the country.
Second largest city in the Midwest.
One of the fastest growing regions in the U.S.
So why is everyone making the move?
Indianapolis has become one of the best success stories in the Midwest. With a booming downtown business district, breathtaking historic neighborhoods and growing suburbs, Indianapolis is a vibrant, progressive city with a small town feel — offering something for everyone.
More For Your Money
The cost of living in Indianapolis is nearly 18 percent less than the national average for major metro areas. In fact, Indianapolis was just named one of the top "5 Places With Good Jobs And Cheap Housing." Nearby Fishers has been named as a CNN Money.com Best Places to Live. The city of Carmel just north of Indianapolis, also made the top 20 list. An easy commute from all major suburbs, Indy buyers get more home for their dollar compared to other cities.
Dine, Mingle & Shop
With more than 300 unique bars and restaurants, there is always a place to meet new people and enjoy a variety of cuisine to match every palate. Whether it’s downtown or in one of the city’s many distinctive neighborhoods, Indianapolis is home to more than 200 retail stores. Shopping options range from upscale clothing boutiques and eclectic art galleries to Circle Centre Mall, located in the heart of downtown, which features over 100 stores and a movie theater.
An On-Going Education
Indianapolis has abundant opportunities to foster and further education. There are 11 school districts for elementary through high school students and 11 colleges within the city limits, most notably the Indiana University School of Medicine, IUPUI and Butler University. Indianapolis is also home to the Eiteljorg Museum and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the largest in the world.
As the Amateur Sports Capital of the World and the Racing Capital of the World, Indianapolis keeps sports fans cheering through every season. Indianapolis is home to 10 sports teams including the Indianapolis Colts, the Indianapolis Pacers and the Indianapolis Indians.
The city hosts the Indianapolis 500, which is the biggest single-day sporting event in the world, and it is home to NASCAR’s the Brickyard 400. Over the last decade, Indianapolis has also become a frequent host of the nation’s largest college sporting events, including the Men’s and Women’s NCAA Final Four. In 2012, the city will add the one of the largest sporting attractions in the world to its resume, when it hosts Super Bowl XLVI.
Enjoy the Great Outdoors
For those who take pleasure in outdoors adventures, Indianapolis boasts over 200 parks utilizing more than 10,000 acres of land. Eagle Creek Park covers 3,900 acres making it one of the largest municipal parks in the county. There are also two well-known pedestrian paths for biking and exercise: the Monon Trail (16.7 mi. long total, 10 mi. in the city) and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail which connects various downtown neighborhoods with the city’s finest arts and cultural attractions.
Indianapolis has much to offer all of its residents and welcomes newcomers with open arms. And as the circle city continues to grow, there will always be a new attraction for the masses to enjoy.