This post is for new residents of Indianapolis or someone considering moving here. Indianapolis is a great place to live, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Chances are you’ll love Indianapolis too.

“In ten top 10 lists from various publications on several topics, Indy ranked number one on four of the lists and came in second, third, and fifth in others. Those numbers are hard to beat, and so is Indy. If you haven’t visited Indianapolis recently—it’s probably time to pay us a visit. If you’d like ideas on things to do, where to eat, where to stay, and more, go to Visit Indy. We look forward to seeing you.” Why Indy is Number One

What Makes Indy a Great Place to live?

Navigation

I’ve driven in NYC, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and Atlanta and I’ve found nowhere as easy to get around as Indianapolis. From my Westside Speedway location, I can get anywhere in Indy in less than 30 minutes at most times of day. And even during rush hour, it may be only a few minutes longer.

Sports

I’m a sports fan. I love our Colts, Pacers, and Butler men’s basketball and they are all accessible. If basketball and football aren’t your sports, we also have the Indy Eleven soccer team, Indy Fuel Hockey and did I mention Auto racing?

Museums

World class museums abound, from the largest Children’s Museum in the world to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Here are more, The Ten Best Museums in Indianapolis.

Food

Whatever cuisine is your favorite, you’ll find it here. I read a study that said you could eat at a different fine dining restaurant in Indy every day for a year and not repeat once. I  think you could make it two years or more. Here are 25 award-winning venues to begin your Circle City culinary quest, Indy’s 25 Best Restaurants.

Nightspots

Looking for the nightlife? You don’t have to go far. This one’s a little out of my comfort zone. I paved the streets the young people run today, but I no longer travel them. Here’s Yelp’s top rated venues, Top Ten Clubs in Indianapolis.

People

There are a lot of friendly people in Indianapolis. When I travel, I’m surprised how many folks aren’t as friendly as my Naptown brethren. Try it, stop a stranger and ask for directions, say hello to a passerby on the street, or start a conversation with someone in the checkout line. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Seasons

Okay, Indy’s weather isn’t for everyone. However, if you love autumn foliage, pumpkin patches, and apple orchards in the fall, Indy has you covered. If you can’t wait to plant a garden every spring, the good earth awaits you. Boating, fishing, golfing in the summer? You bet. And if you’re like me and think the best Christmas is a white Christmas—the odds are in your favor.

Cost of living

This is a big one. Indy Rocks for cost of living. Want the facts? Check out this list, Techpoint: Indy Gains National Recognition.

Forward thinking

Beginning with Unigov in 1968, which streamlined the county and city governments into one, this city hasn’t looked back and continues to set the pace for not only Midwestern cities but across the nation.

And More

Music – Classical — Indianapolis Symphony, Rock — Klipsch Music

TheaterIndianapolis Theatre Guide and my favorite Indy Fringe

ParksIndy Parks and Recreation

Don’t forget the orangutans at the Indianapolis ZooBehind the Scenes at the Indianapolis Zoo.

Are you Considering Indianapolis as Your New Home?

If you’re thinking about relocating here, in all transparency Indianapolis isn’t for everyone. If you’d rather have sunny days and warm beaches year round, don’t move here. However, if what I’ve listed above sounds like you, then by all means, join us, you’ll love it.