The 10 Best Fort Wayne Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 18 places around Fort Wayne to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Fort Wayne suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Fort Wayne are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Fort Wayne for 2021:

  1. Leo-Cedarville
  2. Avilla
  3. Ossian
  4. Auburn
  5. Hicksville
  6. New Haven
  7. Garrett
  8. Decatur
  9. Bluffton
  10. Waterloo

What's the best suburb of Fort Wayne? Leo-Cedarville ranks as the best suburb of Fort Wayne for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Leo-Cedarville, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Fort Wayne 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Indiana:

The 10 Best Fort Wayne Suburbs To Live For 2021

Leo-Cedarville, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,788
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $77,073
Unemployment Rate: 0.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Leo-Cedarville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Leo-Cedarville is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Fort Wayne area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Leo-Cedarville."

Everyone here is rich; families average $77,073 a year, which is the highest in the Fort Wayne region. And only 0.51% are out of work. Homes average more than $196,900 each.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,538
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $56,250
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Avilla: Real Estate | Data

Avilla is the second best 'burb we looked at near Fort Wayne for 2021.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 3.25% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,350
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $54,531
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 8.9%
More on Ossian: Real Estate | Data

Here in Ossian, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Fort Wayne metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Ossian.

Auburn, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,056
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $50,180
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 12.3%
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Auburn ranks as the 4th best suburb of Fort Wayne for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Auburn and the schools are some of the best around.

Hicksville, OH

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,410
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $61,910
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 9.8%
More on Hicksville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Hicksville.

Hicksville gets kudos for having the 12th most expensive homes in the Fort Wayne area, where houses sell for an average of $96,600. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

New Haven, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,279
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $51,306
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
More on New Haven: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Haven is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 7.6% which is 16th best in the area.

According to online reports, New Haven is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Fort Wayne area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Garrett, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,651
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Income: $46,540
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 12.0%
More on Garrett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Garrett.

Garrett schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 18.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Decatur, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,863
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $45,149
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 13.9%
More on Decatur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Decatur is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.8% of people lack insurance, good for 5th in the area.

Bluffton, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,919
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $47,593
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 12.8%
More on Bluffton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Bluffton?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Waterloo, IN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,221
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $50,536
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 15.3%
More on Waterloo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Waterloo.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Fort Wayne for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Fort Wayne was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Fort Wayne.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 17 suburbs to evaluate around Fort Wayne.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Fort Wayne." We're lookin' at you, Leo-Cedarville. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Fort Wayne 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Fort Wayne, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Fort Wayne Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Leo-Cedarville, IN 3,788 $77,073
2 Avilla, IN 2,538 $56,250
3 Ossian, IN 3,350 $54,531
4 Auburn, IN 13,056 $50,180
5 Hicksville, IN 3,410 $61,910
6 New Haven, IN 16,279 $51,306
7 Garrett, IN 6,651 $46,540
8 Decatur, IN 9,863 $45,149
9 Bluffton, IN 9,919 $47,593
10 Waterloo, IN 2,221 $50,536
11 Huntington, IN 17,067 $43,955
12 Kendallville, IN 9,347 $43,073
13 Rome, IN 32,253 $48,120
14 Albion, IN 2,477 $46,938
15 Paulding, IN 3,536 $42,461
16 Butler, IN 2,715 $57,344
17 Columbia, IN 4,653 $34,960

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About Chris Kolmar

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