The 10 Best Places To Retire In Indiana For 2022


We analyzed over 55 places in Indiana to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in Indiana.

If you are nearing the age of 65, you don't have time to 'Wander Indiana,' you need to know where the best places to retire are located in The Hoosier State now.

So, let's get down to it. HomeSnacks has taken the guessing out of the equation: we did the research and created a list of the top ten best places in Indiana to retire for 2022.

How'd we determine the best places to retire in Indiana? Well, we know that when people are searching for the best places to retire, they are also looking for things like convenience, affordable healthcare, and an economy that protects their bottom line. So, to identify Indiana's top ten, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 39 cities. We looked at important factors like cost of living, crime, amenities, rent
and distance to closest national airport for every place with over 10,000 residents.

We discovered that Indiana really does look out for the best interest of their retirees. This is one of thirty states that does not tax Social Security benefits and they do not have an estate or inheritance tax. That's a win for everyone!

If you've never been to Indiana and you'd like to learn a little more about the state before you commit your retirement years, take a look here. But if you're ready to pull the chute, keep reading.

So, where are the best places to retire in Indiana? Keep reading.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Indiana For 2022

  1. Jasper
  2. Bluffton
  3. Huntington
  4. Zionsville
  5. Washington
  6. Frankfort
  7. Lebanon
  8. Plymouth
  9. Chesterton
  10. Bedford

Why did Jasper take the top spot? And where are Indianapolis and Fort Wayne?

It's not lost on us that many of the best places to retire in are also Indiana's safest places. The two usually go together and that's how it should be. And while most of Indiana's best places to retire are centered around Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, the number one best place to retire is not.

So, where is the best place to retire in Indiana? According to the latest data, Jasper is the best place to retire in Indiana for 2022.

To see how your favorite places in Indiana compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

For more Indiana state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Indiana For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,681
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $623
Distance to Closest Airport: 75 miles
More on Jasper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jasper, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,298
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $584
Distance to Closest Airport: 76 miles
More on Bluffton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bluffton, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 17,083
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $684
Distance to Closest Airport: 90 miles
More on Huntington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Huntington, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 28,035
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $1,408
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
More on Zionsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Zionsville, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,514
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $693
Distance to Closest Airport: 55 miles
More on Washington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Washington, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,569
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $731
Distance to Closest Airport: 40 miles
More on Frankfort: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Frankfort, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,317
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $782
Distance to Closest Airport: 23 miles
More on Lebanon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lebanon, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,029
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Median Rent: $759
Distance to Closest Airport: 79 miles
More on Plymouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Plymouth, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,884
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Rent: $973
Distance to Closest Airport: 38 miles
More on Chesterton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chesterton, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 13,246
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $704
Distance to Closest Airport: 59 miles
More on Bedford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bedford, IN

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Hoosier State for 2022

To create our list of the best places in Indiana to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Hoosier State -- 680 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 39 places from across the state.

For these 39, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 39, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Jasper, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Summary: Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Indiana Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Indiana goes to Jasper.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Warsaw
  2. Mishawaka
  3. South Bend

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Indiana?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Jasper 15,681 $623
2 Bluffton 10,298 $584
3 Huntington 17,083 $684
4 Zionsville 28,035 $1,408
5 Washington 12,514 $693
6 Frankfort 15,569 $731
7 Lebanon 16,317 $782
8 Plymouth 10,029 $759
9 Chesterton 13,884 $973
10 Bedford 13,246 $704

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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