Affordability, walkability, excitability—Indianapolis has something to offer everyone.
It’s no longer a secret that Indianapolis is one of the country’s best places to live at any stage of life. From Gen Z college grads looking for new opportunities, to millennials starting families and buying their first homes, to retirees wanting to return to exciting downtown living, Indy is a versatile city.
What is it exactly that makes Indy a great place to be, day in and day out? Our staff has some opinions!
1. Never a dull moment
Libby Budack, Database Specialist
Has Lived in Indy: 17 years
Hometown: Martinsville, IN
The easy answer is low cost of living, but I like to think of it as “the biggest little city in the world.” There’s just so much to see and do in Indy, but you never have a long drive to get where you’re going. Whether it’s filling your belly with all things Indiana at the State Fair or cheering on the Indians at Victory Field, summers in Indy are the best! There’s always something going on at the Circle, and it’s a lot of fun to explore at lunch time!
2. A city transformed
Kyle Miller, Project Manager, Principal
Has Lived in Indy: 5 years
Hometown: Shelbyville, IN
I grew up close to Indy and have experienced it for my entire life. I worked for 12 years on Virginia Ave and 23 years on Mass Ave; two of the city’s most exciting areas. I have seen Indy transform over the past 35 years into one of the nicest, most livable cities in the country. It is amazing what Mass Ave has become from what is was when I first started at Schmidt in 1996. My wife and I love the city life, being around others who share that feeling, and the many options for dinner, entertainment, and things to do any night of the week.
3. Affordable place to raise your family
Ben Bain, Business Development Representative, Principal
Has Lived in Indy: 22 years
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Indy is a great place to raise a family. It has all the attributes of a major city but isn’t too big. The cost of living is low, particularly for housing. We get all four seasons, and we have lots of parks. Plus, we can host major sporting events as well as any city. And of course, the Biergarten at the Rathskeller is one of my favorite spots!
4. Friendly and comfortable
Caitlin Liskey, Architectural Intern
Has Lived in Indy: Two months
Hometown: Highland, IN
Just about every person I’ve met or run into here has been friendly, and with how much there is to do around the city, I don’t think it would be easy to get bored! It’s very pedestrian friendly, and as much as I’ve been reminded to be mindful while walking in a city, I’ve felt super comfortable in Indy.
5. Big city amenities without the headache
Natalie Moya, Marketing Communications Strategist
Has Lived in Indy: 8 years
Hometown: Munster, IN
When I first moved to Indy after graduating from college, I didn’t think it could live up to my first love and the city I grew up near: Chicago. What I discovered was that Indy has its own personality and charm that’s much more accessible. We have all the bragging rights that draw people in—employment opportunities in healthcare and our booming tech scene, world class restaurants and breweries, big-name concerts and sporting events, an art and culture scene—all without the chaos and intimidation of a bigger city. It’s all the fun, without the headache!
6. Less traffic, more walkability
Lisa Gomperts, Project Manager, Principal
Has Lived in Indy: 33 years
I love Indy because of the big town feel and amenities—our pro sports teams, the Indianapolis Zoo, museums, the Canal, our many monuments—without the traffic and congestion of most big cities. I love the walkability of downtown and the friendliness of the people.
7. Nearby outdoor adventures
Dave McDowell, Controls Engineer
Has Lived near Indy: 40 years
Hometown: Brownsburg, IN
Indianapolis is a great community with caring people and plenty of attractions and activities. It offers both city and country living that does not require a long commute. The nearby lakes are clean and abundant. Patoka Lake is my favorite and has the cleanest water for water skiing or fishing. The Turkey Run area is great for hiking, canoeing, and general outdoor activities. Beyond the amazing experience at the annual Indianapolis 500 race, many music and art festivals are hosted in the downtown area and concerts at Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville. The Indiana Convention Center draws in many people from around the country due to the frequent conventions and hosted events.
We’ve talked a little about this great city before. Check that out while you’re at it!