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Outside of Indianapolis, Fishers Often Lands on "Best Places to Live" Lists, Thanks to its Very Safe Neighborhoods, Wholesome Atmosphere and Friendly Residents
Outside of Indianapolis in central Indiana, Fishers often lands on "best places to live" lists. Its wholesome atmosphere, very safe streets, excellent public school system and friendly people are a few reasons why.
Fishers grew up along the railroad and sits on the west fork of the White River, which offers abundant recreational opportunities, including kayaking and fishing. There is even a White River Yacht Club. Shallow, man-made Geist Reservoir is nearby and offers even more water recreation options. The city has a lovely greenway system with more than 85 miles of pedestrian and bicycle paths. One of the biggest attractions is Conner Prairie, a Smithsonian Museum-affiliated living history park. It attracts visitors from around the state and is the summer home of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Residents also enjoy a Saturday morning farmers' market, eight golf courses and two fun fairs, the Renaissance Faire and Spark!Fishers.
The downtown has new shops, pubs, concerts and a culinary incubator with 15 eateries. Most housing stock is made from brick and includes single family homes, town homes and condominiums.
Population: 102,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 44%
Cost of Living: 5% below the national average
Median Home Price: $385,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and it is humid. Winter temperatures are in the 20s and 30s, and it is often overcast. The area receives 40 inches of rain and 19 inches of snow on average each year. Blizzards happen.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: No, but there is a bus to Indianapolis.
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 65%
Is Indiana Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: The tornado risk is 235% higher than the national average.
Notes: Nightlife is limited. The population has grown 20% during the last decade, and home prices have increased 1% since last year.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The "crossroads of America" entered the Union on December 11, 1816. Its nickname, the Hoosier State, was used as early as 1827 and could refer to its pioneers, a name for corn, or the employees of a canal contractor named Hoosier.
Bordered by Lake Michigan, the state of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Illinois, Indiana plays a key role in the American Midwest. Its continental climate is marked by cold winters and warm, wet summers. Temperatures can vary from north to south.
Although manufacture of iron, steel, and transportation equipment is a prime mover of the state's economy, almost three quarters of Indiana's land is dedicated to agriculture. The richest yields are grain crops. Hoosier farmers are also major producers of hogs, eggs, and a variety of fruits and vegetables.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway held its first 500 on May 30, 1911. The state also saw the country's first train robbery when the Reno Brothers stopped a Jackson County train on October 6, 1866. Their take was $13,000 dollars (roughly $200,000 in today's dollars).
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