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City Guide
Indianapolis
We're Not Formulaic, We're Indy

Indianapolis is an enigma. Naptown, Indianoplace, and references by Baltimorians too unsavory for this site are all used as paramount putdowns about a city thought to be blander and more uninspired than powdered water. But Indianapolis is the capital city to movies set in the Hoosier State such as Hoosiers, Breaking Away, and Rudy (if ever you've wanted to see a grown man quiver and cry with joy rent these, you'll see). Plus, at certain times of the year, Indy becomes as frenetic as any city on earth; like its New Years, Mardi Gras, Fourth of July, and Robert Isray Appreciation Day all rolled into one.

Indianapolis is a city most largely defined by its sports and the banter and camaraderie that always accompany such a potent cultural bond. Beyond this though, ten Fortune 1000 companies within the city limits mean that the Indianapolis employment picture is decent (sorry, the Colts aren't hiring quarterbacks).

We may not have the Statue of Liberty, but we have a racetrack and we're affordable

Indianapolis is in the shallow end of the pool of monthly rent and it's easy to wade in and out. The most expensive 1 BR apartment in Indianapolis welcomes you at under $1,300 per month. The other Indianapolis neighborhoods, all within easy reach of one another, average around $700 for a one bedroom, $850 for a two bedroom, and $1,000 for a three bedroom. If you've ever lived in NYC, LA, SFO, or any other city recognizable solely from its initials, you're going to have a lot of extra funds each month for all the tenderloin sandwiches and Sun Kings.

Basketball, A Grand Canal, 50,000 students, that little race, and was basketball mentioned yet?

Like every major city, there is shopping, art, colleges, parks, culture, sport, and pockets of divine dining. Indianapolis is marginally more compact in these regards, but no different. Well, no different except for the high school hoops fanaticism and the refurbished remnant of a failed waterways experiment - the Grand Canal - complete with gondolas. Let us explore the apartment scene of the Venice of the Midwest.

Downtown: Home to most of Indy's popular attractions (Colts, Pacers, Symphony, the historically significant Hilbert Circle Theater, Circle Centre Shopping), burgeoning restaurant scene, and IUPUI, the downtown area/canal/wholesale district is the most "now" section of Indianapolis. It used to be the most "then." Not that long ago, much of downtown Indy was on the "strictly functional" side of architecture and vibe. As Indianapolis was the site of the world's first union train station, it was largely dominated by its sprawling network of railroad operations - sort of a proletarian and thuggish aura. Since 1995, nearly $700 million has been invested in chic buildings including some destination hotels. Many of the apartment complexes included recently renovated pool and gym areas, greatly increasing the livability of the area. Now the whole place vibes less Orwell's 1984 and more Prince's 1999. $1,300 for top-of-the line 1BR apartment with washer and dryer included. Plenty of high end 2BR apartments available for that price. $800 for a decent 1BR.

Broad Ripple: Youthful, fun, full of nightlife, proximity to the most tenacious NCAA team ever, the Butler Bulldogs, as well as David Letterman and Kurt Vonnegut, Broad Ripple is clever and relevant. Broad Ripple is about 6 miles north of downtown and its "we're open if you are" motto sums up a lot about the bohemian nature of the village. There're 50 restaurants, some of them family style places, within a 1/3 mile radius. It's clean with lots going on. Around $725 for a 1BR, $875 for a 2 BR.

Fountain Square: Just a couple miles southeast of downtown Indianapolis, Fountain Square is one of Indianapolis' six designated cultural districts. Fountain Square is the primary neighborhood for Indy's artists and galleries and is anchored by the (bubbling with Americana) diner/duckpin bowling alley. Around $500 for a 1BR - bungalows and lofts here too.

White River Area: A couple miles west of downtown you'll find White River State Park - America's only urban cultural park. Located in the same vicinity is the Indianapolis Zoo - the only such institution accredited as a zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden. More sedate and outdoorsy than most other Indianapolis neighborhoods, the White River area boasts lots of golf courses and easy access to the 65 and 465 if you're driving somewhere, and the racetrack for if you're driving somewhere really FAST. This is a great part of the city for pet friendly apartments, many of which include great access to dog parks.

East: Go East-Northeast from downtown Indianapolis for 10 miles or so, in the direction I-69 and/or I-465 and you'll find many cookie-cutter complexes. Respectable, with landscaped grounds, amenities, water features, and social events, these offer the least in terms of vibrancy, but the most in terms of commuting and a lot-for-a-little. Decent 1 BR apartments under $500, 2 BR under $700.

Indianapolis is known for cars, but what about mine?

Traffic is not much of a problem, there is reasonably priced parking downtown, and the public transportation system is easy enough but limited. Keep your car, but just make sure that your apartment community offers either a parking garage or assigned parking spaces.

Just the facts Manning

Downtown Indianapolis and its cultural districts do not feature many apartment complexes or highrises. Smaller, landlord owned (but not onsite) homes in the Cape Cod or Bungalow style are somewhat common rental options. As such, the terms are rather varied, with some tenant-at-will, some 6-month lease scenarios, some 15-month arrangements in more upscale residences, and, of course, lots in between. Pets are widely accepted, even in the complexes, but pet deposits/pet rents may exist.

Plan about 5 times as well around Memorial Day (Indy 500) and end of July (Brickyard 400). Indianapolis gets insanely big and busy - not a good time to have the in-laws come in from Topeka.

Indianapolis trivia

Indianapolis, for its undeserved vanilla rep, does host the world’s most attended sporting event: the Indy 500 at which those seated, in pavilions, and tailgating can top 400,000, or 50% the size of the city itself. Say what you will about the societal contributions of racing, but that is an impressive feat considering there are just 32,000 total hotel rooms in the entire metropolitan region.

Rental Price Monitor
Indianapolis
April 2015: Indiana Rental Price Monitor

Indiana vs. the US

In April, a 1 bedroom in Indiana averaged $530 and a 2 bedroom averaged $650. That makes Indiana the 2nd least expensive state in the US, with average 2 bedroom rents that are 35% below the national average.

In contrast to the national average rents, which show a growth of 2.5% since April 2014, rents in Indiana have dropped by 0.5%.

Top 10 Most Expensive Indiana Cities

  • Fishers was the most expensive city in Indiana in April. With an average 2 bedroom price of $1070, Fishers was the only city more expensive than the national average.
  • Mishawaka came in a distant second with 2 bedrooms averaging $950 a month, which is 5% below the national average.
  • The most affordable Indiana City was Terre Haute, where a 1 bedroom costs $450 and a 2 bedroom averages just $570 a month. That’s $80 less than statewide averages and more than $400 cheaper than the national average.

Rent Growth in Top Indiana Cities

  • New Albany ($710) saw the fastest price jump from April 2014 to April 2015, with average 2 bedrooms rising 4.5%. That’s considerably more than national averages which show a year-over-year growth of 2.5%
  • Clarksville ($630) showed the second biggest increase in rents over last year at 2.1%.
  • The only other Indiana cities that showed year-over-year growth were South Bend ($620) at 1.6%, Jeffersonville ($650) at 1.1%, and Plainfield ($790) at 0.3%

Top 10 Most Expensive Indianapolis Neighborhoods

Here are some of the pricing trends in Indiana's largest city. * The most expensive neighborhood in Indianapolis is Downtown Indianapolis, where available 2 bedrooms cost $1,310. That's 31% higher than the national average, but far cheaper than the most expensive neighborhoods in most large cities. * Broad Ripple is the second most expensive neightborhood with an average cost of $1210. * Near Southeast is the cheapest Indianapolis neighborhood at just $450 for a 1 bedroom and $520 for a 2 bedroom.

Full Data:

City Median Price (1BR) M/M Change (1BR) Y/Y Change (1BR) Median Price (2BR) M/M Change (2BR) Y/Y Change (2 BR)
Fishers $890 0.0% 0.0% $1070 0.0% 0.0%
Mishawaka $780 -1.5% -5.8% $950 2.7% -0.3%
Noblesville $810 0.0% 0.0% $880 0.0% 0.0%
Bloomington $610 -0.7% -3.3% $850 -0.9% -1.9%
Plainfield $780 0.0% 0.0% $790 0.0% 0.3%
Greenwood $670 -1.6% -3.5% $790 -0.9% -6.7%
Sellersburg - - - $740 0.0% 0.0%
New Albany $590 1.4% 3.5% $710 -0.2% 4.5%
Jeffersonville $560 0.4% 3.9% $650 -0.2% 1.1%
Indianapolis $530 0.2% 0.3% $630 0.3% -1.9%
Clarksville $570 0.3% 3.4% $630 0.2% 2.1%
South Bend $490 0.1% 4.5% $620 0.4% 1.6%
Terre Haute $450 0.0% 0.0% $570 0.0% -1.0%
Neighborhood Median Price (2BR)
Downtown Indianapolis $1310
Broad Ripple $1210
Castleton $1170
Meridian Kessler $1120
Nora - Far Northside $1000
Wynnedale - Spring Hill $980
Augusta - New Augusta $900
Butler - Tarkington $900
Near Northside $860
Millersville $800
South Perry $770
St Vincent - Greenbriar $760
Key Meadows $750
East Gate $680
Fairgrounds $650
I65-South Emerson $650
Irvington $640
Near Southside $640
Snacks - Guion Creek $640
Near Westside $630
North High School $620
Chapel Hill - Ben Davis $600
Devington $600
West Indianapolis $600
Mapleton - Fall Creek $590
Martindale - Brightwood $590
Near Northwest - Riverside $590
Eagledale $580
Meadows $580
Eastside $570
Near Eastside $570

Methodology:

Apartment List RPM data is drawn from several hundred thousand monthly listings on our site. All average prices are calculated as the median for the specified size and time period. For top city rankings, we calculated median 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom rents in 100 top cities and then ranked them by 2 bedroom rents. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, and averages are not value weighted.

Indianapolis Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how Indianapolis ranks on:
C- Plans for homeownership
C+ City satisfaction
C+ Confidence in the local economy
C Safety and crime rate
B Access to recreational activities
A- Quality of schools
B State and local taxes
C+ Satisfaction with daily commute
Best Worst
Full data available when viewing on a non-mobile device.
Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released Indianapolis's results from the first annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 18,000 renters, provides new insights into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

"Indianapolis renters are generally dissatisfied and give the city below average grades in the most important categories," says Andrew Tam, Vice President of Data Science at Apartment List. "The US renter population is at its highest level in 20 years, and concerns about Indy's economy and safety make it less appealing to this major demographic."

Key findings in Indianapolis include the following:

  • Indianapolis renters give their city a C+ overall. This puts Indianapolis slightly below average for cities nationwide.
  • The local economy in Indianapolis earned a C, with 23% of renters saying it's on the right track and 33% saying it's on the wrong track. These are similar to the corresponding national averages of 25% and 34%, respectively.
  • A below average proportion of renters in Indianapolis plan to purchase a home, with just 53% saying the expect to do so. That earned the city a C.
  • Indianapolis received its highest grade, a B+, for the quality of schools.
  • The city received a third C for safety and crime rate with just 48% of renters reporting satisfaction with that important category.
  • Among nearby cities, Indy's city satisfaction of C+ scored higher than Cincinnati (C-) but lower than Chicago (B+) and Louisville (A).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for city satisfaction were Plano, TX; Boston, MA; Arlington, VA; Austin, TX; and Torrance, CA. The lowest rated cities were Newark, NJ; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; and Columbia, SC.

A detailed report explaining the survey's methodology, analysis, and findings is available upon request. To obtain a copy, please email Andrew Tam, Apartment List's Vice President of Data Science, at andrew@apartmentlist.com.