Retirement in Indiana might have more to offer than the state's scenic cornfields. If life is all about the small stuff, the Hoosier state has lots of that. Here are some facts to consider.
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- Indiana has Picturesque Small Towns - When Midwest Living editors named Madison one of the "100 Best Midwest Small-Town Getaways," it was because the magazine editors liked the fact that this town is tied to its history. With 133 downtown blocks on the National Register of Historic Places, it's a place that preserves the past and makes retirees comfortable.
- For the Most Part, It is a Safe State - Based on FBI Crime Report Data from 2012, Indiana can boast about its safety. If you want to retire to the safest place in the state, statistically speaking, that would be Zionsville. The suburb, 8 miles northwest of Indianapolis, is a town of about 14,137 people, where violent crimes are rare and property crimes are less than two per 1,000 people. It has a main street paved in brick and an annual July Fourth fireworks show hosted by the local Lion's club.
- Indiana's Towns Show Up on 'Best Places To Live' Rankings - In 2012, CNNMoney called Carmel the best place to live in the United States. Fishers also made the list. Forbes has ranked Columbus among "America's Prettiest Towns" because of its world-class architecture. Areavibes.com, which scores livability rankings, puts Crows Nest, population 101, at the top of the list of "Best Places to Live" because it scores "A" or higher for amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment and housing. (The weather, however, scores a "C.")
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- You Might Be Able to Afford to Go Out to a Good Lunch - While Indiana scores well for a lower-than-average cost of living, it also earns the attention of foodies for its unexpected cuisine. Midwest Living says Bloomington is one of the nation's best food towns. The college town boasts a thriving international food scene, whether you're in the mood for locally sourced farm-to-table comfort foods, Greek gyros or spicy Cajun shrimp. Livability.com calls Bloomington one of the "10 Best Foodie Cities" in America because of the college-like "try new things" atmosphere and its "refined kitchens and respected chefs."
- Time is Relative Here - If you've lost track of time, you're not the only one. Indiana is one of those middle states divided into more than one time zone. The state is mostly on Eastern time, but six counties near Chicago and six counties near Evansville are on Central time.
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