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Best Neighborhoods in Indianapolis for Singles & Young Professionals

With affordable housing, a growing economy, and a cost of living 11% lower than the national average, there’s no shortage of reasons to love living in Indianapolis! The city is ranked as one of the top 15 cities for people under 35, making it an ideal place for singles and young professionals to place roots. Thinking about moving to Indianapolis? Here are the best neighborhoods to call home!

  • Broad Ripple Village
  • Fountain Square
  • Mile Square
  • Meridian-Kessler
  • Old Northside

Broad Ripple Village

  • Home Price: $209,933 median purchase price; $956 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 2% of the cities in the United States

If you’re looking for an Indianapolis neighborhood with great amenities and beautiful homes, consider Broad Ripple Village. Located 20 minutes north of Downtown Indy (also known as Mile Square), Broad Ripple Village is a trendy, dynamic neighborhood with a fantastic art, food, and nightlife scene. Housing options vary from ranch-style and Mid-Century Modern houses to newly-built condos and apartments. Broad Ripple Village also offers beautiful views of White River, which winds through the neighborhood.

Things to Do in Broad Ripple Village

As one of six cultural districts throughout the city, Broad Ripple Village has plenty of exciting things to do. Take a class, browse through artwork, or enjoy the ArtsPark sculpture garden at the Indianapolis Art Center, one of the best places to visit in Indianapolis. Spend the day browsing through smaller galleries in the area like The Bungalow Inc and Artifacts Village. Enjoy the swimming pool, hiking trails, and tennis courts at the 61-acre Broad Ripple Park. Sing your heart out at New Orleans-inspired karaoke bar The Monkey’s Tale. Dig into a Scotch Egg Burger at Broad Ripple Brewpub. Or kick back and relax at Indy hidden gem Alley Cat Lounge, where you can find cheap drinks, good pool, and savory pizza.

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Fountain Square

  • Home Price: $75,762 median purchase price; $761 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 2% of the cities in the United States

Singles and young professionals will love living in the vibrant Fountain Square neighborhood. Built around a central fountain and plaza, this Indianapolis neighborhood is reminiscent of a European square. Residents can enjoy a variety of dining, shopping, and entertainment options all in one walkable area. Not only does the area offer single-family homes and duplexes, but its warehouses and former factory buildings have been converted into lofts and apartments as well. With modern amenities and vintage charm, Fountain Square is one of the best places to live in Indianapolis!

Things to Do in Fountain Square

Round up some friends and play a round of vintage bowling at Action & Atomic Duckpin Bowling, or test your darts and billiards skills at Imbibe Lobby Bar & Game Room. Take in a comedy show, live music, or some good old-fashioned burlesque at The White Rabbit Cabaret. Browse the incredible selection of music at Arthur’s Music Store. Find affordable home furnishings at Indy Bargains. Choose from a selection of ethically-sourced home goods, clothing, and accessories from boutique Onatah. Grab a Workingman’s Pilsner at Fountain Square Brewing, or try the One Hop Wonder at Chilly Water Brewing Company. Order the Pad Thai or Drunken Noodles at Siam Square. Or settle in for street tacos and margaritas on the patio at Mexican Tiki Bar Revolucion.

Mile Square

  • Home Price: $284,900 median purchase price; $811 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 2% of the cities in the United States

Known as Mile Square, Downtown Indianapolis is the heart of the city’s business district. When it comes to housing, residents have a variety of options, from renovated apartments in Art Deco buildings to newly-constructed condos and townhomes. Adjacent to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Mile Square is a popular neighborhood for students who want to live close to campus as well. There are also several major employers in the area—like AnthemCummins Indianapolis Distribution Headquarters, and Simon Property Group Inc—so finding job opportunities close to home is easy!

Things to Do in Mile Square

Channel your inner rockstar with a variety of instruments at Rhythm Discovery Center. Enjoy the great outdoors at White River State Park, where you can go boating, rent bikes, or visit the Indianapolis Zoo. Sip on a cold beer while cheering on the Indiana Pacers (NBA) or Indiana Fever (WNBA) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Spend the day browsing through the 100+ stores at the Circle Centre Mall. Dig into a plate of Baja Fish or Al Pastor tacos at Nada. Indulge in a luxurious steak dinner at The Capital Grille. Flock to Burger Study for drool-worthy menu items like the Wagyu Burger. Savor the fluffy omelettes and sweet corn cakes at Cafe Patachou. Or get your fill of cheap drinks and live music at Howl at the Moon.

Meridian-Kessler

  • Home Price: $278,300 median purchase price; $786 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 2% of the cities in the United States

Meridian-Kessler offers everything singles and young professionals in Indianapolis could want. Located less than 20 minutes from Mile Square, Meridian-Kessler provides quick access to urban amenities, but is far enough away that residents can find quiet streets, plentiful green spaces, and Tudor-style cottages and Craftsman-style houses. And with a median age of 34, it’s a relatively young community that enjoys meeting new neighbors at local events. The area is also just down the street from Butler University, so singles and young professionals who want to continue their educations or work for the university won’t have to go far.

Things to Do in Meridian-Kessler

Try some dynamite vegan food at The Sinking Ship, a local staple also famous for their craft beer selection. Explore spicy, exotic flavors at Delicia, a Latin American restaurant serving up incredible food like Crab & Shrimp Terrine and short ribs. Head to Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant, a pub packed with craft beer and live music on the weekends. Go antiquing at Vintage 54 Collective, where you’ll find unique home decor, books, and more. Go ice skating, get tickets for roller derby, or attend everything from auto to bridal expos at Indiana State Fairgrounds. Or cheer on the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse!

Old Northside

  • Home Prices: $189,957 median purchase price; $919 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 2% of the cities in the United States

If you’re looking for a neighborhood with a mix of historic charm and modern amenities, consider Old Northside. Also known as Near Northside, this neighborhood has so many restored Victorian-style homes that it has a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Old Northside is within a few minutes of IU Health Methodist Hospital, making the commute easy for those who work in the medical field. Singles and young professionals can choose from a range of single-family homes with plenty of yard space to stretch their legs and modern condos. Home to Indiana’s first gay bar, Old Northside is also one of the most LGBTQ-friendly neighborhoods in Indianapolis!

Things to Do in Old Northside

Take a tour of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and see artifacts, personal possessions, and exhibits dedicated to the life of the 23rd U.S. President. Check out the work of local artists at the Harrison Center, a community organization known for First Friday art events. Play a game of soccer at the 17-acre Frank & Judy O’Bannon Old Northside Soccer Park, or hop on the Monon Trail for a relaxing jog, walk, or bike ride. Get your dance on at Greg’s Our Place, a gay bar with a fantastic happy hour menu, live music, and epic dance parties. Dive into a selection of wines, cocktails, and seasonal dishes at Tinker Street. Or order up a savory or sweet Breakfast like grilled portobello mushroom sandwiches and cinnamon sugar toast at Foundry Provisions.

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Home prices from Niche and Realtor; crime rates from AreaVibes.