I moved to a suburb of Indianapolis about six years ago. When my parents told me that we were moving, I wasn’t happy. At that point, I was somewhere in middle school–we put our house on the market at the height of the housing recession. It took our house three years to sell, so I had a while to come to terms with the fact that I was moving from Florida to some midwestern state that I knew had a lot of corn.
I could go on and on about how the city I live in, my high school, my university, my friends and everything else has made a huge impact on my love for Indiana, specifically Indianapolis. Instead, I’ll focus on how this summer has had a huge impact on how I view Indianapolis, my neighbor to the south.
Going into the summer, I had already gained an appreciation for Indianapolis. I am well aware of what’s going on in Indy’s burgeoning food scene, which is one of the main reasons I made the trek into the city before my internship this summer. I appreciated the small town feel and the big city resources of Indianapolis–it’s not too big, not too small (we’re the 14th largest city in the U.S.).
“Indianapolis is juuust right.” –Baby Bear, probably
If you asked freshman-in-high-school me where I thought I’d be after I graduated from college, my response probably would have landed me somewhere on the east or west coast. Now I know that I could stay in the midwest and be happy.
So why can I see myself staying in Indianapolis post-graduation?
Business is booming
My current internship is with Torchlite Marketing, a year-old digital marketing SaaS company. I’ve learned over the last several months that Torchlite is far from the only young technology company in the city (just check out TechPoint if you don’t believe me). From young companies like Sigstr that create branded email signatures to Fortune 500 giants like Salesforce, Indianapolis is the place to be. For ladies, Indianapolis has also been named the fifth best city for women in tech. I don’t think that the opportunities Indianapolis has to share are even close to over.
It’s a comfortable place to live
Yeah, I lived in a place where it rarely dropped below freezing. Yeah, I live in a place where it regularly drops below zero in the winter. I don’t necessarily reference the weather when I say Indy is “comfortable” (although it’s really not THAT bad). Indianapolis isn’t a huge city, like I mentioned before, but it’s big enough to offer a lot of the amenities that people enjoy in bigger cities. Indianapolis offers all the sports you could ever want (football, basketball, soccer, baseball…), there’s a lot of shopping and big-time performers like the Rolling Stones, Drake, Fall Out Boy and Justin Bieber stop by on tours. Physically, the population density is low, hence the reason Indy has so little public transportation, but this makes housing more affordable.
There’s stuff to do
I hit on this a little bit above, but Indy offers a lot of activities for people who are willing to find them. During the warmer months, I feel like I see a poster or banner for some sort of festival every week, whether it’s for jazz music or Italian food. Indianapolis has tons of nice parks, the Cultural and Monon Trails for biking, the City Market for food… the list goes on and on. Even strolling around downtown is entertaining. Georgia Street in the heart of downtown Indianapolis hosts block parties, holiday events and concerts, especially during sporting events. I also like to coffee shop-hop and have found the best coffee ever at nearly every coffee shop I’ve visited in Indy.
Living in a suburb of Indianapolis, I’ve seen this firsthand. I’m pretty sure my city has been under nonstop construction since we moved. There’s a huge demand for housing around Indianapolis, which can be directly related to the growth the city is experiencing. As it grows, Indianapolis will have even more to offer, which is thrilling. Indy was even named one of the most “underrated cities for Millennials,” which should encourage graduates and soon-to-be-graduates to look to Indianapolis when applying for jobs.
I can’t wait to see how the city changes over the next several years. My experience interning with Torchlite has put me in the heart of the city, on Massachusetts Avenue, daily. I’ve been able to explore much more of the city than I expected through my internship, just by trying new places for lunch or taking walks after my day is over. Being a part of a company that is benefiting from what Indianapolis has to offer is an amazing feeling. The future is bright.