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Indianapolis has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are long and humid, and winters are extremely cold and windy. 

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indianapolis, in at a glance

The cost of living in Indianapolis is approximately 15% less than the national average. The average salary is $42,076.

The top employers in Indianapolis include Indiana University Health, Eli Lilly and Company, St. Vincent hospitals and health services, and the Community Health Network.

The average commute time in Indianapolis is 23 minutes, which is less than the national average. Approximately 82% of all residents drive their own vehicles.

The public school system in Indianapolis features 54 schools with 22,928 students. Local colleges include Marian University and the University of Indianapolis.

If you’re moving to Indianapolis, IN, CEND can help make the transition stress-free. Contact us to book now or to learn more about the different services to fit your budget, including storage. 

where to live, have fun, and explore


Popular among young professionals and families, Broad Ripple is 6 miles north of downtown. It’s known as the college nightlife hot spot. 

Downtown is the central business district of the city. The population is close to 6,000 and home values are around $381,859.

A cultural district known for its antique shops and vibrant art scene, Fountain Square is home to just over 6,000 residents. Home values are around $197,000.

Known as the historic district, Irvington is an upscale community of young professionals and families. 

A multi-generational neighborhood 4 miles north of downtown, Meridian-Kessler has a population of just over 14,000 and homes valued around $341,000.

Offers a lively nightlife with entertainment, dining, and shopping.  

Over 60% of residents here own their own homes. The population is around 9,600, which consists mostly of young professionals.

SoBro features both a residential and a business district. The population is close to 2,500 with an average age of 46. 

Old Northside is a historic residential neighborhood with Victorian homes and two museums. 

Herron-Morton is another historic district with a population of just over 21,000. The average age is 30.

things to do in indianapolis

Indy 500: This annual NASCAR event is held every May, where the 33 best drivers compete.
Indianapolis Jazz Festival: The jazz festival is a two-day event featuring the nation’s best jazz artists.
Indiana State Fair: Held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from the end of July to the end of August, the state fair features live music, food, and attractions.
Circle City Classic: The Circle City Classic is an annual event held in September that helps support youth initiatives in the city.
Gen Con: Gen Con is the largest tabletop game convention in North America. It’s held on the first of August at the Indiana Convention Center.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts compete in the NFL in the American Football Conference South Division.
Indianapolis Pacers: The Pacers are a professional basketball team that competes in the NBA.
Indy Eleven: The Indy Eleven is an American professional soccer team founded in 2014.
Indianapolis Indians: The Indians are a Triple-A baseball team, affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Indiana Fever: This women’s professional basketball team competes in the Eastern Conference of the WNBA.

Mass Ave: Mass Ave offers a wide range of neighborhood pubs with cheap beer and excellent food.
Broad Ripple: Broad Ripple is an excellent location for college-aged students to socialize.
Fountain Square: This walkable part of the city offers a number of bars and restaurants. 
Downtown Indianapolis: The heart of the city provides many budget-friendly places for drinks and dancing.
Wholesale District: The Wholesale District has many bars, beautiful architecture, and a number of locally-owned eateries.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: The museum is the world’s largest children’s museum. It features hands-on activities and exhibits on dinosaurs, science, space, sports, and art. 
Indianapolis Zoo: This 64-acre zoo is home to more than 1,400 animals. It has an aquarium and a botanical garden.
The Indianapolis Children’s Garden at the Indianapolis Museum of Art: This outdoor park has kid-sized tunnels, sandpits, rocks to climb, playhouses, and gardens to explore. The second floor of the museum features a space just for kids. There’s also an outdoor art park and a nature walk.
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park: This living history museum demonstrates what life would be like on the Prairie during the 19th century. 
The Central Canal: This 3-mile loop is ideal for afternoon hikes. There are also pedal boats, gondolas, and a bike path. 

Eagle Creek Park: Eagle Creek Park offers several leash trails with views of the lake. 
Holliday Park: Holliday Park is an ideal place for those who enjoy hikes with their pet.
Indianapolis Cultural Trail: The Cultural Trail has a large place for dogs to run and interact with each other.
Paws & Play Dog Park: This top-rated dog resort offers a doggie day care, boarding, and lodging.

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indianapolis restaurants & breweries

Indianapolis was voted one of the top five beer cities in the nation by readers of USA Today.  Favorite spots include St. Joseph Brewery, Blind Owl, and the Big Lug Canteen

If you’re hungry, the city provides a wide variety of cuisines. Top restaurants include Shapiro’s Delicatessen, Bazbeaux Pizza, The Workingman’s Friend, and The Rathskeller

environmental standards

Indianapolis, as the capital city of Indiana, has been striving to enhance its environmental standards through initiatives such as expanding public transportation options, promoting green spaces, and implementing sustainable waste management practices. The city’s efforts reflect a commitment to creating a cleaner and more eco-friendly urban environment for its residents and future generations.

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indianapolis moving & storage

For those planning on moving to Indianapolis, CEND can ensure your belongings get there safely and securely. Our white-glove service does all the work for you, including packing and unboxing, or if you prefer to save money, we provide the boxes, and you can pack them on your own. Contact us for more information on our available services and to get a quote.