The state is also home to 7 world-class golf courses along the Pete Dye Golf Trail and miles of scenic coastline along Lake Michigan, where people can boat, fish or hike.
Among the state’s greatest points of pride are its more than 50 colleges and universities, which have helped hone funky, inviting college towns in Lafayette, South Bend and Bloomington, where Purdue University, University of Notre Dame and Indiana University are located, respectively.
The presence of these universities in towns have spawned fervent football fans, an array of ethnic eateries, and interesting arts and culture opportunities.
Best For: College town lovers
Cost of Living: 11% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $90,739
Top State Income Tax: Flat 3.4% income tax rate
Indiana’s cost of living is also low — more than 10% lower than the national average, the state’s income tax is a flat 3.4% and the average housing price has dipped below $100,000 in many areas. Of course, there are downsides to living in Indiana, particularly for retirees who hope to find work; the state’s unemployment rate is over 8%.