Indiana is a charming, Midwestern state located off the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Its nickname of “The Hoosier State” is one of the country’s oldest state nicknames, and although there are many theories as to where it came from, there is no definitive answer. What is known is that residents of the state embrace the “Hoosier” title with a strong sense of local pride. Indiana’s central location – just a short distance from Chicago and many other major cities of the Midwest – combined with the all-American appeal of its own cities like Indianapolis and Bloomington and its vast expanses of rural farmland, make Indiana a convenient place to live and a beautiful state to retire in.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 130 retirement communities in Indiana that offer independent living. The median monthly cost of independent living in Indiana is about $2,300.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Indiana.
In Indiana, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.
Overall, the cost of living in Indiana is considered to be more affordable than the national average. The state’s costs are lower than the national average in every index category. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Indiana’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Indiana leaned considerably conservative. Indiana has a large manufacturing industry and many people in the state pride themselves on their blue-collar background and strong work ethic. Indiana is the largest producer of steel in the United States, and the country’s second largest automotive manufacturer.
Indiana’s climate varies between the northern and southern parts of the state. In the north, Indiana has a humid continental type of climate. This means that this region experiences four distinct seasons including hot, humid summers and cold winters. The northern part of the state borders the edge of Lake Michigan and is located within the north-central Snowbelt. This region receives upwards of 75” of snow per year. The southern portion of the state has a humid subtropical climate with extremely hot and humid summers. Indiana has a high average relative humidity level of 70%. July is the peak month for humidity, and portions of the state can see relative humidity levels rise above 90%.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.