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Old 04-01-2015, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Simi Valley, California - which was once part of the USA
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Not talking about the main city itself (for which NWI doesn't have one unless you count Gary because Chicago is in another state) but the burbs.


Of the two regions, which has the best solid middle class suburbs. Somewhere safe, affordable, not having white flight issues, great schools etc.

I like how NWI seems because it has access to jobs in the People's Republic of IL while still being in a sensible state with sensible laws, a pro business attitude, and a government who seems to represent my ideals. My only concern is issues like crime spillover and white flight radiating from both Gary and the IL South burbs right across the state line from nice suburbs like Dyer.


I don't know too much about Indy's burbs accept for Carmel which seems to upscale for me personally. Anything there comparable to places like the tri towns, Munster, Chesterton over there?


I am about to graduate college in CA and looking to relocate to another state. I like suburban living and want to find a place where I can rent a nice apartment in a nice complex for $700 and below.


I have narrowed down the list of places in the South and West I am considering, but in the Midwest (northeast besides NH is out) is also somewhere I am trying to make a shortlist of possible new homes for me.



Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2015, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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At least for Indy, the biggest determinant of where to live should be where you work. It would make no sense to live in Plainfield (southwest side) and work in Fishers (northeast side). For instance, I work on the far northside and it takes someone in Greenwood as long as it does to get to the office as a guy that commutes from Lafayette, which is about twice the distance out.

Greenwood, Plainfield, Avon, and Brownsburg are all good middle class suburbs outside of the more affluent northside. On the northside, Fishers and Noblesville seem to be a small step below Zionsville and Carmel. A budget of $700 may be possible in the northside suburbs, but will be tough. You'd likely have a better shot staying in that range in the city proper or on the more working class suburbs I mentioned.
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Old 04-03-2015, 04:57 PM
 
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NWI seems to be the red headed step child of Chicago suburbs, and not really connected to the rest of Indiana. The indy burbs are some of the best bang for your buck in the country. Better to be a part of some of the best suburbs in indiana than looked down on by the Chicagoland region.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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As far as NWI goes best middle and upper middle class suburbs will be St. John, Munster, Dyer, Schererville, Valpo, Chesterton, and Crown Point. Most of these areas are mostly families but you have a pretty decent younger population in places like Schererville and Valpo, the latter due to the presence of Valparaiso University. But keep in mind this area is culturally more like the rest of Chicagoland than the rest of Indiana. More socially liberal but definitely more fiscally conservative than elsewhere in Chicagoland. NWI is a bit more expensive too due to the proximity to Chicago. Though taxes are nothing like they are in IL. You should be able to find a 1BR for 700 in most of these places except maybe Munster. But it definitely won't be a luxury apartment.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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NWI seems to be the red headed step child of Chicago suburbs, and not really connected to the rest of Indiana. The indy burbs are some of the best bang for your buck in the country. Better to be a part of some of the best suburbs in indiana than looked down on by the Chicagoland region.
It used to be more of a red headed step child to Chicago, and it definitely still is to the rest of Indiana. But in the past decade or so there has been a huge influx of people from the south suburbs of IL and increasingly the SW suburbs.
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