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Fort Wayne, Indiana
Located in the northeastern corner of the state, Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second largest city. The population of Fort Wayne is 252,000, but Allen County’s population is 342,000. From 2000 to 2007, Allen County grew 5.07 percent while the state’s growth over the same period was 4.1 percent. Fort Wayne is a two-hour drive from Indianapolis and a four-hour drive from Chicago.

The overall cost of living in Fort Wayne is far lower than the national average. Housing is an impressive 15 percent below the national average—the average residence in Fort Wayne costs about $98,600. Homes in the Midwest average $130,200, while the national average is $147,800.

Fort Wayne is home to two airports. Fort Wayne International Airport offers nonstop service to and from Atlanta, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Las Vegas, Orlando and Tampa. To learn more, visit fwairport.com. Smith Field Air Services provides noncommercial air service for single-engine, light twin-engine and small-jet aircraft. Visit smdairport.com for additional information.

Fort Wayne by the Numbers

Banks/Financial Companies: 55
Credit Unions: 24
Daily Newspapers: 2
TV Stations: 5
Cable Systems: 2
Radio Stations: 22
Churches: 360
Museums: 10
Parks: 84

City Awards
Fort Wayne has received numerous national awards.

  • In 2006, Fort Wayne was named a World-Class Manufacturing Community. That year, Allen County businesses averaged 182,521 jobs, which accounted for 16.8 percent of Indiana’s total employment. More than 30,500 of those jobs were in manufacturing.
  • In 2001, Fort Wayne was named a Five-Star Quality of Life Community by Expansion Magazine. Fort Wayne was ranked one of the premier communities in the country in which to live, based on standard of living, adult education opportunities, housing affordability, workforce employability and peace of mind.
  • In 1999, Fort Wayne was named one of the Best Cities to Earn and Save Money. The city was ranked second among 125 U.S. metropolitan areas by the ReliaStar Financial Security Index.
  • The city has won two City Livability Awards, one in 1999 and the other in 1983. This award is presented by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
  • In 1999, Business Week named Fort Wayne second among the country’s top 125 metropolitan areas for financial security. The ranking is based on a ReliaStar Financial Corporation report.
  • Fort Wayne has been named an All-America City twice. This award, which recognizes quality urban living, is bestowed on just 10 cities annually. Fort Wayne won in 1998 and 1983 and was a runner-up in 1997.
  • In 1998, Money magazine ranked Fort Wayne fourth out of 300 best places to live in the nation.

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