Affectionately known by its residents as ‘Indy’, Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and also the largest city in the state. It is a fantastic city with a history routed in politics, which is why there are so many great buildings and architectural structures to see. In fact, in the US, only Washington DC has more monuments. It is a great place for expats to live in, thanks to its diverse economy, affordable housing as well as a widely regarded downtown area. Indianapolis is also a popular tourist destination, playing host to a number of sporting events each year including the Indianapolis 500 Speedway race. Those with an interest in sport can visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum as well as the see the Colts (American Football) and Pacers (Basketball) in action. Other great tourist spots include the Madame Walker Theatre and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Expatriates looking to move to Indianapolis will benefit from the affordable housing prices and wide range of work sectors. The city’s metropolitan area is rapidly growing, which makes it an excellent base for individuals and families looking for a location with plenty to see and do. InterNations is designed to help expatriates in Indianapolis connect with fellow Indiana expats and others in order to share information and advice about the city in particular or live abroad in general. The InterNations community features members from hundreds of nationalities from all over the world, whose knowledge and experience can help make moving to Indianapolis easier. It is, for example, important to note when moving to Indianapolis that the state of Indiana sits across two time zones – Eastern Time and Central time. Indianapolis is in the Eastern Time zone, but if you head west, you should double check the time in that area as the time zone could be different.
Indianapolis has a number of different industries which means that there are a wide range of jobs available including those in the agricultural, manufacturing, transport and more with the electronics and pharmaceutical industries being amongst the largest. More recently, its finance sector has seen growth making it a desirable location to those in this industry. Its government, healthcare and educational sectors remain strong. Indianapolis is an appealing place to work in, also thanks to the city’s lower cost of living when compared with many other major cities in the US. Those living in downtown Indianapolis will find many businesses on their doorstep within walking distance, making it an accessible and convenient area, whilst there are a number of public transport options to get around the rest of the city. By joining the InterNations community, you could find yourself connected to like-minded people who have been in your shoes before and who can offer you realistic, honest advice about working and living in Indianapolis as an expatriate.