Fort Wayne, located at the convergence of three rivers, is the seat of Allen County and the cultural and economic center of northeastern Indiana. It is named after General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, a military leader who established the first American fort at the confluence of the St. Mary’s, the St. Joseph, and the Maumee Rivers. During the 21st century the town began transforming itself from a Rust Belt city to one based on healthcare, defense, distribution and finance. Fort Wayne has also concentrated on downtown redevelopment and a Park and Boulevard System which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo of Fort Wayne Skyline courtesy of Wikipedia and Momoneymoproblemz; photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge courtesy of Wikipedia and Joshua Forrest; photo of Historic Embassy Theatre courtesy of Wikipedia and Cliff.
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Where to Retire in Fort Wayne and Home Prices
Fort Wayne has been divided into four unofficial quadrants: northeast, northwest, southeast, and southwest and offers several neighborhoods with diverse populations and housing types. The National Association of Realtors reports the median selling price to be $176,000, during the 3rd quarter of 2020, which is close to an 18% increase from the 3rd quarter of 2019.
What is Special about Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne is home to several schools of higher education, sports teams, many public parks, cultural venues and several health care systems.
What is Not Special about Fort Wayne
Winters are chilly with January's average temperature in the 20's; crime rate is above the national average
Who Will Like Retirement in Fort Wayne
Retirees who want a large college town with all four seasons, outdoor activities, and cultural events would enjoy living here. There are beautiful parks, trails, cultural venues, libraries, health care, public transportation, and volunteer opportunities.
Local Economy is Driven by
The economy here is diverse with manufacturing, health care, retail trade, and finance the top four industries.
Climate and Physical Environment
January's average temperature is 26 degrees, with July's average at 74 degrees. Fort Wayne gets about 33 inches of snow annually.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
Fort Wayne features many restaurants offering many types of cuisine. Culturally, there is a lot to do in Fort Wayne with museums, performing arts, music, historical sites, a zoo and botanical gardens. There are also many parks, kayaking on the rivers, and trails for walking, and biking, and the city hosts several festivals and events.
The crime rate here is a little above the national average.
All types of health care are available in Fort Wayne with several medical facilities, including a VA hospital.
Fort Wayne offers public bus service, and is home to an international airport. The city is also a designated a Bronze Level bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists.
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