Muncie, Indiana, located in the East Central part of the state about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis, is the seat of Delaware County. It was named Munsee Town by the Lenape people and later changed to Muncietown and eventually shortened to Muncie in 1845. The town was developed as an industrial and manufacturing center and was also part of the Indiana gas boom of the late 1800’s. The Ball brothers were an important part in the development of Muncie when they brought their glass manufacturing company here in 1888, and iron and steel companies followed. Today, the town of 68,625 (2017 census) is home to Ball State University (of which David Letterman is a famous alumni), and the Academy of Model Aeronautics which is the largest model airplane organization and hosts the world’s larges model airplane competition. Muncie was recognized as a “typical American city” through the “Middletown Studies” (1929) during which the town was studied by a team of sociologists and it has continued to be studied throughout the decades with books and a PBS documentary written about it, and is said to be one of the most studied cities of its size in the United States. Photo of Muncie City Hall in 2005 courtesy of Wikipedia and Paul.mallasch; photo of The Cardinal Greenway, a multi-use rail trail courtesy of Wikipedia and Netted; photo of the David Letterman Communication and Media Building dedication ceremony in 2007 (Ball State University campus) courtesy of Wikipedia and Rapierce.
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Where to Retire in Muncie and Home Prices
According to Zillow the median home value was $86,300, in mid-2019, well below the national average, and Zillow calls it a "Very Hot" market. Because it is a college town you would need to pick your neighborhood wisely.
What Is Special about Muncie
Muncie is a diverse college town with an average age of just about 30 years. Ball State University adds a lot to the community with sporting events, a performing arts center, an arboretum and historic homes once owned by the Ball family. Muncie also features music festivals, annual events, galleries, museums, parks and rails to trails system.
What Is Not Special about Muncie
The crime rate here is higher than the national average; winters are long and cold
Who Will Like Retirement in Muncie
Retirees looking to live in a vibrant college town would like Muncie as it has sporting events, performing arts, a library, medical care, public transportation, and miles of biking trails. Model airplane buffs would love it here. You do have to enjoy mixing in with the younger crowd as the median age in Muncie is just 29 years.
Local Economy Is Driven by
Muncie still has ties to industry, but it is now more of an education and health center with IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and Ball State University the town's largest employers.
Climate and Physical Environment
January's average temperature is 28 degrees and July's average is 74 degrees. Muncie gets about 22 inches of snow annually.
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
There are many restaurants in Muncie. The town has art galleries, museums, downtown performing arts theaters, and an outdoor amphitheater and green space. Ball State University provides much of the cultural events with the David Owsley Museum which includes over 11,000 works, and the Emens Auditorium which seats over 3,000 patrons. The university also has a planetarium and an 18-acre arboretum open to the public.
The crime rate here is higher than the national average.
Ball Memorial Hospital is located in Muncie and provides all types of medical care.
Muncie is not considered a walkable community but does have public bus transportation. The nearest airports are in Fort Wayne or Indianapolis, both about 75 miles away. The town has many bike trails, and Bike Muncie is a cycling program to promote biking and infrastructure.
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