Unlocking Indiana's 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets

By Natalia Wolting  • May 24, 2024

Unlocking Indiana's 10 Most Affordable Housing Markets

Indiana has long been a beacon of affordability for remote workers and with good reason. This Midwestern state boasts an array of housing markets that offer not only budget-friendly prices but also a high quality of life. From historic cities steeped in industrial heritage to revitalized downtown areas, Indiana's most affordable housing markets are waiting to be explored. So, get ready to discover the best of both worlds – where your dream home and financial stability go hand in hand.

  1. Gary

The beautiful trails at Miller Beach in Gary, Indiana

  • Median Home Price: $109,000

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $494

  • Why It's a Great Community: Gary sits right on Lake Michigan, offering beautiful beaches and access to all sorts of water activities There are signs of recent revitalization in the community, with new development projects and the new Hard Rock Casino bringing renewed energy the community. Additionally, Gary has a rich cultural heritage, with a strong music scene and interesting historical sites related to the steel industry.

2. Marion

Theatre performance at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana

  • Median Home Price: $137.450

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $769

  • Why It's a Great Community: With a population of around 28,000, Marion might not be a bustling metropolis but it still offers a variety of local shops, restaurants and cultural attractions like the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra and the Community School for the Arts. The city features a scenic Riverwalk along the downtown district, perfect for spending time outdoors. Marion is also home to Indiana Wesleyan University, which adds a youthful vibe and cultural events to the city.

3. Anderson

Downtown Anderson, Indiana

  • Median Home Price: $164,900

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $788

  • Why It's a Great Community: Nature lovers will find plenty to enjoy in Anderson. Mounds State Park offers hiking trails, while Shadyside Lake provides opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. The downtown area is undergoing a revitalization with new restaurants, shops and art galleries popping up. The historic Paramount Theatre and the Anderson Speedway also offer entertainment options.

4. East Chicago

Gino's East pizza is a local favorite in downtown East Chicago

  • Median Home Price: $135,000

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $818

  • Why It's a Great Community: Located just 30 minutes southeast of Chicago, East Chicago offers a rare opportunity to live in an affordable lakefront community within commuting distance of a major metropolitan area. The city has a rich cultural heritage with a mix of ethnicities, reflected in its restaurants and shops and is undergoing a revitalization.

5. Peru

Downtown Peru, Indiana is home to local restaurants and shops

  • Median Home Price: $144,900

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $846

  • Why It's a Great Community: Situated between Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Peru offers an affordable housing market without sacrificing quality of life, making it an attractive option for families and professionals alike. Peru holds the title of "Circus Capital of the World," with an annual circus showcasing the talents of local youth. Additionally, the Miami County Museum and the Grissom Air Museum offer historical and cultural insights.

6. Muncie

The beautiful bell tower at Ball State University

  • Median Home Price: $138,300

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $881

  • Why It's a Great Community: More than just a college town, Muncie is home to Ball State University and boasts a vibrant cultural scene with attractions like the Minnetrista Cultural Center and the Cardinal Greenway, one of the longest rail-trails in the U.S. With its diverse offerings, Muncie is a well-rounded community that caters to a wide range of interests and lifestyles.

7. Logansport

Night festival in Logansport, Indiana

  • Median Home Price: $182,430

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $882

  • Why It's a Great Community: Beyond its affordability, Logansport has a rich history evident in its architecture and sites like the Cass County Historical Society Museum and Civil War buffs can explore the Battle of Phillippe Point Park. The city features areas like Riverside Park for picnicking, the Eel River for fishing and boating and Lake Cicott for outdoor activities. Additionally, Logansport is conveniently located within driving distance of Indianapolis, Fort Wayne and South Bend, offering access to bigger city amenities when desired.

8. Richmond

Located near Springwood Park, Thistlethwaite Falls was voted one of the top waterfalls in the state of Indiana, and is a favorite local fossil hunting location

  • Median Home Price: $134,950

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $899

  • Why It's a Great Community: Richmond boasts five National Register Historic Districts and the Richmond Museum of Art and Wayne County Historical Museum offer cultural experiences. Three colleges are located within Richmond's city limits, offering educational opportunities and a youthful vibe. The city also has a reputation for being a safe place to raise a family.

9. Connersville

Downtown Connersville during Autumn months

  • Median Home Price: $160,000

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $905

  • Why It's a Great Community: If you prefer a quieter, slower pace of life, Connersville might be a good fit. Dating back to 1813, Connersville is a town steeped in history, offering attractions like Elmhurst, an 1800s-era mansion, and a 19-mile scenic railroad connecting the town to nearby Metamora. Connersville's housing market offers a rare opportunity to find a budget-friendly home in a historic community, making homeownership a reality for many.

10. New Castle

Newly expanded Honey Creek Trail in Middletown

  • Median Home Price: $179,900

  • Estimated Monthly Mortgage Payment: $945

  • Why It's a Great Community: New Castle is home to the largest high school gymnasium and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame where its proud ties to the sport are on display. Thanks to a recent $2 million grant from the state, the city is poised for continued growth and development, making it an attractive option for those seeking a vibrant and thriving community to purchase a home in.

While affordability is a key factor in choosing a place to call home, these cities offer much more than just budget-friendly housing. From rich cultural heritage and vibrant arts scenes to outdoor recreational activities - Indiana's most affordable housing markets provide a well-rounded living experience. Moreover, some of these cities participate in the MakeMyMove program, offering additional incentives and relocation assistance to new residents. For example, remote workers who relocate to Richmond can qualify for $5,000 in cash and a free 1-year membership to a co-working space downtown, in addition to other incentives.

So, whether you're a first-time homebuyer, a growing family, or a remote worker seeking a more inexpensive lifestyle, Indiana's most affordable housing markets are worth exploring.


*Median home price based on pricing from Realtor.com

**Estimated monthly mortgage payment calculations from Mortgage Research Center


About MakeMyMove

Remote work has freed millions of Americans to live where they want, and many are making the move to places that better match their lifestyle. In turn, cities and towns across the country are offering incentives like cash, perks and programming to remote workers who move and work from their communities. At MakeMyMove, you can explore all the places, get personalized help to find the one that’s right for you, connect with locals, and access support to make your move a piece of cake.