Jul 6, 2021
If you’re like other remote workers seeking a place that has a great sense of community, Indiana is a great option! The state also offers a low cost of living, affordable housing, access to prestigious universities and more.
As greatguysmoving.com says, “With a cost of living index of 82.1, Indiana easily makes the Top 10 list of most affordable states in America.” As an added benefit, you’ll also get to experience all four seasons in Indiana.
Interested in moving to this state? Below, we’ll cover how to choose your future home, make your move, and connect to your new community.
Looking for the best places to live in Indiana for remote workers? Here are some places you can start.
Bloomington: Bloomington Indiana is home to Indiana University, a top-rated university in the U.S. (it’s rated #76 Nationally). It’s also the seventh largest city in the state, so it has plenty of fun activities while still keeping its small town charm. The job market is thriving, there’s a huge arts and entertainment scene, and you’re just a short drive away from Brown County State Park where you can explore all that nature has to offer. Read this article for 5 more reasons to move to this thriving community.
West Lafayette: West Lafayette is home to Purdue University, which is ranked the 5th best college in the U.S. by the Wall Street Journal. It’s a great place to start a business or raise a family, with lots of opportunities to go to sporting events or experience arts and culture. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of moving to West Lafayette, here’s the city’s report card from Niche.com.
Jasper: Looking for one of the most affordable places to live in the state of Indiana? Jasper’s cost of living is 83.6% and the poverty rate is less than half of the state’s average. Jasper has a small town charm that can’t be beat with its local attractions such as the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame. The community is known for the Jasper Strassenfest, a 3-day street festival that celebrates the community’s German history and draws visitors from across the Midwest. If you’d like to learn more about what it’s like to live in Jasper, read through it’s rankings from Niche.com.
French Lick: French Lick is a small town in southern Indiana known for its mineral springs. Because of its springs, French Lick has a history of being a hot spot for spas and resorts. It’s also home to famous basketball player Larry Bird. French Lick is an affordable place to live, with an ultra low unemployment rate of 2.8%. If you’d like to learn more about living in French Lick, check out it’s Livability scores.
Indianapolis: Looking for a big city with a small town feel? Indianapolis is for you! Located in the heart of Indiana, Indianapolis has a growing food scene, sporting events such as the Indianapolis Colts or the Indianapolis 500, and world-class museums like The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. With a cost of living 7.6% lower than the national average, it’s an affordable place to live and work! It’s also ranked 21st in the U.S. as a great place to jumpstart your career. Get more of an overview of moving to Indianapolis in this article by Bellhop.
Greensburg: Greensburg is a small town located in southeast Indiana. If you’re looking for small-town charm, you’ll love the tree growing from the top of the Decatur County Courthouse, giving Greensburg it’s “tree city” nickname. Greensburg also has an A- housing score, B+ Public School rating, and a B good for families score on Niche.com. It’s also ranked #94 best place to buy a house in Indiana! Learn more about what it’s like to live in Greensburg on Niche.com.
A mural in Greensburg, IN
If you're a remote worker, you can find more cities in Indiana that will pay you to move there. Or, here are some other great places to live:
If you have a family to consider while making your move, be sure to check out our blog, “Remote Work Relocation Considerations for Families.”
Ready to make your move? Moving to a different state can be a little trickier than just moving to a new city. In addition to standard moving tasks, here’s a short checklist of things you’ll want to think about when moving out of state:
Change your Driver's Licenses and Insurance: Requirements for transferring a driver’s license vary from state to state, so you’ll want to check in with your specific state’s DMV. Here’s a link to Indiana’s BMV.
Forward Your Mailing Address: Forwarding your mail is essential whether you’re moving out of state or not, but if mail doesn’t get forwarded while you’re out of state, it’s harder to get it back. Forwarding your mailing address is pretty simple on the USPS website.
Update Your Voter Registration: If you’ve permanently moved to a new state, you will need to update your voter registration before certain deadlines so you can vote in upcoming elections. Here’s an article explaining how to update your registration.
If you currently have a remote position, you might also want to check out our Guide to Moving While Working Remotely.
Strassenfest in Jasper, IN
Indiana can be a great place to live for remote workers! There are several incentives to work remotely in Indiana: receive $6,600 to move to Bloomington, receive $5,000 to move to West Lafayette, receive $5,000 to move to Jasper, or $5,000 to move to French Lick.
Virtual Vocations also lists some great coworking spaces in these areas, which offer opportunities for you to build your community!
Atrium Coworking Space (Ft. Wayne)
Cowork Evansville (Evansville)
COWORK at the Neidhammer (Indianapolis)
MatchBOX Coworking Studio (Lafayette)
Income tax varies greatly between states. SmartAsset.com says, “Indiana has a flat tax rate, meaning you’re taxed at the same 3.23% rate regardless of your income level or filing status. All 92 counties in the Hoosier State also charge local taxes.”
If you’d like to have a job that lets you enjoy all Indiana has to offer, you might consider a remote position. At Make My Move, we have a blog that lists over 100 companies offering remote work. Check it out here.