Best Cities 2010: Fort Wayne, IN

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Best Cities 2010: Fort Wayne, IN

Fort Wayne appeals to families because of its affordability, high education system and low crime rates.

City: Fort Wayne

State: Indiana

Best Cities Overall Rank: 32

About Fort Wayne: Fort Wayne earned the nickname City of Churches because it was the crossroads of the Catholic, Lutheran, and Episcopal religions in the late-1800’s.

With a median home list price of $89,500, new families can consider planting their roots in affordable Fort Wayne. The high education system and low crime rate are noteworthy. The city’s preschools rank 93 and its math scores rank 84 — not to mention a 16:7 pupil-teacher ratio for grade schools.

County: Allen

Population: 251,591

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitor’s bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Journal Gazette, The News-Sentinel

Fort Wayne blogs: Around Fort Wayne, The Natural Mommy, Fort Wayne Observed

Fort Wayne‘s Facebook page: Follow Fort Wayne on Facebook 

Fort Wayne‘s Twitter page: Follow Fort Wayne on Twitter 


Education rank: 25

High School graduation rate 2008: 78.9%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.19

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 27

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 10.73

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 16.69

Total Expenditures Per Student: $11,223


Health rank: 74

Quality children’s hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 23

Violent Crimes, 2008: 816

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 324.34

Sex Offenders: 467

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 185.62


Economy rank: 68

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 20           

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 10.8    

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1213.19

Median Home List Price: $89,500                          


Recreation Rank:  61

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 2400          

Parkland per 100,000: 953.93