Indianapolis Real Estate Report

Disclaimer:This article is not financial advice but my personal opinions.

Overall Prospects: 212020: 16
Investor Demand: 3.312020: 3.88
2021 Price: $195,000 (+10.4%)2021 as % of previous cycle peak: 159%

Data from The Emerging Trends

Indianapolis is the capital of the state of Indiana. It's also the third most populous city in Midwest, after Chicago and Columbus. Most of the population is younger: 61% is between 18 and 64. 5-year projected net migration is at 10600, and according to uhaul, Indy is the 9th most popular destination.

Indianapolis doesn't only host many major conventions, it's also the host city of NBA Pacers and NFL Colts. However, the most well-known sports in Indy is its motorsport. Speedway just hosted its annual Indy 500 on Memorial Day. 135,000 fans gather at Indy 500 this year.


Transportation is the biggest industry, it provides 21.79% jobs in job markets. This is mostly because of its central location and extensive highway and rail infrastructure. Indy is also the home to the second largest FedEx  Express hub. Indianapolis International Airport also ranks as the sixth busiest US airport in terms of air cargo transport.

Besides transportation, banking, healthcare, and pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and real estate are Indianapolis's major industries.

Companies with headquarters or major presence including:

  • Eli Lilly, pharmaceutical, with more than tens of thousands of employees in Indy
  • Insurance: Anthem Blue Cross (HQ),Roche (HQ),OneAmerica (HQ)
  • Real Estate: Trust Duke Realty (HQ), Simon Property Group (HQ)
  • Chase, PNC, Bank of America have major presence
  • Salesforce Marketing Cloud (HQ) has Indy's highest building the Salesforce Tower
  • Tech: Angie's list (HQ),  Genesys, Infosys, Appirio (HQ)
  • Industrial: Rolls Royce, Allison Transmission, Calumet, Cummins, Corteva.
  • Retail: Finish line (HQ), Lids(HQ)

The economy of Indianapolis is very diverse and very robust. With many companies increasing their investments in the area, I'm very confident about the economic development of Indianapolis.


Even though the school district in Carmel might be the best in Midwest, Indianapolis doesn't have a world-renowned university like some of the other major cities.

  • Indiana University-Purdue University--Indianapolis (IUPUI) has 20-30k enrollees.
  • Butler University
  • Marian University

Real Estate Market

  • ZHVI is $180,776 on April 2021
  • 1-year increase is 15.7% and 60% for 5-years

Incomplete Neighborhoods Guide


Indianapolis in the circle of 485

The north side is all very good B to A neighborhoods, while the other parts are very street by street. There are some very bad ones like Englewood but also popular districts like Fountain Square and Bates-Hendricks which show up in HGTV Good Bones.


Carmel-Fishers have the best school districts, A neighborhoods all over, very desirable, and can be counted as the denser suburbs here.

Westfield and Noblesville is even further out but still A class neighborhoods. They are more sparse or rural, but they have a lot of new constructions activities going on.

Zionsville is the most expensive suburb in Indy, although the population is relatively sparser.


Brownsburg, Avon, Plainfield are slightly different, but they all have great school districts. They are mostly B to A class neighborhoods.


Decatur, Camby and all the way to Mooresville are B neighborhoods but with terrible school districts. Apparently, their local reputation is far from good.

Southport and Greenwood all the way to Franklin Township are sparse suburbs with A neighborhoods.


East is mostly Lawrence. Lawrence above 56th is pretty good with B to A neighborhoods but below 56 is mostly bad areas that people avoid. Fort Harrison and all the way to the right has many mansions or luxurious golf clubs or apartments.

Lawrence hence has controversial reputation. The school district is terrible, and from what I've heard, people who live in golf clubs or McMansions usually send their kids to private schools.


PwC Emerging Trends

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Minwei Xu

Minwei Xu

Software Engineer at Facebook and Indianapolis Real Estate Investor
Bay Area, CA