Fort Wayne is the second largest city in Indiana, but it’s only the 77th largest city in the nation, giving it that perfect small-city/big-town feel you can’t find anywhere else.
Here are five reasons why we love living and working in the heart of Fort Wayne, Indiana—and 5 reasons why we think you may love it too.
1. Charming Midwest Culture
The Midwest is known for its friendly people and laid-back lifestyle, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in Fort Wayne. It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing a familiar face or two. Our Midwest culture runs deep, and there’s nothing we value more than family, faith, and a strong work ethic.
At Shelton Financial Group, we love Fort Wayne so much that many of our families have been here for three or four generations. We can’t get enough of it.
2. Rapid Revitalization of Downtown
Fort Wayne has a flourishing downtown that’s rapidly undergoing revitalization. While the area is already full of parks, art, and delicious food, the city is quickly adding new boutique hotels, mixed-use development spaces, and even more diverse restaurants bursting with flavor.
Plus, downtown is home to many museums and the spectacular Parkview Field ballpark—named the #1 minor league stadium in the U.S.
3. Top-Rated Public And Private Schools
Looking for a great place to send the kids to school? Fort Wayne has a great mix of top-rated public and private schools that may be just what you need.
GreatSchools—an independent nonprofit that ranks schools based on factors like student graduation rates, college readiness, and test scores—has given many of our schools a rating of 10 out of 10, signifying that they’re above average in these areas. (1)
4. Unbeatable Location
Fort Wayne gives you the best of both worlds. You get to enjoy a small-town feel while only being a few hours away from bustling cities like Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Columbus, and Lake City, Michigan. This close proximity makes it easy to load the family in the car for a quick day trip or weekend getaway.
5. Great Cost Of Living
Living in Fort Wayne means you enjoy the comforts of being close to a big city without having to pay the high price tag that comes with it. In fact, the cost of living is 12% lower here compared to the national average. (2)
The biggest driver behind this low cost of living is housing expenses, which is 30% cheaper than the national average. (3) The median price for a home in Fort Wayne is only $242,206 and the average energy bill is $152 a month. (4)
This low cost of living means Fort Wayne leaves plenty of wiggle room in your budget to secure your financial future and plan for a happy retirement.
How We Support Our Community
At, we’ve been serving Northeast Indiana for over 25 years. We’re avid supporters of Loving Shepherd Ministries, Helping Hands, and Forgotten Children Worldwide — three local ministries that are making a direct impact in our community.
We love where we live and take pride in helping Midwesterners and Fort Wayne locals achieve financial independence. If you need help reaching your long-term goals or simply have questions about urgent financial matters, we invite you to schedule a call with us today. You can reach out to us at 260-436-7006 or schedule your free 30-minute Fit Call online.
About Shelton Financial Group
Shelton Financial Group is an independent, multi-generational firm in North East Indiana that takes a team approach to addressing their clients most pressing financial concerns. SFG was founded in 1996 with the mission of helping people enjoy their wealth. Using their proprietary “One Life Formula,” the team at SFG focuses on what matters most to their clients and what they can control, integrating their wealth management needs with other aspects of their financial picture. To learn more about Shelton Financial Group and how they can help you achieve financial independence,