Yesterday I posted what I miss about living in North Carolina. Today I’m going to tell you what I love about Indiana:
- Golf. Oddly, there are more public golf courses around here, than there were where I lived in NC. (Although there were many very famous and expensive ones in other parts of North and South Carolina). I learned to golf when we lived in Minnesota and have enjoyed the chance to get back into the game.
- Culture. Indianapolis, in my opinion, has a lot of great cultural opportunities. We have a first-rate orchestra, a fantastic repertory theatre, and a full season of artistic performances at Butler University’s Cloews Hall, in addition to dozens of smaller events.
- Summers. While I loved North Carolina winters, the summers were always — as one friend from Charlotte put it — “stinkin’ sticky hot.” Most people there stayed out of the heat and inside the comfort of their (overly) air-conditioned homes, offices, stores and restaurants during the summer. In Indiana we have pleasantly hot summer days and long temperate evenings, perfect for getting out to play baseball or golf, to host cookouts, to walk the dog, and to mingle with the neighbors.
- Our schools. The school district where we live is consistently rated as one of the best in the state, all for thousands less in property taxes than we were paying in Durham.
- Frozen custard. There was one place in North Durham that sold this cool treat, which is richer and creamer than ice cream. Here in Indiana, there are three great places within a few miles of our house.
- Friends. We were welcomed wholeheartedly when we moved here and quickly developed a number of very strong relationships. In addition, I can’t remember laughing this much on a regular basis since I worked at camp after college.
- Friendliness. Which is what led in large part to #6. Hoosiers are just a nice, down-to-earth group of folks. I haven’t encountered any of the provincialism that can still be found in the South. As a bonus, we are still southern “enough” that most restaurants offer the option of sweet tea.
- Pro sports. What Indy lacks in college basketball it makes up for in professional sports, including the Colts, the Pacers, and the world-famous Indianapolis 500.
- Cost of living. We have one of the lowest tax rates in the country and a very affordable housing market that neither spiked as dramatically nor crashed as severely as many parts of the U.S. over the last decade.
- Midwestern accessibility. We are three hours from Chicago, three hours from Cincinnati, two hours from Louisville, four hours from Nashville and four hours from St. Louis. There’s a reason they call this “The Crossroads of America.”