MedPro International is placing foreign-educated healthcare professionals in exciting positions throughout the United States. This week we take a closer look at Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Located in the northeast corner of Indiana, Fort Wayne is the state’s second-largest city and four-time winner of the All-America City Award. It’s just one of the many accolades the city has received for providing residents with top-notch amenities and a high-quality lifestyle at an affordable price. A progressive business climate, a favorably rated public school system and college and trade school options, and plenty of extra circular opportunities make Fort Wayne an attractive destination for families and young adults.
Fort Wayne is in one of the 12 states defined as the Midwest region, often referred to as “America’s Heartland” for its role in the nation’s manufacturing and agriculture. Indiana is a leader in corn and soybean production, but despite these rural surroundings, Fort Wayne offers plenty of the benefits residents associate with city life. Credited as the birthplace of basketball, Fort Wayne bleeds the sport. The city hosted its first professional basketball game in 1871, and today is home to the NBA G League Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Residents enjoy a cold and temperate climate, with an average high of 31.0F in January, the coldest month, and a high of 84.3F in July, the hottest month.
Manufacturing is one of Fort Wayne’s primary industries, but the city continues to diversify with specialty insurance, logistics and e-commerce, and healthcare. Parkview Health leads all companies in the city with almost 9,000 employed, and the Lutheran Health Network employs more than 4,000. Fort Wayne is the second fastest-growing metro area in the Great Lakes region.
Local Medical Facilities
Orthopedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network, Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Parkview Regional Medical Center, and Parkview Ortho Hospital were all ranked “High Performing” in at least one procedure or condition by U.S. News & World Report.
Quality of Life
- Cost of Living: 19.4 percent below the national rate
- Population: 265,974 based on the 2020 Census estimates
- Median Home Sale Price: $175,000
- Median Gross Rent: $1,046
- Median Household Income: $53,978
- Per Capita Income: $29,268
- Live below the poverty line: 15.5 percent
- Median Age: 36.2 years
- Average commute time: 21.3 minutes
Overall grade: B- (Niche.com)
- Student-Teacher ratio: 18 to 1
- Serving: 30,000 students in Pre-K, K through high school
Fort Wayne is home to several institutions of higher learning for Explorers looking to expand their careers or do a deep dive into a subject of interest. Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana Institute of Technology, University of Saint Francis, and Trine University – Fort Wayne Education Center are all within city limits.
Citilink Explorers looking to utilize public transportation can take Citilink, Fort Wayne’s bus service. Routes run across the city daily except on national holidays.
Fort Wayne International The local airport has 13 non-stop flights to popular destinations across the U.S., including Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Philadelphia for Explorers looking for a quick get-a-way.
Fort Wayne Public Art Trail Visit more than 100 Instagram-worthy locations with murals, sculptures, and public art. Check in at each site to redeem a prize.
Chain O’Lakes State Park Paddle out onto a small boaters’ paradise. Nine connected lakes, 23 miles of forested trails, a beach, and campgrounds make Chain O’Lakes State Park a weekend destination for many.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Visit the site of the largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500. It’s short drive south on Interstate 69.
Clyde Theater From a historic movie house to a hyper-modern music hall, enjoy a show at this state-of-the-art, yet still intimate, performance location hosting greats such as Boney James and the Robert Cray Band.
Shopping Whether you’re looking for your favorite department store, a great deal at an outlet, a specialty boutique, or the local farmer’s market, Fort Wayne has plenty of options.
Promenade Park Indiana’s newest attraction, celebrates the three rivers (the St. Mary’s, the Joseph, and the Maumee), which meets at the city’s center, with adventure trails, riverboat cruises, and kayak rentals.
Minor League Sports Explorers don’t need to venture to neighboring cities to see a little head-to-head competition. Fort Wayne is home to several minor league teams providing fans with plenty of action. The TinCaps baseball team takes the field from April – September. The Komet hockey team has been skating the ice since 1952, and Explorers can watch NBA superstars of tomorrow tipoff for the NBA G League Mad Ants basketball team.
Johnny Appleseed Park Visit the final resting place of the man who supposedly skipped through the countryside, sprinkling apple seeds and leaving orchids in his wake. There’s also boating, fishing, sailing, camping, and picnicking.
Science Central More than 200 permanent and additional temporary exhibits will have your mind and senses racing as you explore nature, the stars, and how science works in our everyday lives.
Nightlife Whether you prefer a corner bar, craft beer and cigars, or a spot to break in your dancing shoes, Fort Wayne has plenty of venues for all tastes.
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