The Bad: Indianapolis made the list because of its high crime rate and high air pollution, according to city-data.com. The weather doesn’t help: summers are hot and the winters are freezing.
The Good: Indianapolis is one of America’s most affordable cities. The unemployment rate has dropped to 8.4 percent from 9.1 percent last August. The housing market is stable, Sperling notes. Plus, there is a lot of art and culture, several sports teams and it’s home to several major universities including Ball State, Butler and Purdue.
The Recovery: Indianapolis has moved from a manufacturing-based economy to a more diverse one that also includes health care, social services and retail. The city currently has momentum: Growth is expected in the life sciences and logistics sectors, as well as the trucking sector as the U.S. economy recovers. Plus, the city is attracting more conventions.