Indianapolis, IN

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Indianapolis, IN

How Happy Are Indianapolis' Homeowners?

It’s been said that the social life of Indianapolis happens in back yards* — and the happiness of the city’s homeowners reflects that. More than 90 percent of Indy homeowners report living in a single-family home, and residents also report having more trees, decks, porches and fire pits than homeowners in other areas. Interestingly, Indy homeowners are even happier with their home’s interiors than their exteriors, with the majority citing master bedrooms, walk-in closets and air conditioning among the top contributors to their happiness. To be even happier, Indy homeowners would remodel their kitchens and bathrooms. Then, they’d build new decks and patios.

Indianapolis's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Painted interior room/area
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Built a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Planted a garden/landscaping

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Replace/refinish flooring
  • Make garage improvements

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Happiest Home Features

Indianapolis's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Central air conditioning
  • Lots of natural light
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Hardwood flooring
  • New appliances

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Improved insulation
  • Organized closet/storage space

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Trees
  • Front porch
  • Fence

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • A fire pit
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Freshly painted exterior
  • Built-in outdoor barbecue

It's not just projects and features that make Indianapolis's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Easy access to highways
  • Reasonable property & school taxes
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Good municipal services

Overall Home
Happiness

84%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

55%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Indianapolis home:

  • Homeowners have:3.3 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.3 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:11 years

  • Average square footage:2,200

  • Age of home:35 years

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