4) South Bend
On paper, this city is much more affordable than places like Bloomington, in which the average home-owner needs to make six times their annual median wage to afford a house. In South Bend, residents may make a lot less on average, but the cost of living is much cheaper. For example: the median annual salary in SB is almost $35,000. That may seem low, but compare with the average home cost of $81,500. That’s only a little more than double the annual salary. Affordability aside, South Bend has bragging rights as the home town of the University of Norte Dame, one of the best college’s in the country. South Bend is Indiana’s fourth biggest city with a population of 100,000, and there are plenty of museums and concert venues – there’s even a chocolate factory and whiskey distillery!