About Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne is Indiana’s second-largest city and is home to over 250,000 residents. (Allen County, Indiana’s largest county by size, has a population of 355,000.)

We are a three-time All America City Award winner, and are consistently sited for our high quality of life, low cost of living and warm Hoosier Hospitality.

Nearly equidistant from Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit, it has historically served as a transportation and communications center for Northeast Indiana, and an incubator for many products and companies.

Other Facts & Accolades

  • Home of the Fort Wayne Daisies – the professional women’s baseball team featured in the movie, “A League of Their Own.”
  • First Night Baseball Game – Site of the first successful night baseball game played under lights.
  • Johnny Appleseed – The official burial place of John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) is located here, and has a honorary annual festival in his name.
  • Best Golf Town – Ranked near the top in America Rankings 2005 Best Golf Towns chart.
  • Tree City USA – We have held this designation from the National Arbor Foundation for 18 years.
  • Nicknames – Known as the City of Churches, City of Restaurants, the Summit City, the City that Saved Itself, and named an All-America City three times!
  • Inventions – Many inventions came to life in Fort Wayne, including the washing machine, baking powder, the calculator, juke box, television, Breathalyzer, and refrigerator.
  • More Inventions – A few others include stereo sound, the garbage disposal, magnetic wire, streetlights and the gasoline pump. All were first created and manufactured in Fort Wayne.
  • Arts United – The third oldest united nonprofit arts fund in the United States and the second largest arts council in the State of Indiana is located here in Fort Wayne.
  • Most Affordable Housing – Fort Wayne was ranked as having the most affordable housing market in five countries (The United States, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom) according to the 3rd Annual Demographic International Housing Afford ability Study in 2007.