Indiana Housing Market Vitality

Market Rank


Indiana metro area house prices are forecasted to outperform the national market over the next twelve months. Currently, the market is outperforming the overall U.S. market. Compared to 12-months ago, Indiana’s housing market has weakened. Current local economic conditions support an estimated 6.2% increase in house prices over the next twelve months. Based on the housing market vitality of the fifteen metro housing markets which comprise it, Indiana’s housing market ranks tenth amongst all states and D.C. The three-month outlook is positive.

Housing Market Vitality

Housing Market Vitality summarizes the impact of economic conditions on house prices. A value of 100 corresponds to conditions supporting current price appreciation; values less than 100 correspond to a dampening effect and values greater than 100 indicate a positive impact on house prices. A housing market vitality value can be interpreted as a growth rate. Hence, a reading of 105.8 can be interpreted as a 5.8% annualized increase in house prices.

Indiana Metro Housing Markets

Indiana is comprised of fifteen metro housing markets that account for nearly 78% of the state’s population. The Hoosier State metro housing markets are unique in their demographics and local economies and exhibit trends that are distinct from the national and state narrative. Each metro market presents its own unique opportunity.

Bloomington, IN Outperforming Neutral 112
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Outperforming Positive 106
Columbus, IN Tracking Positive 141
Elkhart-Goshen, IN Tracking Negative 206
Evansville, IN-KY Underperforming Negative 341
Fort Wayne, IN Outperforming Positive 22
Gary, IN Underperforming Negative 263
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Outperforming Positive 33
Kokomo, IN Outperforming Positive 92
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN Outperforming Positive 66
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Underperforming Positive 167
Michigan City-La Porte, IN Outperforming Neutral 119
Muncie, IN Outperforming Negative 176
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI Outperforming Positive 115
Terre Haute, IN Outperforming Positive 123

Industry Specialization

Indiana’s state economy is specialized in Manufacturing and Other svcs. Mining, Information, and Pro Bus svcs industry sectors are less important to the state economy compared to the national economy.

Industry specialization helps explain the differing impact of industry trends on local economies in contrast to industry composition which describes the structure of the economy. A Specialization Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the sector having a greater share of the state economy than it does of the national economy. Sectors with a Specialization Index greater than 120 characterize the local economy.


Compared to the U.S., there is a higher incidence of poverty amongst Indiana residents and they have less purchasing power. There are more high school graduates and a smaller proportion of the population is college educated. Indiana’s population is comparatively less diverse than the overall U.S. population.

A Demographics Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the factor being more intense in the state versus the national average. Characteristics of the local population is a longer-term factor that influences the housing market.

Data through December 2020