Indiana Housing Market Vitality

Market Rank


Indiana metro area house prices are forecasted to underperform the national market over the next twelve months. Currently, the market is tracking the overall U.S. market. Compared to 12-months ago, Indiana’s housing market has strengthened. Current local economic conditions support an estimated 14.9% 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 thirteenth amongst all states and D.C. The three-month outlook is negative.

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 Underperforming Negative235
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN Tracking Negative168
Columbus, IN Underperforming Negative232
Elkhart-Goshen, IN Outperforming Negative88
Evansville, IN-KY Underperforming Negative245
Fort Wayne, IN Outperforming Negative44
Gary, IN Tracking Negative149
Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Outperforming Negative75
Kokomo, IN Underperforming Negative195
Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN Tracking Negative161
Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Underperforming Negative182
Michigan City-La Porte, IN Underperforming Negative275
Muncie, IN Underperforming Negative309
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI Tracking Negative163
Terre Haute, IN Underperforming Negative268

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.

Updated September 08, 2021 with data through July 2021