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Anderson, Indiana, City and Higher Education Information

Anderson is a city in Indiana, located northeast of the state capital of Indianapolis. Anderson hosts Anderson University, a private institution of higher learning. Read about it here.

Information about Anderson

Anderson, Indiana, is a mid-sized city of approximately 55,500 people, according to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. Located in the east-central portion of the state, Anderson features a notably low cost of living - the median home value was $73,000 for 2010-2014, based on census bureau figures - and comparatively low incomes. Like many smaller cities in Indiana, Anderson has a predominately white population (78.8%, as of 2010).

Anderson offers attractions such as the Anderson Center for the Arts, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra and the Madison County Historical Society. Several golf courses are located in the city, while Hoosier Park is a well-known horse racetrack also located within the city limits. Indianapolis, the capital and largest city of Indiana, is an easy drive to the southwest and is home to such sites as the Broad Ripple cultural district, Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and the Indiana Statehouse.

Higher Education

Anderson University, a private university affiliated with the Church of God, is located in Anderson and enrolled about 2,400 students, as of Fall 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranked Anderson University the 35th best regional university in the Midwest in 2016. Other nearby institutions of higher learning include Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion and the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis.

Economy and Employment

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the annual median household income for residents of Anderson was $33,854 for the period 2010-2014; this was significantly less than the overall Indiana median of about $48,737. In addition to numerous jobs in health care and education, Madison County's top employers include Hoosier Park Racing and Casino, trucking company Carter Express and Nestle USA, according to the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.


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