Fort Wayne, Indiana, City Facts and Higher Education Info

Fort Wayne is a business, educational and population center for northeastern Indiana. The city is home to such institutions of higher learning as the University of Saint Francis, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne (IPFW) and the Indiana Institute of Technology. Read about Fort Wayne here.

Information about Fort Wayne, Indiana

Based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Fort Wayne, Indiana, had a population of 258,522 residents, making it the second-largest city in the state after Indianapolis. As of 2014, approximately 74 percent of Fort Wayne's population was white, while around 15 percent identified as African American and 8 percent as Hispanic.

Fort Wayne has its own philharmonic orchestra and a number of museums, including the nation's largest museum dedicated to Abraham Lincoln. The Fort Wayne Plexes are sports structures that host receptions, parties, trade shows and other events. The North Plex houses two indoor soccer fields, a tapped bar and a sporting equipment store. The South Plex has a professional sized field, plus batting cages and a driving range. There are several well-organized sporting clubs, including a bike club, an ultimate Frisbee organization, a runners' club, a ski club and a rugby league. Residents of this area enjoy four distinct seasons, as do most cities across the Midwest. This provides many opportunities to participate in recreational activities, ranging from fishing and waterskiing to cross-country skiing and tobogganing.

Higher Education

The city is home to the Indiana Institute of Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, the University of St. Francis and a Roman Catholic seminary, Concordia Theological Seminary. The area also hosts the main northeastern campus of Ivy Tech Community College. Indiana as a whole is known as a destination for higher education, with some of the country's best public universities helping to draw a large number of international and out-of-state students each year, and Fort Wayne, like all Indiana cities, benefits both economically and culturally from the influx of students.

Economic Facts

Leading employers in Fort Wayne include Parkview Health Systems, Lutheran Health Network, Fort Wayne Community Schools, and city and county government offices. Lincoln Financial Group is another major employer, with nearly 2,000 employees, and IPFW, BAE Systems Platform Solutions and Frontier Communications Corp each provide jobs for more than 1,000 men and women.

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