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Three Reasons to Invest in Midwest Land
by Laura Mueller
The east and west coasts have always been popular hot spots for land purchasers and investors, but sometimes it pays to think outside of the coastal box. The Midwest, with its sprawling fields and rapidly growing urban centers, presents a ton of opportunity for savvy land purchasers read more…
Indiana is the smallest state in America west of the Appalachian Mountains. For many years the center of the United States’ population was centered in the Hoosier State. The National Road, heading west, ran through Indiana in the 1830s and when the railroads started arriving a decade later there were so many in Indianapolis that the concept of a “union” station was invented. After that Indiana trumpeted itself as “The Crossroads of America.”
Like the quilts the Amish communities of Northern Indiana are famous for, the landscape of the Hoosier State is a patchwork of farmland and woodland. The Indiana land market is always primed with a rich variety of parcels from the rolling hills in the south to the flat prairie land in the central counties to the glacier-carved moraines hard by the towering sand dunes of the Lake Michigan shoreline in the north.
Rural property can be uncovered in every corner of the Indiana checkerboard. Water plays an important part in Indiana land purchases, whether for irrigation or recreational pursuits. The state boasts more than 1,000 lakes and some 24,000 river miles. Sixty-five of Indiana’s rivers have been designated for scenic beauty and the official state river, the Wabash, is the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi River. The 475-mile long Wabash drains some of the choicest farm, hunting and recreation property in Indiana.
Of all its crops Indiana is most proud of the basketball players it raises. Several of its gyms have been designated national historic landmarks and the iconic sports movie, Hoosiers, was based on the real-life 1954 Indiana state high school basketball tournament. Even today Indiana sends more players per capita to the National Basketball Association than any other state. Don’t be surprised if the Indiana land you are looking at, even off the deepest of back roads, has a basketball goal on it.