Quality of Life
Recreational & Cultural Amenities
Madison County has numerous attractions and recreational activities that appeal to a variety of tastes and ages. Here are just a few of the many attractions available:
ANDERSON CENTER FOR THE ARTS (www.andersonart.org) is located in the historic 1905 Carnegie Library building. Enjoy exhibits and permanent collections, hands-on children’s gallery, tours, and gift shop. Room rentals available.
ANDERSON SPEEDWAY (www.andersonspeedway.com) is proclaimed as the fastest quarter mile high-banked oval motor speedway in the world. Different types of automobile racing are offered March through October.
ANDERSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (www.andersonsymphony.org) performs five concerts at the Historic Paramount Theater from June to September. This professional orchestra also performs at a free celebration at Shadyside Park in June.
FALLS PARK (http://www.town.pendleton.in.us/recreation/falls-park/) breathtaking water falls on Fall Creek are a part of Pendleton’s heritage. For nearly two centuries, The Falls have been the focal point of life and at the heart of an expansive park that features nature trails, an Olympic-size swimming pool, meeting facilities, a historical museum, and much more.
GAITHER FAMILY RESOURCES (www.gaitherfamilyresources.net/) is the world renowned Gospel Music sensation created by Bill and Gloria Gaither. Tour Gaither Studios and Gaither Music Company, shop and dine in the Gaither Resource Center, or enjoy the new conference/banquet room.
THE HOUSE OF GLASS (www.thehouseofglassinc.com) conceptual art glass paperweights and other uniquely designed creations are among the finest in the world. Stunning, professionally crafted art glass is created for the serious collector and hobbyist alike. The highly detailed, meticulously crafted, colored glass content is encapsulated in brilliant optical quality crystal.
HOOSIER PARK (www.hoosierpark.com) is more than just a great facility; it’s one of the nation’s premier horse racing venues and casino. Enjoy casual dining in Homestretch Restaurant and bring the kids to enjoy the playground. Simulcasting 7 days a week, all year around. Live racing in Spring and Fall.
Indiana’s smallest State Park, MOUNDS STATE PARK (www.in.gov/dnr), has some of the best preserved mounds in the state built by prehistoric Adena & Hopewell people. The park also offers camping, trails, picnic areas, Visitor Center with Naturalist activities, swimming, fishing and more.
THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE & BALLROOM (www.andersonparamount.org) is a beautifully restored 1929 “atmospheric” theatre, with Moorish courtyard façade, designed by architect John Eberson. Anderson Symphony Orchestra performs at this historic Paramount Theatre.
WETLAND NATURE PRESERVE located at Broadway and Grand Avenue connects the Indian Trails Riverwalk with Shadyside Park. Enjoy 15 acres of lush green foliage and flowers as you commune with nature.
With Indianapolis being a 20- to 50-minute drive from Madison County, additional recreational opportunities exist. The most famous sporting activities include the Indianapolis Colts (NFL), Indiana Pacers (NBA), the Indianapolis Indians (Minor League Baseball), and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which is home to the Indianapolis 500. There are many cultural activities to attend such as museums, theater, symphony, etc. The Indianapolis Metro Area is also home to many global companies; ethnic restaurants and international grocery stores are only a 10 to 30 minute drive from Madison County.
Health Care Facilities
Madison County has two hospitals:
- St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital (www.stvincent.org/St-Vincent-Anderson-Regional/)
- Community Hospital Anderson (www.communityanderson.com)
- St. Vincent Mercy Hospital Elwood (http://www.stvincent.org/St-Vincent-Mercy/)
All hospitals are part of large network of hospitals and provide wide range of health and medical services such as emergency service, cancer care, neurosurgery, and maternity services.
In addition, there are three urgent care centers (walk-in health clinics) in Madison County, including Med One, MedCheck and MedExpress. Madison County Community Health Center also provides a full medical and health service including dental care for the uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid, and Medicare populations.
Schools (Primary and Secondary)
Madison County School Corporations and alternative schools include:
Alexandria-Monroe Community Schools –Alexandria; Anderson Community Schools–Anderson; Anderson Preparatory Academy, a public military-style charter K – 12th Grade –Anderson; Elwood Community Schools –Elwood; Frankton-Lapel Community Schools -Frankton and Lapel; Indiana Christian Academy, a private Christian based Pre K – 12th Grade –Anderson; Liberty Christian School, a private Christian based Pre K – 12th Grade –Anderson; South Madison Community Schools -Pendleton
Nearby Hamilton County also offers a variety of quality educational opportunities. Many international students attend Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Fishers, Carmel Clay Schools in Carmel, Noblesville Schools in Noblesville, Westfield- Washington Schools in Westfield as well as private schools in Hamilton County. Madison County is an easy 20-minute drive from these communities.
Cost of Living
According to Sperling’s Best Places (www.bestplaces.net), Cost of Living Index for Madison County is 81. C2ER (Council for Community and Economic Research) does not publish Cost of Living Index for smaller communities in Madison County. The C2ER index for the nearby Muncie was 90.2 while Indianapolis was 91.5 (Q3 2014 – Q3 2015).
Climate and Natural Disasters
- Annual Average Temperature High / Low: 60.4F/ 42.2F
- Annual Average Precipitation: 38.6 inches
- Annual Average Number of Days with Precipitation: 110 days
- Annual Average Snowfall: 19.4 inches
- Annual Average Number of Days with Snow: 7.4 days
- Annual Average Number of Days Above 90F/32C: 18.4 days
- Annual Average Number of Days Below 32F/0C: 117.3 days
The Anderson-Madison County area is not known for many natural disasters such as hurricanes, wildfire, or earthquakes. Tornadoes are possible just as in any parts of the Midwest United States, though the Anderson-Madison County area has not had any damages from tornado touchdowns recently. According to National Center for Environmental Information (NOAA), the average annual number of tornadoes (1991-2010) is 22 in the entire state of Indiana.