Muncie, Indiana, is a community of more than 70,000 people located in east central Indiana. In recent years, Muncie has consistently been named among the most affordable college towns in the United States in Coldwell Banker’s College Home Listing Report.

Following landmark studies of Muncie through a number of decades, Muncie is known as Middletown U.S.A. and houses the Center for Middletown Studies. And, thanks to work by Ball State researchers and federal dollars, Muncie is also making a name for itself as the Digital Middletown.

And while Muncie offers a respite from the daily hassles of large metro areas, residents have easy access to big cities. Muncie is just 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Other cities within a few hours driving distance include Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Louisville, and St. Louis.

Local Attractions and Recreation

Muncie is home to many unique attractions including Minnetrista and Oakhurst Gardens, the National Model Aviation Museum, and Cardinal Greenway, a recreational trail for athletes of all kinds. The Muncie Symphony offers first-rate programs featuring nationally known artists, and the Muncie Civic Theater produces plays for all audiences. The David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State houses a collection of nearly 11,000 works and is one of only four Indiana art museums with a notable, well-rounded collection. Plus, Emens Auditorium features prominent music, theatre, and cultural events.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Prairie Creek Reservoir is a 1,252-acre man-made lake surrounded by 3,000 acres of rolling hills. The lake is stocked with a variety of fish. Boat docks are available, and a beach provides a popular summer swimming spot.


Muncie 70,085
Delaware County 117,671
Indiana 6.48 million

Source: 2010 U.S. Census


Average January temperatures 26 degrees, Fahrenheit (-3 degrees Celsius)
Average July temperatures 74 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius)
Average precipitation 36 inches (92 centimeters) per year
Average snowfall 21 inches (53 centimeters) per year

Source: Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce