🇺🇸 Fort Wayne is a city in and the county seat of Allen County, Indiana, United States. Located in north-eastern Indiana, the city is 18 miles west of the Ohio border and 50 miles south of the Michigan border. The city is the second-most populous city in Indiana, and the 75th most populous city in the United States. It is the principal city of the Fort Wayne metropolitan area, consisting of Allen, Wells, and Whitley counties. Fort Wayne is the cultural and economic centre of north-eastern Indiana. In addition to the three core counties, the combined statistical area includes Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, and Steuben counties. Fort Wayne's economy in the 21st century is based upon distribution, transportation and logistics, healthcare, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and financial services. The city is a centre for the defence industry which employs thousands at such companies as BAE Systems, Harris Corporation, Raytheon Systems, and the Fort Wayne Air National Guard Station. There are also many jobs through local healthcare providers Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network.
Fort Wayne was an All-America City Award recipient in 1983, 1998, 2009, and 2021. The city also received an Outstanding Achievement City Livability Award by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 1999.
Economy The city's diversified economy includes; manufacturing, distribution, transportation, and logistics, health care, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and financial services. Companies based in Fort Wayne include Brotherhood Mutual, Do it Best, Franklin Electric, Frontier Communications – Central Region, Genteq, Indiana Michigan Power, K&K Insurance, MedPro Group, North American Van Lines, Rea Magnet Wire, Steel Dynamics, Sweetwater Sound, and Vera Bradley. Steel Dynamics is the only Fortune 500 company headquartered in the city. Founded in 1905, Lincoln Financial Group maintains a large presence in the city.
Fort Wayne has a population of over 270,989 people. Fort Wayne also forms the centre of the wider Fort Wayne metropolitan area which has a population of over 419,453 people. Fort Wayne is the #163 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 3.7852 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores. Fort Wayne is ranked #717 for startups with a score of 0.202.