Located along the Iroquois River, Rensselaer offers home shoppers an alluring community, which also happens to be conveniently located halfway between Chicago and Indianapolis. For those who prefer to live away from the bustle of larger communities but still want in-town access to modern amenities and backed by a strong culture and traditions, this mid-sized community has it all.
Here, you'll find beautiful historic architecture and excellent parks, built around a pedestrian-friendly downtown area and central square. A well-regarded liberal arts college, Saint Joseph's, also helps strengthen Rensselaer's already-strong cultural fabric with academic credentials. Clearly bolstered by the good fortune of their bountiful surroundings, it doesn't take long to realize this town's people provide a quintessential example of Hoosier Hospitality.
If you're looking for a safe, comfortable community to lay down roots, you can't go far wrong looking at in Rensselaer. At Tucker, we've long been aware of the excellence this town has to offer and are perfectly positioned to introduce it to you. We can offer both community insights and connections to help make exploring and ultimately relocating to this idyllic heartland town both fruitful and fun.
Rensselaer offers a range of exciting neighborhoods to consider, whether you're looking at property near the college, it's charming town center, or something further out where cultivated farmlands stretch as far as the eye can see. Likewise, whether you're looking for something more classic with a cozy, lived-in feel or something with a bit more modern style, there's an excellent chance we can find it in Rensselaer.
You'll also find homes conveniently located with access to State Road 114 and US-231, which intersect near the center of Rensselaer. To the west of town, I-65 presents homeowners with a convenient transportation hub toward Chicago to the north and Indianapolis to the south.
While only a mid-sized town with a population of around six thousand, as a county seat and college town, Rensselaer offers commercial amenities that far exceed its size. You'll find a host of shopping options in town including supermarkets, national retail outlets, and department stores located in plazas and malls, primarily along its two major in-town routes, State Road 114 and US-231.
Downtown Rensselaer also offers a scenic, pedestrian-friendly shopping experience with many smaller, locally owned specialty stores, boutiques, and other offerings. This area is also a great place to catch a bite to eat or take advantage of its cafes, family restaurants, pubs, pizzerias, and ethnic options.
For more urban shopping, a trip to Lafayette is always convenient for an extended outing, just 40 miles down I-65. Lafayette offers a thriving commercial scene, backed by three vibrant downtown districts and a college population numbering in the tens of thousands.
Rensselaer is awash in historic architecture, particularly around its town center and Saint Joseph College. Both of these areas make excellent areas for a leisurely walk as well. The Jasper County Historical Society is a terrific place to visit to learn more about some of the sites, and the Prairie Arts Council is a gallery featuring the works of local artists.
Rensselaer also offers beautiful parks and athletic facilities and is home to the Curtis Creek Country Club where golfers can play 18 holes on ryegrass fairways and perfectly kept greens. The Jasper County Fairgrounds in Rensselaer host several of the town's annual festivals including fairs, rodeos, and various kinds of derbies. Such events allow the townsfolk the opportunity to show off their town and their hospitality.
A town bowling alley is also a favored gathering place, and Rensselaer offers venues for performance art, theater, and catching first-run movies. Saint Joseph's college also frequently plays host to cultural events that are open to the public.
While planned trips to Chicago or Indianapolis are certainly doable, Lafayette provides a far more convenient playground for more urban excitement. There, you’ll find a thriving arts scene that features galleries, museums, performance arts, and live music. Lafayette also offers a vibrant nightlife, bolstered by the 40,000 undergraduates studying at Purdue University.
Sprawling farmlands surrounding Rensselaer provide much of its job force with ready work, whether working the lands themselves or working in warehousing and distribution. Education is another prevalent employment sector with many educators working at Saint Joseph College. Jasper County Hospital provides many jobs in healthcare. Small business and retail opportunities also exist in downtown Rensselaer, and as the county seat and home to the Jasper County Courthouse, jobs in government are prevalent. Finally, the city is always looking to promote growth and self-improvement and is home to two modern industrial parks, Drexel and Lintner, which offer retail and service space.
Children living in Rensselaer attend school through the Rensselaer Central Schools Corporation, which provides an excellent learning experience right in the center of town. With both Chicago and Indianapolis just 90 minutes away, students are privy to many exciting outside educational opportunities. The school also provides students with iPads to use to expand their educational horizons by providing access to personalized and global learning experiences. Such initiatives help prepare them for success in a world where computer literacy is in increasing demand.
Primary school students attend Van Rensselaer Elementary School where they are instilled with a strong love for learning at an early age thanks to exciting opportunities in the arts as well as an introduction to technologies. RC Middle School provides education to 7th and 8th Graders, providing them a safe environment during these important transitional years and getting them ready for high school with increased educational choices and challenges.
RC High School guides students through the final years of their secondary education with expanded course offerings that include a range of advanced placement courses that can be taken for college credit as well as an evolving curriculum designed to position all of its students for success in their post-secondary lives.