Beginning with the first settlers in 1853, Rensselaer, Indiana has been a friendly and welcoming community since its founding. Located approximately halfway between the Chicago and Indianapolis metropolitan areas, Rensselaer serves as the county seat of Jasper County and is proud of its beautiful court house square and quaint downtown area. In the heart of the largest agricultural county in Indiana, Rensselaer is the regional market center for retail, commercial and institutional services.
Selected as one of Indiana’s top small cities, Rensselaer offers a broad array of quality housing stock ranging from historic neighborhoods to modest subdivisions to estate living. The community boasts over eighty acres of immaculately groomed parks, eight major churches, and outstanding public and private schools. Other major amenities are the Franciscan Health Rensselaer hospital and related medical service providers, as well as Saint Joseph’s College.
Rensselaer is also an industrial center with numerous large and medium sized companies taking advantage of the community’s favorable business climate. Businesses and residents alike benefit from some of the lowest utility costs in Indiana due to the fact that the City of Rensselaer is one of only three municipalities in the state to own and operate its electrical, natural gas, water, and wastewater systems.
Investing in the Future
The City of Rensselaer has made substantial capital investments in recent years including upgrading both its water and wastewater treatment systems as well as extending water and wastewater services to the I-65/State Road 114 Interchange area. They are also investing in electric utility improvements and transportation infrastructure including arterial and collector streets. In addition, Rensselaer Central School Corporation recently built the Rensselaer Central Primary School and last year the Rensselaer Fire Department opened their new headquarters, fire station and museum.