You will love Fort Wayne! I lived on the SW side of town for 5 yrs, its a great spot. Close to the interstate, shopping, family friendly, lots of parks, tons of restaurants and very affordable as well.
I have moved now, but I still miss it. It has bigger city conveniences but still relatively small town atmosphere.
A good place to research the area is on City Data. You can find tons of information there as well as get feedback from folks who live there already. http://www.city-data.com/forum/indiana/
Welcome to Hoosierland!