I've been living in Bedford for 3 years and my family and I have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and the friendly people in this small town in Indiana. There are lots of shops to choose from however to find all the items that you need to live conveniently you will need to commute to Bloomington Indiana a larger more metropolitan city to get those items. However, you can find the basics of what you need and you also can live in an area where it's not much traffic and very convenient for you to get done the things that need to be done.
The best areas in Bedford or around Otis Park Golf Course where there are nice neighborhoods that are reasonably priced but areas where there are quality diverse neighbors that give a very small town experience within quiet streets. There is some crime in Bedford but nothing major as far as extremely violent crime. The school system in Bedford is very good and my kids have enjoyed the relationships they have built with their classmates that they see as we migrate through this small town on a regular basis. If you are looking to relocate to Indiana, I recommend Bedford as a city for those individuals that want the simplicity of life without a lot of hustle and bustle.