10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Indiana have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Indiana? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Hoosier State:

  1. Zionsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Crawfordsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Plymouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Auburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Carmel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Westfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Greenfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Frankfort (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Crown Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Indiana, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Indiana and the best places for families in the country:

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Indiana anyways?

To give you the places in Indiana which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Hoosier State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Indiana, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Indiana, that meant a total of 55 cities.

Read on to see why Zionsville is where all the families are headed, while Clarksville is probably a place made for singles.

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Zionsville, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 25,709
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 43.9%
More on Zionsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Zionsville is a suburban town located in the extreme southeast area of Boone County, Indiana, United States, northwest of Indianapolis. The population was 14,160 at the 2010 census, and grew to 26,784 in the Census 2016 estimates.

Crawfordsville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,996
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 32.3%
More on Crawfordsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crawfordsville is a city in Union Township, Montgomery County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 15,915. The city is the county seat of Montgomery County. It is home to Wabash College, which was ranked by Forbes as #12 in the United States for undergraduate studies in 2008.

Plymouth, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,012
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Fort Wayne
Households with kids: 36.5%
More on Plymouth: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Plymouth is a city in Marshall County, Indiana, United States. The population was 10,033 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Marshall County. Plymouth was the site of the first retail outlet of defunct U.S. retailer Montgomery Ward in 1926.

Auburn, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,758
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 71
Closest Major City: Fort Wayne
Households with kids: 26.1%
More on Auburn: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Auburn is a city in DeKalb County, Indiana, United States. The population was 13,086 at the 2010 census. Founded in 1836 by Wesley Park, the city is the county seat of DeKalb County. Auburn is also known as Home of the Classics.

Carmel, IN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 86,940
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 39.1%
More on Carmel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Carmel is a suburban city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States, located immediately north of Indianapolis. It has been one of the fastest-growing communities in the country. In 2012, Carmel was selected as the “Best Place to Live in the United States” by CNN Money magazine, and received the same designation by Niche.com in 2017. The population was 79,191 as of the 2010 and was estimated to be 91,065 in 2016 by the US Census Bureau, making it the fifth-largest city in Indiana.

Westfield, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 34,284
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 52.7%
More on Westfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Westfield is a city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 30,068, and in 2016 the estimated population was 37,221. Westfield is in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area.

Greenfield, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,380
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 33.0%
More on Greenfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greenfield is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Indiana, United States, and a part of the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The population was 20,602 at the 2010 census, and an estimated 21,709 in 2016. It lies in Center Township.

Franklin, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,021
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 33.3%
More on Franklin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Franklin is a city in Johnson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 23,712 at the 2010 census. Located about 20 miles south of Indianapolis, the city is the county seat of Johnson County. The site of Franklin College, the city attracts numerous regional sports fans for the college teams, as well as audiences for its art events.

Frankfort, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,447
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 33.7%
More on Frankfort: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Frankfort is a city in Clinton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 16,422 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Clinton County.

Crown Point, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 28,743
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 28.6%
More on Crown Point: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crown Point is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 27,317 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated in 1868. On October 31, 1834, Solon Robinson and his family became the first settlers to an area that later became Crown Point. Because of its location, Crown Point is known as the “Hub of Lake County”.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Grow Up In Indiana

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Indiana ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Indiana according to the data:

  1. Clarksville
  2. Hobart
  3. Mishawaka

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Indiana

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Zionsville 25,709 37
2 Crawfordsville 15,996 65
3 Plymouth 10,012 49
4 Auburn 12,758 51
5 Carmel 86,940 44
6 Westfield 34,284 56
7 Greenfield 21,380 48
8 Franklin 24,021 40
9 Frankfort 16,447 39
10 Crown Point 28,743 39
11 Logansport 17,924 51
12 Brownsburg 24,072 45
13 Beech Grove 14,319 51
14 Jasper 15,790 67
15 St. John 15,777 38
16 Fort Wayne 260,954 100
17 Peru 11,415 52
18 Goshen 33,385 49
19 Vincennes 18,098 43
20 Columbus 46,474 51
21 Jeffersonville 46,415 65
22 Seymour 18,996 60
23 Plainfield 30,318 43
24 East Chicago 28,961 61
25 Elkhart 52,378 67
26 Warsaw 14,640 55
27 Hammond 78,349 41
28 Cedar Lake 11,872 42
29 West Lafayette 44,543 63
30 Bedford 13,341 40
31 Merrillville 35,268 58
32 Avon 15,712 36
33 Munster 23,103 55
34 Shelbyville 19,083 46
35 La Porte 21,876 49
36 Muncie 69,583 74
37 Dyer 16,133 46
38 Marion 28,698 60
39 New Haven 15,677 42
40 Greenwood 54,564 43
41 Bloomington 83,093 75
42 Anderson 55,342 43
43 Kokomo 58,075 59
44 Terre Haute 61,021 62
45 Gary 77,858 62
46 Speedway 12,145 35
47 Griffith 16,583 60
48 South Bend 101,037 59
49 Lake Station 12,199 57
50 Lafayette 71,249 60
51 Evansville 120,156 91
52 Indianapolis 846,674 100
53 Mishawaka 48,234 57
54 Hobart 28,693 34
55 Clarksville 21,812 50

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One thought on “10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2018

  1. I’m surprised that Newburgh wasn’t on the list. It us a very nice riverside town with several houses over a million dollars. Great schools and a golf course that has been as high as 37 on the best golf courses in America. Jobs are plentiful and crime is low. It is a suburb of Evansville.

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