10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2019


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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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Indiana.

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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.

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:

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 54 cities.

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

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2019

Chesterton, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,052
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 35.4%
More on Chesterton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships of Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 13,068 at the 2010 census. The three towns of Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and Porter are known as the tri-towns or the Duneland area.

Valparaiso, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 32,501
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 69
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 27.3%
More on Valparaiso: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Valparaiso is a city and the county seat of Porter County, Indiana, United States. The population was 31,730 at the 2010 census.

Crawfordsville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,075
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 28.4%
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.

Carmel, IN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 88,595
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 38.8%
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.

Franklin, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,489
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 29.6%
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.

Jeffersonville, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 46,840
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Louisville
Households with kids: 27.1%
More on Jeffersonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jeffersonville is a city in Clark County, Indiana, along the Ohio River. Locally, the city is often referred to by the abbreviated name Jeff. It is directly across the Ohio River to the north of Louisville, Kentucky, along I-65. The population was 44,953 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Clark County.

Noblesville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 59,807
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 39.7%
More on Noblesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Noblesville is a city in, and the county seat of, Hamilton County, Indiana, United States, located just north of Indianapolis. The population was 51,969 at the 2010 census making it the 14th largest city/town in the state, up from 19th in 2007. As of 2016 the estimated population was 60,183. The city is part of Delaware, Fall Creek, Noblesville, and Wayne townships.

Plymouth, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,011
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Fort Wayne
Households with kids: 33.2%
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.

Westfield, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 35,956
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 45.7%
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.

Crown Point, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 28,952
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 27.4%
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 Raise A Family 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. Indianapolis

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Indiana

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Chesterton, IN 14,052 54
2 Valparaiso, IN 32,501 46
3 Crawfordsville, IN 16,075 60
4 Carmel, IN 88,595 47
5 Franklin, IN 24,489 40
6 Jeffersonville, IN 46,840 68
7 Noblesville, IN 59,807 57
8 Plymouth, IN 10,011 61
9 Westfield, IN 35,956 35
10 Crown Point, IN 28,952 43
11 Brownsburg, IN 24,625 54
12 Frankfort, IN 16,226 39
13 Goshen, IN 33,583 60
14 Jasper, IN 15,716 66
15 Beech Grove, IN 14,943 56
16 Fort Wayne, IN 262,450 92
17 St. John, IN 16,391 43
18 Greenfield, IN 21,565 43
19 Columbus, IN 46,926 64
20 Logansport, IN 18,169 37
21 Seymour, IN 19,225 67
22 Plainfield, IN 31,012 58
23 Elkhart, IN 52,662 68
24 Vincennes, IN 17,944 40
25 East Chicago, IN 28,728 52
26 West Lafayette, IN 45,110 39
27 Cedar Lake, IN 12,024 44
28 La Porte, IN 21,825 65
29 Merrillville, IN 35,183 40
30 Shelbyville, IN 19,034 40
31 Marion, IN 28,490 51
32 Dyer, IN 16,077 32
33 Muncie, IN 69,237 51
34 New Haven, IN 15,895 47
35 Peru, IN 11,510 49
36 Warsaw, IN 14,797 35
37 Munster, IN 23,005 39
38 Mishawaka, IN 48,582 46
39 Lake Station, IN 12,157 57
40 Greenwood, IN 55,459 56
41 Hammond, IN 77,827 66
42 Gary, IN 77,416 66
43 Bedford, IN 13,292 34
44 Speedway, IN 12,229 42
45 Kokomo, IN 57,941 50
46 Bloomington, IN 83,636 62
47 Anderson, IN 54,986 63
48 Lafayette, IN 72,174 69
49 South Bend, IN 101,928 79
50 Griffith, IN 16,468 40
51 Evansville, IN 119,806 71
52 Indianapolis, IN 853,431 100
53 Hobart, IN 28,573 38
54 Clarksville, IN 21,228 43

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2 thoughts on “10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2019

  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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