These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Indiana For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Indiana have the most for people looking to make the move to Indiana.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Indiana a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Indiana.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Hoosier State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Indiana, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 48 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Hoosier State for 2018:

  1. Hamilton County (Photos)
  2. Boone County (Photos)
  3. Porter County (Photos)
  4. Whitley County (Photos)
  5. Dubois County (Photos)
  6. Hancock County (Photos)
  7. Hendricks County (Photos)
  8. Tipton County (Photos)
  9. Wells County
  10. Franklin County (Photos)

Hamilton County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Indiana. And you might want to avoid Marion County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Indiana, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Indiana and the best places to raise a family in Indiana.

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How do you determine which Indiana county is the best?

To give you the best county in Indiana, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Indiana across each of the criteria from one to 48, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Indiana’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Hoosier State.

Read on to see why Hamilton County is the best county, while Marion County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Indiana.

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1. Hamilton County

Carmel, IN

Biggest Place: Carmel
Population: 303,042
Median Income: $87,782 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $230,000 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (3rd best)
More on Hamilton County: PhotosData

2. Boone County

Lebanon, IN

Biggest Place: Zionsville
Population: 61,884
Median Income: $72,774 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $195,900 (17th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (2nd best)
More on Boone County: PhotosData

3. Porter County

Chesterton, IN

Biggest Place: Portage
Population: 167,016
Median Income: $64,874 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $168,300 (18th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (25th best)
More on Porter County: PhotosData

4. Whitley County

Columbia City, IN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Columbia City
Population: 33,354
Median Income: $54,837 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $129,800 (31st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (5th best)
More on Whitley County: PhotosData

5. Dubois County

Huntingburg, IN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Jasper
Population: 42,345
Median Income: $55,154 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $140,700 (26th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (1st best)
More on Dubois County: PhotosData

6. Hancock County

Cumberland, IN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Greenfield
Population: 71,955
Median Income: $68,449 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $160,900 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (6th best)
More on Hancock County: PhotosData

7. Hendricks County

Avon, IN

Biggest Place: Plainfield
Population: 155,817
Median Income: $73,042 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $165,200 (19th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (7th best)
More on Hendricks County: PhotosData

8. Tipton County

Elwood, IN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Elwood
Population: 15,447
Median Income: $54,023 (13th best)
Median Home Price: $110,600 (47th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (10th best)
More on Tipton County: PhotosData

9. Wells County

Bluffton, IN

Biggest Place: Bluffton
Population: 27,836
Median Income: $51,568 (17th best)
Median Home Price: $118,800 (38th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (4th best)
More on Wells County: Data

10. Franklin County

Batesville, IN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Batesville
Population: 22,887
Median Income: $52,128 (15th best)
Median Home Price: $143,000 (25th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (18th best)
More on Franklin County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Indiana To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Indiana can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Indiana according to the data:

  1. Marion County
  2. Elkhart County
  3. St. Joseph County

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Indiana

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Hamilton County 1 303,042 $87,782 $230,000
Boone County 2 61,884 $72,774 $195,900
Porter County 3 167,016 $64,874 $168,300
Whitley County 4 33,354 $54,837 $129,800
Dubois County 5 42,345 $55,154 $140,700
Hancock County 6 71,955 $68,449 $160,900
Hendricks County 7 155,817 $73,042 $165,200
Tipton County 8 15,447 $54,023 $110,600
Wells County 9 27,836 $51,568 $118,800
Franklin County 10 22,887 $52,128 $143,000
Morgan County 11 69,504 $57,521 $144,400
Johnson County 12 147,567 $63,023 $146,600
Dearborn County 13 49,552 $60,834 $159,800
Clinton County 14 32,692 $50,096 $98,700
Dekalb County 15 42,489 $50,398 $113,800
Bartholomew County 16 80,203 $55,874 $137,500
Vermillion County 17 15,752 $44,409 $76,200
Knox County 18 37,956 $44,624 $85,100
Scott County 19 23,734 $46,368 $98,400
Montgomery County 20 38,108 $50,253 $111,600
Lawrence County 21 45,696 $46,044 $103,400
Howard County 22 82,728 $45,928 $97,900
Kosciusko County 23 78,461 $54,482 $136,700
Monroe County 24 143,292 $43,389 $161,300
Greene County 25 32,633 $45,153 $91,400
Marshall County 26 46,833 $49,725 $124,600
Miami County 27 36,093 $45,646 $85,600
Jackson County 28 43,637 $48,546 $115,100
Clark County 29 113,993 $51,844 $129,500
Jennings County 30 28,023 $47,236 $97,600
Tippecanoe County 31 183,397 $47,406 $139,500
Adams County 32 34,813 $47,572 $114,600
Allen County 33 365,565 $49,574 $116,400
Jay County 34 21,196 $42,322 $81,100
Randolph County 35 25,403 $42,418 $79,000
Cass County 36 38,324 $43,918 $82,500
Shelby County 37 44,404 $52,651 $124,800
Noble County 38 47,587 $49,657 $111,200
Delaware County 39 116,463 $39,537 $87,800
Madison County 40 129,862 $44,795 $90,800
Laporte County 41 110,993 $48,165 $123,700
Vanderburgh County 42 181,692 $43,311 $118,100
Vigo County 43 108,099 $41,221 $91,900
Grant County 44 68,269 $40,272 $84,600
Lake County 45 489,698 $50,905 $137,800
St. Joseph County 46 267,696 $46,174 $116,800
Elkhart County 47 201,640 $49,692 $125,300
Marion County 48 932,142 $43,369 $120,500

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