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:
- Hamilton County (Photos)
- Boone County (Photos)
- Porter County (Photos)
- Whitley County (Photos)
- Dubois County (Photos)
- Hancock County (Photos)
- Hendricks County (Photos)
- Tipton County (Photos)
- Wells County
- 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.
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.
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.
2. Boone County
9. Wells County
10. Franklin County
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:
- Marion County
- Elkhart County
- St. Joseph County
For more Indiana reading, check out:
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Indiana
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana
- 10 Safest Places In Indiana
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Indiana
Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Indiana
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