These Are The 10 Best Indianapolis Suburbs


We analyzed over 20 places around Indianapolis to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Indianapolis are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado, here are the 10 best suburbs around Indianapolis:

  1. Zionsville
  2. Fishers (Photos)
  3. Carmel (Photos)
  4. Bargersville (Photos)
  5. Brownsburg (Photos)
  6. Noblesville (Photos)
  7. Avon (Photos)
  8. Greenwood (Photos)
  9. Danville (Photos)
  10. New Whiteland

If you happen to be a resident of Zionsville, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Indianapolis ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Indianapolis

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Indianapolis was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Indianapolis, In Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 20 suburbs to evaluate around Indianapolis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 20 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the “Best Suburb near Indianapolis.” We’re lookin’ at you, Zionsville.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

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1. Zionsville


Population 2014: 24,559
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $339,200
Median Income: $103,951

2. Fishers

Fishers, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,060
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $210,800
Median Income: $91,646

3. Carmel

Carmel, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,474
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $297,600
Median Income: $107,916

4. Bargersville

Bargersville, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,324
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Median Home Price: $156,800
Median Income: $68,510

5. Brownsburg

Brownsburg, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 22,618
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $145,700
Median Income: $65,492

6. Noblesville

Noblesville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,576
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $170,400
Median Income: $67,939

7. Avon

Avon, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,570
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Median Home Price: $171,600
Median Income: $89,034

8. Greenwood

Greenwood, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,799
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Median Home Price: $131,700
Median Income: $52,621

9. Danville

Danville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,258
Unemployment Rate: 7.2%
Median Home Price: $152,700
Median Income: $54,677

10. New Whiteland


Population 2014: 5,646
Unemployment Rate: 9.4%
Median Home Price: $95,300
Median Income: $50,757

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Indianapolis, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Indianapolis

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Zionsville 1 24,559 3.4% $339,200 $103,951
Fishers 2 81,060 5.0% $210,800 $91,646
Carmel 3 83,474 5.0% $297,600 $107,916
Bargersville 4 6,324 3.2% $156,800 $68,510
Brownsburg 5 22,618 5.6% $145,700 $65,492
Noblesville 6 56,576 4.7% $170,400 $67,939
Avon 7 14,570 3.6% $171,600 $89,034
Greenwood 8 52,799 8.1% $131,700 $52,621
Danville 9 9,258 7.2% $152,700 $54,677
New Whiteland 10 5,646 9.4% $95,300 $50,757
Mccordsville 11 5,037 8.5% $174,600 $82,835
Plainfield 12 29,220 8.1% $145,400 $58,625
Franklin 13 24,193 7.3% $114,300 $51,397
Cumberland 14 5,243 9.9% $145,200 $46,882
Greenfield 15 21,012 7.7% $120,100 $53,819
Lawrence 16 46,796 11.2% $123,700 $49,849
Mooresville 17 9,459 7.8% $126,200 $52,768
Beech Grove 18 14,301 10.5% $93,600 $37,624
Speedway 19 12,012 10.7% $117,000 $39,805
Indianapolis 20 835,097 11.2% $117,200 $42,076

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