These Are The 10 Best Indianapolis Suburbs For 2019

We analyzed over 33 places around Indianapolis to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Indianapolis suburbs.

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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…

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.

Or feel free to check out some more reading about Indiana:

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Indianapolis for 2019

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
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Indianapolis.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 32 suburbs to evaluate around Indianapolis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 32 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.

Zionsville, IN

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Population: 25,810
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $127,152
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Zionsville is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Indianapolis area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Zionsville.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $127,152 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Indianapolis region. And only 3.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $360,100 each.

Carmel, IN

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Population: 88,595
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $109,201
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
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Carmel is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Indianapolis for 2019.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 3.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Westfield, IN

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Population: 35,956
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $89,144
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
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Here in Westfield, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Indianapolis metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Westfield.

New Palestine, IN

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Population: 2,142
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $74,750
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 7.8%
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New Palestine ranks as the 4th best suburb of Indianapolis for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in New Palestine and the schools are some of the best around.

Noblesville, IN

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Population: 59,807
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $74,681
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.5%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Noblesville.

Noblesville gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Indianapolis area, where houses sell for an average of $183,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Mccordsville, IN

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Population: 6,116
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $100,863
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
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McCordsville is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 4.4% which is 12th best in the area.

According to online reports, McCordsville is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Indianapolis area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Bargersville, IN

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Population: 6,919
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $81,673
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Bargersville.

Bargersville schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 16.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Pittsboro, IN

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Population: 3,224
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $72,955
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.2%
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Pittsboro is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 3.3% of people lack insurance, good for 3rd in the area.

Brownsburg, IN

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Population: 24,625
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $68,986
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Brownsburg?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Avon, IN

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Population: 16,479
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $85,433
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Avon.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Indianapolis ‘Burbs of 2019

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 Indianapolis Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Zionsville 25,810 $127,152
2 Carmel 88,595 $109,201
3 Westfield 35,956 $89,144
4 New Palestine 2,142 $74,750
5 Noblesville 59,807 $74,681
6 Mccordsville 6,116 $100,863
7 Bargersville 6,919 $81,673
8 Pittsboro 3,224 $72,955
9 Brownsburg 24,625 $68,986
10 Avon 16,479 $85,433
11 New Whiteland 5,881 $60,381
12 Whiteland 4,570 $70,455
13 Cumberland 5,566 $61,025
14 Cicero 4,880 $66,701
15 Fortville 4,323 $61,533
16 Plainfield 31,012 $62,121
17 Danville 9,598 $64,074
18 Greenwood 55,459 $55,274
19 Lapel 2,201 $54,896
20 Pendleton 4,269 $62,500
21 Greenfield 21,565 $52,130
22 Franklin 24,489 $56,367
23 Lebanon 15,710 $47,234
24 Ingalls 2,388 $45,577
25 Mooresville 9,571 $52,513
26 Speedway 12,229 $40,109
27 Lawrence 48,081 $50,107
28 Shelbyville 19,034 $48,071
29 Beech Grove 14,943 $37,819
30 Martinsville 11,647 $42,092
31 Sheridan 2,828 $46,602
32 Morgantown 2,608 $22,794

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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