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Back Home Again in Indiana. Where the cities are some of the best in the country and the people are nice. And lucky for you, HomeSnacks is here to break down the top ten best cities in Indiana for Carmel.
Any good midwesterner knows that 'The Hoosier State' is not just any flyover state. There's a reason their state's motto is 'Crossroads of America' and that the state is constantly inviting people to 'wander' its backroads. Indiana has a lot to offer. You could get lost in its many idyllic towns, plush State Parks, and field after field of corn and soybeans.
Now, it wouldn't be right if we didn't mention Indiana's large cities like Indianapolis and Evansville. Not only are these cities the anchor to Indiana's rank as the 17th most populous state in the USA, they are the fastest growing in the state. And surprisingly folks, they did not make our top ten.
So, how did we determine the top ten best cities in Indiana for 2020?
Grab a fried tenderloin the size of your head, crank some John Mellencamp, and read on to see if your favorite Indiana city made the top ten.
Whether you're a Purdue Boilermaker fan or a Indiana University Hoosier fan, or just a fan of great cities, great weather, and great people, there's a city in Indiana for you.
And if you're into that midwest, middle of nowhere Indiana vibe, you're in luck. Most of Indiana's top ten best cities for 2020 are just that.
What's the best place to live in Indiana? Without further adieu, the best city in Indiana for 2020 is Carmel. We are not at all surprised. Carmel is beautiful, quaint, safe, and bursting at the seams with great people.
The competition was fierce to say the least. To see Indiana's other best of the best cities, take a look below.
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The 10 Best Places To Live In Indiana For 2020
The only real difference between Carmel and those above is that Carmel residents earn the most money out of anyone in the Hoosier State. Households pull in $116,867 a year in combined incomes.
That's lots of front row tickets to Colts games.
But Carmel homes are valued far less than those in Zionsville and Fishers. Average homes are worth $330,600.
Carmel has a 2.3% unemployment rate.
You might not believe it, but Westfield has the 5th most expensive homes in Indiana. The average home is valued at $242,500. Residents command high salaries, and almost all of them are employed. The crime is some of the lowest in the state here.
Westfield is another northern Indy suburb.
The Town of Zionsville consistently ranks as one of the best places to live not only in Indiana, but in the nation. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?
Let's see why Zionsville ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Zionsville are the most expensive in the state of Indiana, with the average home worth a whopping $369,600. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Zionsville if they can afford it.
Other numbers that stand out: Zionsville residents have the highest income in the state, and the lowest crime numbers in Indiana.
The Town of Munster might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science. The mid-sized city straddles the Illinois state line, and is a short drive from Gary. Obviously, none of the issues from Gary are impacting Munster.
The crime rate in Munster isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $222,700 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Indiana.
If Munster can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (4.6%) is the 38th highest in the state.
The Town of Dyer was recently called one of the best 100 places to live in the U.S. by CNN and Money Magazine 10 years ago, and it doesn't look like much has changed.
Just south of Munster, Dyer has some of the highest property values in the state ($208,400), and residents earn nearly $84,375 a year, which is 8th highest in the state. Crime is far below average. Dyer is the 8th safest place in the state.
Who doesn't want to live in St. John? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 3.7%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of St. John in the news in the coming months.
The Town of Whitestown might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Whitestown isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $217,300 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Indiana.
If Whitestown can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (2.9%) is the 13th highest in the state.
Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Crown Point. Statistically the 15th safest place in the state, there were only 6 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It's really beautiful in Crown Point, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $77,537 a year, and homes are valued at more than $185,200.
What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?
No surprises here. Another north Indianapolis suburb, Noblesville has a lot going on. The city ranks in the top 10 when it comes to income levels, home prices and unemployment rates.
Plus, there's a ton of stuff to do to keep you entertained and cultured if you live here. Meaning people in Noblesville don't have to go all the way into downtown to have a great time with the family.
New Whiteland takes 10th place on our list of best places in Indiana for 2020 thanks to a strong showing in unemployment rate (12th overall) and things to do.
New Whiteland is no stranger to top ten lists, being named one of the best places to live in the country by multiple outlets over the past ten years. And that tends to happen when home prices hit $95,500 at the median.
Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Indiana
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Indianapolis with a population of 857,637 against places with a population of 18?
We firmly decided no, that just isn't fair.
So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:
- Cities -- Populations over 5,000
- Towns -- Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns -- Populations below 1,000
This left us with 111 cities, 213 towns, and 301 small towns.
We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Indiana have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be 'the best'.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Indiana
Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.
We ranked each place in Indiana across a number of criteria from one to 111, with one being the best.
We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title "Best Place To Live In Indiana".
The criteria we looked at were:
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Commute Time
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Indiana? That would be Carmel.
If your city or town isn't among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Indiana.
Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Carmel at the end of the cul-de-sac.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Indiana
If you're looking at areas in Indiana with the best economic situations, where there's lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
Carmel made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Indiana for 2020.
Best Towns To Live In Indiana
- Highland (Pop. 4,256)
- Battle Ground (Pop. 1,568)
- Haubstadt (Pop. 1,615)
- Meridian Hills (Pop. 1,762)
- Aberdeen (Pop. 1,771)
- Melody Hill (Pop. 3,623)
- Leo-Cedarville (Pop. 3,721)
- Taylorsville (Pop. 1,058)
- Trail Creek (Pop. 2,037)
- Georgetown (Pop. 3,152)
Best Small Towns To Live In Indiana
- Ulen (Pop. 139)
- Buck Creek (Pop. 154)
- Pottawattamie Park (Pop. 253)
- Woodlawn Heights (Pop. 67)
- Williams Creek (Pop. 373)
- Homecroft (Pop. 695)
- Country Club Heights (Pop. 115)
- River Forest (Pop. 29)
- New Goshen (Pop. 434)
- Spring Hill (Pop. 77)
If you're curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Indiana according to the data:
- Anderson (Pop. 54,788)
- East Chicago (Pop. 28,448)
- Gary (Pop. 76,677)
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