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


We used science and data to determine which places in the Hoosier State are the cream of the crop.

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Where are the best places in the state of Indiana?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Hoosier State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Indiana.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 112 places in Indiana, we came up with this list of the best places:

  1. Zionsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Carmel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. St. John (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Dyer (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Noblesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Westfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Munster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Whitestown (Homes For Sale)
  9. Brownsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Jasper (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Well, it looks like you should check out Zionsville if you’re thinking of moving to Indiana — it’s the best the Hoosier State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Indiana.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Indiana reading, check out:

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 846,674 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 112 cities, 213 towns, and 301 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Place 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 112, 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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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 Zionsville at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Zionsville, IN

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Population: 25,709
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $343,400 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.6% (2nd best)
More on Zionsville: Real Estate| Data| Photos

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 $343,400. 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 1st highest income in the state, and the 1st lowest crime numbers in Indiana.

Carmel, IN

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Population: 86,940
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $306,500 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.4% (12th best)
More on Carmel: Real Estate| Data| Photos

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 $106,546 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 $306,500.

Carmel has a 3.4% unemployment rate.

St. John, IN

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Population: 15,777
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $257,000 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (10th best)
More on St. John: Real Estate| Data| Photos

St. John has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\St. John had the 3rd highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $98,545.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

Dyer, IN

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Population: 16,133
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $191,400 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (60th best)
More on Dyer: Real Estate| Data| Photos

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 ($191,400), and residents earn nearly $78,043 a year, which is 8th highest in the state. Crime is far below average. Dyer is the 10th safest place in the state.

Noblesville, IN

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7
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Population: 58,719
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $177,500 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (10th best)
More on Noblesville: Real Estate| Data| Photos

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.

Westfield, IN

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Population: 34,284
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $226,000 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (9th best)
More on Westfield: Real Estate| Data| Photos

You might not believe it, but Westfield has the 5th most expensive homes in Indiana. The average home is valued at $226,000. 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.

Munster, IN
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Population: 23,103
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $212,900 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (66th best)
More on Munster: Real Estate| Data| Photos

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 $212,900 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 (7.4% is the 66th highest in the state.

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Population: 5,050
Rank Last Year:
Median Home Value: $177,400 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (6th best)
More on Whiting: Real Estate| Data

Let’s take a look at why Whitestown is a great place to call home for 2018.

There’s low crime in Whitestown, and the residents here are gainfully employed (2.9% unemployment rate).

You can make Whitestownyour home for only $177,400 which won’t be too hard on a $75,183 household salary.

Brownsburg, IN

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9
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Population: 24,072
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $153,000 (21st best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (16th best)
More on Brownsburg: Real Estate| Data| Photos

You might be surprised to see the Town of Brownsburg so high on the list. Unless you live in Brownsburg.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at3.7%, Brownsburg residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Indiana. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Brownsburg is doing quite well.

Plus, Brownsburg is close enough to downtown Indy to enjoy lots of entertainment with a short drive.

Jasper, IN

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Population: 15,790
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $148,200 (27th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (18th best)
More on Jasper: Real Estate| Data| Photos

Jasper has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Jasper has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.9% and lowering. And the Jasper police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 16th lowest in the state here.

Jasper is way down on Route 231 by the Hoosier National Forest. Which means lots of outdoor entertainment, too.

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.

Zionsville made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.

Best Towns To Live In Indiana

  1. Highland (Pop. 4,256)
  2. Battle Ground (Pop. 1,568)
  3. Haubstadt (Pop. 1,615)
  4. Meridian Hills (Pop. 1,762)
  5. Aberdeen (Pop. 1,771)
  6. Melody Hill (Pop. 3,623)
  7. Leo-Cedarville (Pop. 3,721)
  8. Taylorsville (Pop. 1,058)
  9. Trail Creek (Pop. 2,037)
  10. Georgetown (Pop. 3,152)

Best Small Towns To Live In Indiana

  1. Ulen (Pop. 139)
  2. Buck Creek (Pop. 154)
  3. Pottawattamie Park (Pop. 253)
  4. Woodlawn Heights (Pop. 67)
  5. Williams Creek (Pop. 373)
  6. Homecroft (Pop. 695)
  7. Country Club Heights (Pop. 115)
  8. River Forest (Pop. 29)
  9. New Goshen (Pop. 434)
  10. Spring Hill (Pop. 77)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Indiana according to the data:

  1. Connersville (Pop. 13,202)
  2. East Chicago (Pop. 28,961)
  3. Gary (Pop. 77,858)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Indiana

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Zionsville 25,709 2.6% $343,400
2 Carmel 86,940 3.4% $306,500
3 St. John 15,777 3.2% $257,000
4 Dyer 16,133 7.2% $191,400
5 Noblesville 58,719 3.2% $177,500
6 Westfield 34,284 3.1% $226,000
7 Munster 23,103 7.4% $212,900
8 Whitestown 5,050 2.9% $177,400
9 Brownsburg 24,072 3.7% $153,000
10 Jasper 15,790 3.9% $148,200
11 Crown Point 28,743 6.5% $173,100
12 Auburn 12,758 3.9% $104,500
13 West Lafayette 44,543 5.2% $192,100
14 Chesterton 13,912 7.8% $171,500
15 Valparaiso 32,271 6.4% $170,500
16 Bargersville 6,824 2.6% $159,000
17 Winona Lake 5,129 3.8% $148,800
18 Batesville 6,417 3.7% $170,200
19 Sellersburg 8,722 5.9% $152,900
20 Columbus 46,474 4.8% $146,000
21 New Whiteland 5,814 7.0% $95,900
22 Lowell 9,423 7.3% $150,600
23 Plainfield 30,318 6.6% $147,200
24 Cumberland 5,422 6.5% $152,100
25 Griffith 16,583 8.4% $133,700
26 Tipton 5,217 2.8% $83,500
27 Schererville 28,899 5.1% $208,000
28 Winfield 5,233 4.4% $267,700
29 Danville 9,482 6.4% $149,100
30 Greenfield 21,380 6.5% $125,600
31 Mccordsville 5,924 4.8% $196,500
32 Lebanon 15,846 2.9% $113,400
33 Mount Vernon 6,579 6.1% $92,200
34 Decatur 9,384 7.2% $91,200
35 Avon 15,712 4.8% $182,800
36 Greenwood 54,564 6.5% $138,900
37 Ellettsville 6,501 5.8% $120,900
38 Nappanee 6,767 4.8% $119,500
39 Jeffersonville 46,415 6.8% $126,500
40 Portage 37,054 7.5% $136,000
41 Cedar Lake 11,872 10.2% $162,300
42 New Haven 15,677 6.9% $96,000
43 Scottsburg 6,671 4.7% $98,900
44 Mooresville 9,553 7.0% $124,300
45 Greencastle 10,413 5.7% $99,200
46 Bloomington 83,093 8.0% $172,100
47 Franklin 24,021 4.9% $114,500
48 Greensburg 12,107 5.2% $113,000
49 Warsaw 14,640 5.9% $118,500
50 Huntingburg 6,414 2.5% $98,900
51 Rensselaer 5,359 4.6% $115,600
52 Fort Wayne 260,954 7.9% $103,100
53 Garrett 6,620 7.5% $84,100
54 North Manchester 6,346 8.6% $91,700
55 Monticello 5,312 6.2% $90,600
56 Seymour 18,996 4.5% $108,400
57 Bluffton 9,702 4.3% $92,100
58 Hobart 28,693 8.1% $136,200
59 Merrillville 35,268 7.7% $127,400
60 Vincennes 18,098 6.2% $74,500
61 Beech Grove 14,319 9.1% $94,300
62 Bedford 13,341 5.1% $87,800
63 Madison 12,045 7.6% $119,600
64 Boonville 6,186 2.9% $86,400
65 Frankfort 16,447 7.2% $79,900
66 Speedway 12,145 8.0% $116,200
67 Lafayette 71,249 8.0% $103,900
68 Clarksville 21,812 5.3% $112,000
69 Angola 8,624 7.4% $118,900
70 Princeton 8,617 6.9% $79,800
71 Huntington 17,340 6.7% $77,300
72 Kokomo 58,075 8.5% $83,000
73 Mishawaka 48,234 7.0% $92,000
74 Alexandria 5,060 8.2% $72,200
75 Goshen 33,385 7.5% $111,500
76 Westville 6,862 6.5% $90,200
77 New Albany 36,622 8.0% $110,500
78 Charlestown 7,990 4.9% $100,500
79 Wabash 10,414 7.2% $76,300
80 Evansville 120,156 7.0% $89,600
81 Crawfordsville 15,996 7.3% $87,600
82 Portland 6,225 11.0% $69,300
83 Martinsville 11,714 8.5% $93,900
84 La Porte 21,876 8.6% $93,000
85 Lawrence 47,415 8.9% $129,700
86 Rochester 6,110 3.0% $87,200
87 North Vernon 7,134 3.4% $85,100
88 Peru 11,415 12.5% $61,300
89 Indianapolis 846,674 9.1% $120,400
90 Washington 11,941 10.2% $84,900
91 Logansport 17,924 9.3% $66,000
92 Rushville 6,267 3.6% $81,800
93 Muncie 69,583 11.4% $70,000
94 Kendallville 9,980 9.5% $90,800
95 Plymouth 10,012 12.8% $89,700
96 Elwood 8,489 10.1% $68,800
97 Shelbyville 19,083 8.8% $96,900
98 Linton 5,305 8.3% $63,800
99 Brazil 8,105 10.2% $70,500
100 Terre Haute 61,021 10.2% $76,000

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6 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Indiana For 2018

  1. Just an FYI, Munster has a ton of stay at home moms. That may skew the data points. It has top rated schools. Very close drive to Chicago, I’ve never been to gary. Huge hospital which is nationally ranked. Most residents are hospital workers or make the commute to Chicago.

  2. As someone who recently evaluated both Fishers and Carmel in a recent home search, I believe you have some incorrect data when stating that the average home value in Carmel is valued far less than that of Fishers. While both are great areas to live, Fishers is MUCH CHEAPER than Carmel for any comparable homes.

  3. Having lived in NWI all my life, I disagree with Valparaiso ranking lower than Lowell. Valparaiso has a private college, an airport, a new hospital, a high ranking school system, and a downtown with an amphitheater, farmers market and ice skating rink. Also, it’s a short drive to the Indiana Lakeshore and not far from Chicago. So many people from Chicago choose to live here because it’s a great place to raise a family, bring educated people with money to the town. I’m not sure what Lowell has over that.

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