Best Small Towns In Indiana For 2020


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Indiana are the best of the best.

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Indiana.

You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Indiana, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Hoosier State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Indiana based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Indiana ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Indiana for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Indiana? Melody Hill is the best small town in Indiana based on the most recent Census data. If you live in one of these small towns like Melody Hill, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

For more reading on the Hoosier State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Indiana For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,809
Median Income: $85,824 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $154,700 (34th Best)
More on Melody Hill: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,665
Median Income: $80,000 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $172,600 (18th Best)
More on Battle Ground: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,596
Median Income: $68,026 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $165,900 (21st Best)
More on Haubstadt: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,463
Median Income: $89,766 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $328,100 (5th Best)
More on Aberdeen: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,834
Median Income: $180,000 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $471,000 (1st Best)
More on Meridian Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,742
Median Income: $119,940 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $365,600 (3rd Best)
More on Shorewood Forest: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,846
Median Income: $74,012 (19th Best)
Median Home Value: $163,100 (27th Best)
More on Highland: Data | Homes For Sale

Leo-Cedarville, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,767
Median Income: $77,318 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $194,900 (11th Best)
More on Leo-Cedarville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Winona Lake, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,921
Median Income: $63,157 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $171,700 (19th Best)
More on Winona Lake: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,842
Median Income: $64,583 (37th Best)
Median Home Value: $120,200 (65th Best)
More on Roanoke: Data | Homes For Sale

New Palestine, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,235
Median Income: $76,625 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $203,400 (10th Best)
More on New Palestine: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,108
Median Income: $103,269 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $424,700 (2nd Best)
More on Long Beach: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,000
Median Income: $56,071 (59th Best)
Median Home Value: $136,400 (44th Best)
More on Ferdinand: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,272
Median Income: $88,355 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $222,100 (8th Best)
More on Darmstadt: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,019
Median Income: $54,625 (66th Best)
Median Home Value: $129,600 (53rd Best)
More on Trail Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Indiana

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2014-2018 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 214 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 214, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Indiana. Top of that list — Melody Hill. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Indiana.

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 15 small towns in Indiana are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Indiana:

  1. Union City
  2. Bicknell
  3. Kingsford Heights

For more indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Indiana

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Melody Hill, IN 3,809 $85,824.0 $154,700.0
2 Battle Ground, IN 1,665 $80,000.0 $172,600.0
3 Haubstadt, IN 1,596 $68,026.0 $165,900.0
4 Aberdeen, IN 1,463 $89,766.0 $328,100.0
5 Meridian Hills, IN 1,834 $180,000.0 $471,000.0
6 Shorewood Forest, IN 2,742 $119,940.0 $365,600.0
7 Highland, IN 4,846 $74,012.0 $163,100.0
8 Leo-Cedarville, IN 3,767 $77,318.0 $194,900.0
9 Winona Lake, IN 4,921 $63,157.0 $171,700.0
10 Roanoke, IN 1,842 $64,583.0 $120,200.0
11 New Palestine, IN 2,235 $76,625.0 $203,400.0
12 Long Beach, IN 1,108 $103,269.0 $424,700.0
13 Ferdinand, IN 2,000 $56,071.0 $136,400.0
14 Darmstadt, IN 1,272 $88,355.0 $222,100.0
15 Trail Creek, IN 2,019 $54,625.0 $129,600.0
16 Ogden Dunes, IN 1,123 $110,357.0 $356,900.0
17 Santa Claus, IN 2,601 $78,125.0 $163,500.0
18 Middlebury, IN 3,572 $68,152.0 $165,200.0
19 Edgewood, IN 2,156 $66,875.0 $103,700.0
20 Georg, IN 3,231 $87,014.0 $189,500.0
21 Porter, IN 4,833 $99,485.0 $186,500.0
22 Avilla, IN 2,204 $52,143.0 $113,800.0
23 Ossian, IN 3,361 $57,833.0 $121,100.0
24 Pittsboro, IN 3,298 $72,961.0 $164,000.0
25 Newburgh, IN 3,253 $67,286.0 $159,200.0
26 Upland, IN 3,537 $62,098.0 $132,500.0
27 Fort Branch, IN 2,998 $52,661.0 $112,700.0
28 Cicero, IN 4,861 $68,450.0 $144,500.0
29 Lake Holiday, IN 1,102 $75,893.0 $174,200.0
30 Tri-Lakes, IN 1,643 $76,442.0 $248,000.0
31 Shadeland, IN 1,943 $73,208.0 $173,000.0
32 Osceola, IN 2,558 $56,198.0 $108,400.0
33 Berne, IN 3,962 $46,042.0 $102,100.0
34 Galena, IN 1,566 $64,844.0 $169,300.0
35 Rossville, IN 1,700 $49,107.0 $116,000.0
36 Southport, IN 1,848 $54,698.0 $128,400.0
37 Brookston, IN 1,456 $49,054.0 $93,300.0
38 Kouts, IN 1,972 $65,000.0 $141,800.0
39 Hebron, IN 3,690 $60,855.0 $145,900.0
40 Fortville, IN 4,460 $62,156.0 $129,800.0
41 Grabill, IN 1,325 $55,536.0 $105,300.0
42 Covington, IN 2,424 $47,043.0 $95,100.0
43 Whiteland, IN 4,394 $64,713.0 $127,000.0
44 New Carlisle, IN 1,911 $60,511.0 $143,400.0
45 Clermont, IN 1,401 $70,682.0 $118,900.0
46 Heritage Lake, IN 3,152 $67,500.0 $158,300.0
47 Burns Harbor, IN 1,605 $72,697.0 $165,100.0
48 Smithville-Sanders, IN 3,285 $82,091.0 $161,800.0
49 Gree, IN 2,564 $51,375.0 $100,800.0
50 Greendale, IN 4,165 $61,521.0 $131,700.0
51 Rome City, IN 1,197 $56,071.0 $204,100.0
52 Brooklyn, IN 1,403 $59,167.0 $136,300.0
53 North Webster, IN 1,212 $50,850.0 $109,100.0
54 Wolcott, IN 1,095 $56,250.0 $87,400.0
55 Lake Dalecarlia, IN 1,690 $96,071.0 $173,000.0
56 Monrovia, IN 1,500 $73,029.0 $140,700.0
57 Galveston, IN 1,163 $45,536.0 $88,900.0
58 Sweetser, IN 1,452 $55,850.0 $102,400.0
59 Hope, IN 2,441 $49,922.0 $80,500.0
60 Mulberry, IN 1,290 $53,958.0 $97,900.0
61 Lapel, IN 2,327 $52,841.0 $110,800.0
62 Wakarusa, IN 1,983 $61,458.0 $140,000.0
63 North Liberty, IN 1,842 $46,838.0 $102,000.0
64 Henryville, IN 2,106 $61,786.0 $155,100.0
65 Wayn, IN 1,042 $54,125.0 $87,000.0
66 Pendleton, IN 4,213 $68,778.0 $147,300.0
67 Bremen, IN 4,519 $55,500.0 $139,600.0
68 Walton, IN 1,296 $49,034.0 $79,600.0
69 Churubusco, IN 1,800 $45,179.0 $98,900.0
70 Farmersburg, IN 1,284 $48,583.0 $76,300.0
71 Liberty, IN 1,881 $45,040.0 $86,500.0
72 Corydon, IN 3,125 $47,188.0 $121,900.0
73 Salt Creek Commons, IN 2,125 $62,714.0 $130,300.0
74 Williamsport, IN 1,814 $47,434.0 $91,400.0
75 Markle, IN 1,399 $49,400.0 $88,000.0
76 Wanatah, IN 1,226 $61,000.0 $133,400.0
77 Frankton, IN 1,980 $49,352.0 $85,100.0
78 Poseyville, IN 1,070 $44,519.0 $110,000.0
79 Rising Sun, IN 2,091 $42,560.0 $99,300.0
80 New Paris, IN 1,409 $40,694.0 $106,700.0
81 Cordry Sweetwater Lakes, IN 1,224 $81,689.0 $255,300.0
82 Owensville, IN 1,356 $44,095.0 $84,300.0
83 Ingalls, IN 2,282 $52,917.0 $99,900.0
84 Culver, IN 1,211 $39,010.0 $159,100.0
85 Woodburn, IN 1,644 $66,359.0 $85,400.0
86 Dayton, IN 1,569 $53,354.0 $120,100.0
87 Bristol, IN 1,577 $52,321.0 $137,600.0
88 Russiaville, IN 1,032 $60,089.0 $104,200.0
89 Mentone, IN 1,193 $52,917.0 $80,000.0
90 Harlan, IN 1,540 $57,757.0 $111,500.0
91 Remington, IN 1,350 $46,250.0 $92,000.0
92 Princes Lakes, IN 1,659 $64,531.0 $133,100.0
93 Nashville, IN 1,349 $43,542.0 $163,800.0
94 Hager, IN 1,826 $50,774.0 $93,700.0
95 Bourbon, IN 1,843 $49,038.0 $98,300.0
96 Whiting, IN 4,845 $48,488.0 $126,600.0
97 Syracuse, IN 2,883 $47,260.0 $126,700.0
98 Trafalgar, IN 1,286 $58,583.0 $121,800.0
99 Brookville, IN 2,546 $39,917.0 $109,000.0
100 Warren, IN 1,288 $47,188.0 $76,000.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.