These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Indiana


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

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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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Indiana (in which to live):

  1. Homecroft
  2. Pottawattamie Park
  3. Leesburg
  4. Michiana Shores
  5. Spring Lake
  6. Country Club Heights
  7. Wynnedale
  8. Beverly Shores
  9. Dune Acres
  10. Lake Holiday

If you live in one of these small towns like Homecroft, 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. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Indiana.

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How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Indiana

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 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)
  • High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
  • Crime Rates (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 271 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 271, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Indiana. Top of that list — Homecroft.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Indiana. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Indiana.

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1. Homecroft


Population 2014: 577
Median Income: $60,750
Median Home Price: $140,400
Crime Per 100k: 2,643

2. Pottawattamie Park


Population 2014: 233
Median Income: $75,625
Median Home Price: $177,300
Crime Per 100k: 1,797

3. Leesburg


Population 2014: 643
Median Income: $49,554
Median Home Price: $118,100
Crime Per 100k: 3,690

4. Michiana Shores


Population 2014: 397
Median Income: $50,750
Median Home Price: $307,100
Crime Per 100k: 1,328

5. Spring Lake


Population 2014: 315
Median Income: $69,643
Median Home Price: $123,100
Crime Per 100k: 2,890

6. Country Club Heights


Population 2014: 58
Median Income: $108,750
Median Home Price: $237,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,328

7. Wynnedale


Population 2014: 226
Median Income: $116,563
Median Home Price: $232,700
Crime Per 100k: 1,328

8. Beverly Shores


Population 2014: 517
Median Income: $68,750
Median Home Price: $429,200
Crime Per 100k: 1,328

9. Dune Acres


Population 2014: 282
Median Income: $161,875
Median Home Price: $677,600
Crime Per 100k: 1,328

10. Lake Holiday


Population 2014: 1,035
Median Income: $71,964
Median Home Price: $152,700
Crime Per 100k: 875

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 10 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. Saltillo
  2. Idaville
  3. Lagro

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Indiana

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Homecroft 1 577 $60,750 $140,400 2,643
Pottawattamie Park 2 233 $75,625 $177,300 1,797
Leesburg 3 643 $49,554 $118,100 3,690
Michiana Shores 4 397 $50,750 $307,100 1,328
Spring Lake 5 315 $69,643 $123,100 2,890
Country Club Heights 6 58 $108,750 $237,500 1,328
Wynnedale 7 226 $116,563 $232,700 1,328
Beverly Shores 8 517 $68,750 $429,200 1,328
Dune Acres 9 282 $161,875 $677,600 1,328
Lake Holiday 10 1,035 $71,964 $152,700 875
Montmorenci 11 207 $69,458 $164,400 2,166
Crows Nest 12 101 $240,000 $895,800 1,328
Lake Santee 13 782 $87,900 $168,200 2,176
Shamrock Lakes 14 322 $81,600 $153,400 2,595
Oldenburg 15 594 $41,964 $148,100 2,967
Wheeler 16 337 $58,229 $134,900 3,306
Clear Lake 17 407 $55,000 $493,300 1,328
Tecumseh 18 684 $69,460 $137,300 2,678
Elberfeld 19 625 $58,438 $96,600 3,577
Parkers Settlement 20 727 $57,750 $119,500 3,301
Cedar Grove 21 145 $46,875 $111,700 2,887
Chalmers 22 479 $55,682 $96,000 3,918
Somerset 23 464 $45,020 $115,800 3,592
Waldron 24 716 $64,211 $132,900 3,235
Mount Summit 25 390 $43,750 $88,300 4,061
Burlington 26 715 $42,361 $109,700 3,516
Monroe City 27 557 $57,750 $69,600 4,234
Rocky Ripple 28 622 $43,194 $113,300 3,355
Wilkinson 29 490 $53,229 $100,600 3,834
Sharpsville 30 531 $44,034 $93,100 3,906
Richland 31 457 $51,354 $94,500 3,724
New Market 32 771 $46,833 $86,300 4,093
Gosport 33 898 $50,917 $92,600 4,205
Elizabeth 34 163 $52,935 $99,200 3,920
Hoagland 35 1,030 $60,625 $130,800 1,109
Bethany 36 148 $48,750 $88,900 3,963
North Salem 37 503 $47,266 $93,100 4,065
Monroe 38 831 $43,194 $101,400 3,881
Americus 39 630 $41,653 $162,500 3,285
Greenville 40 626 $47,857 $155,200 2,984
Knightsville 41 1,079 $49,038 $65,800 1,595
Millhousen 42 246 $79,167 $113,400 2,910
La Crosse 43 617 $46,818 $90,900 4,068
New Harmony 44 797 $44,784 $107,100 3,400
New Richmond 45 539 $73,393 $82,500 4,046
Patriot 46 279 $62,708 $101,400 3,575
Griffin 47 299 $70,000 $57,800 4,138
Bruceville 48 630 $52,768 $71,400 4,231
Bainbridge 49 878 $44,297 $94,300 4,228
Lizton 50 609 $39,167 $121,000 3,684
Rolling Prairie 51 554 $79,708 $147,800 3,045
Hanna 52 383 $71,250 $82,600 3,687
Lanesville 53 630 $41,875 $108,200 3,699
Roseland 54 1,273 $41,500 $82,700 1,611
Atlanta 55 663 $53,214 $99,400 4,097
Cannelburg 56 227 $37,500 $85,700 4,047
Memphis 57 628 $68,527 $147,000 2,852
Coalmont 58 313 $44,286 $126,800 3,608
Camden 59 669 $46,667 $77,800 4,104
Darlington 60 812 $44,917 $82,800 4,172
Utica 61 1,037 $48,281 $118,000 1,280
Spring Grove 62 302 $44,063 $95,700 3,873
Fountain City 63 696 $44,911 $87,400 4,108
Staunton 64 592 $54,375 $70,500 4,550
Napoleon 65 188 $45,833 $84,700 4,155
Harrodsburg 66 644 $49,500 $91,400 3,847
Springport 67 243 $43,750 $86,700 4,470
Swayzee 68 987 $47,946 $77,100 4,164
Linden 69 765 $40,000 $86,200 4,146
Borden 70 623 $48,693 $107,500 3,588
Colfax 71 693 $48,438 $78,600 4,214
Spiceland 72 914 $45,156 $81,600 4,195
Butlerville 73 211 $64,567 $89,000 1,880
Avoca 74 691 $50,714 $86,500 3,257
Sunman 75 936 $40,893 $121,600 3,717
Hartsville 76 435 $53,068 $85,200 4,056
Pine Village 77 230 $42,344 $66,700 4,253
Taylorsville 78 856 $32,292 $91,900 3,848
New Goshen 79 354 $54,205 $76,800 4,353
Mackey 80 138 $33,750 $80,000 4,232
Orland 81 537 $51,500 $103,600 3,645
Sandborn 82 409 $52,500 $65,400 4,183
Zanesville 83 761 $63,269 $89,600 3,873
New Ross 84 315 $49,191 $85,000 3,949
Wheatfield 85 924 $43,875 $128,800 3,666
Fontanet 86 416 $65,568 $95,400 3,733
Shelby 87 471 $61,667 $89,700 3,426
Amo 88 423 $52,083 $105,000 3,711
Burnettsville 89 319 $49,583 $72,000 4,053
Seelyville 90 975 $48,250 $79,000 4,207
Roachdale 91 818 $48,500 $82,300 4,369
Fish Lake 92 851 $41,500 $113,200 3,328
Stilesville 93 270 $34,500 $110,100 4,088
Advance 94 493 $48,125 $105,000 3,879
Center Point 95 200 $51,875 $74,200 4,014
Vernon 96 218 $41,094 $83,500 4,079
Riley 97 216 $37,188 $69,600 4,382
Stockwell 98 564 $55,972 $94,100 3,840
Cynthiana 99 633 $46,563 $71,500 4,053
Walton 100 841 $37,279 $79,400 4,267

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