These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Indiana For 2018


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.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Indiana for 2018:

  1. Highland (Homes For Sale)
  2. Battle Ground (Homes For Sale)
  3. Haubstadt (Homes For Sale)
  4. Meridian Hills (Homes For Sale)
  5. Aberdeen (Homes For Sale)
  6. Melody Hill (Homes For Sale)
  7. Leo-Cedarville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Middlebury (Homes For Sale)
  9. Georg (Homes For Sale)
  10. Darmstadt (Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Highland, 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.

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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 2012-2016 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 – 213 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 213, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Indiana. Top of that list — Highland.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Indiana.

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1. Highland


Population: 4,256
Median Income: $70,339 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $154,700 (24th Best)
More on Highland: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Battle Ground


Population: 1,568
Median Income: $80,179 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $155,900 (22nd Best)
More on Battle Ground: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Haubstadt


Population: 1,615
Median Income: $59,917 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $153,000 (26th Best)
More on Haubstadt: Data| Homes For Sale

4. Meridian Hills


Population: 1,762
Median Income: $141,563 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $439,400 (1st Best)
More on Meridian Hills: Data| Homes For Sale

5. Aberdeen


Population: 1,771
Median Income: $84,643 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $315,500 (5th Best)
More on Aberdeen: Data| Homes For Sale

6. Melody Hill


Population: 3,623
Median Income: $75,357 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $147,800 (30th Best)
More on Melody Hill: Data| Homes For Sale

7. Leo-Cedarville

Leo-Cedarville, IN

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,721
Median Income: $74,047 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $177,700 (9th Best)
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8. Middlebury


Population: 3,512
Median Income: $62,284 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $154,400 (25th Best)
More on Middlebury: Data| Homes For Sale

9. Georg

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,152
Median Income: $72,350 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $165,900 (16th Best)
More on Georg: Data| Homes For Sale

10. Darmstadt


Population: 1,338
Median Income: $86,964 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $209,300 (7th Best)
More on Darmstadt: Data| Homes For Sale

11. Roanoke


Population: 1,754
Median Income: $67,222 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $117,800 (57th Best)
More on Roanoke: Data| Homes For Sale

12. Trail Creek


Population: 2,037
Median Income: $63,558 (30th Best)
Median Home Value: $130,900 (43rd Best)
More on Trail Creek: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Galena


Population: 1,852
Median Income: $70,431 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,500 (14th Best)
More on Galena: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Shorewood Forest


Population: 2,580
Median Income: $102,000 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $341,500 (3rd Best)
More on Shorewood Forest: Data| Homes For Sale

15. Ogden Dunes


Population: 1,138
Median Income: $101,458 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $321,800 (4th Best)
More on Ogden Dunes: Data| Homes For Sale

16. Edgewood


Population: 1,863
Median Income: $60,436 (36th Best)
Median Home Value: $97,400 (96th Best)
More on Edgewood: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Smithville-Sanders


Population: 3,519
Median Income: $74,034 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $155,400 (23rd Best)
More on Smithville-Sanders: Data| Homes For Sale

18. Ossian


Population: 3,770
Median Income: $56,226 (46th Best)
Median Home Value: $119,300 (56th Best)
More on Ossian: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Ferdinand


Population: 2,119
Median Income: $61,354 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $136,200 (34th Best)
More on Ferdinand: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Shadeland


Population: 1,766
Median Income: $66,250 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $156,200 (21st Best)
More on Shadeland: Data| Homes For Sale

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 20 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. Country Squire Lakes
  2. Kingsford Heights
  3. New Pekin

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Indiana

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Highland 4,256 $70,339 $154,700
2 Battle Ground 1,568 $80,179 $155,900
3 Haubstadt 1,615 $59,917 $153,000
4 Meridian Hills 1,762 $141,563 $439,400
5 Aberdeen 1,771 $84,643 $315,500
6 Melody Hill 3,623 $75,357 $147,800
7 Leo-Cedarville 3,721 $74,047 $177,700
8 Middlebury 3,512 $62,284 $154,400
9 Georg 3,152 $72,350 $165,900
10 Darmstadt 1,338 $86,964 $209,300
11 Roanoke 1,754 $67,222 $117,800
12 Trail Creek 2,037 $63,558 $130,900
13 Galena 1,852 $70,431 $167,500
14 Shorewood Forest 2,580 $102,000 $341,500
15 Ogden Dunes 1,138 $101,458 $321,800
16 Edgewood 1,863 $60,436 $97,400
17 Smithville-Sanders 3,519 $74,034 $155,400
18 Ossian 3,770 $56,226 $119,300
19 Ferdinand 2,119 $61,354 $136,200
20 Shadeland 1,766 $66,250 $156,200
21 Santa Claus 2,726 $72,355 $170,500
22 Long Beach 1,090 $91,042 $424,700
23 Taylorsville 1,058 $65,833 $106,000
24 Fort Branch 2,989 $45,000 $114,700
25 Swayzee 1,004 $51,181 $85,700
26 Newburgh 3,300 $46,953 $135,600
27 Upland 3,663 $52,500 $126,900
28 Pittsboro 3,181 $79,505 $157,200
29 New Palestine 2,103 $66,711 $176,500
30 Whiteland 4,949 $66,250 $121,200
31 Simonton Lake 4,573 $58,831 $143,700
32 Osceola 2,468 $60,458 $105,000
33 Wakarusa 2,030 $56,071 $135,200
34 Covington 2,519 $50,024 $93,000
35 Clermont 1,439 $69,821 $117,800
36 Avilla 2,260 $42,738 $102,000
37 Kouts 1,846 $60,590 $135,600
38 Dayton 1,616 $51,863 $112,600
39 New Carlisle 2,035 $52,738 $126,200
40 Mulberry 1,355 $52,639 $97,500
41 Southport 2,067 $54,474 $115,400
42 Cicero 4,883 $64,127 $142,400
43 Berne 3,982 $40,614 $94,500
44 Greendale 4,475 $60,195 $125,300
45 Rossville 1,539 $48,750 $123,300
46 Churubusco 1,852 $44,750 $99,300
47 Porter 4,873 $90,590 $169,400
48 Galveston 1,232 $47,794 $89,000
49 Wolcott 1,093 $54,500 $84,600
50 Burns Harbor 1,301 $70,284 $156,600
51 Tri-Lakes 1,242 $56,563 $219,800
52 Salt Creek Commons 2,487 $63,229 $120,700
53 Lapel 2,157 $50,230 $98,100
54 Wanatah 1,231 $64,167 $131,700
55 Brookston 1,433 $43,333 $90,000
56 Markle 1,209 $48,036 $87,600
57 North Webster 1,215 $41,632 $126,200
58 Remington 1,323 $48,542 $86,200
59 Nashville 1,260 $38,427 $160,900
60 Harlan 1,486 $57,361 $111,300
61 Culver 1,275 $44,559 $134,400
62 Oxford 1,125 $49,028 $70,800
63 Fortville 4,213 $57,446 $117,500
64 Hope 2,289 $46,563 $75,100
65 Pendleton 4,307 $60,156 $137,700
66 Fairmount 2,908 $44,167 $80,600
67 Princes Lakes 1,424 $64,598 $126,700
68 Monrovia 1,623 $64,129 $124,100
69 Frankton 1,819 $52,500 $84,800
70 Henryville 1,859 $55,333 $120,800
71 Poseyville 1,118 $44,286 $96,400
72 Sweetser 1,337 $52,837 $109,100
73 Walton 1,356 $44,911 $74,800
74 Heritage Lake 2,953 $64,257 $151,600
75 New Paris 1,368 $38,024 $108,200
76 Lake Dalecarlia 1,508 $90,074 $167,400
77 Hamilton 1,564 $46,182 $162,500
78 Farmland 1,308 $41,500 $73,600
79 Fairview Park 1,149 $48,264 $88,400
80 Grabill 1,448 $47,102 $100,800
81 Hayden 1,286 $56,546 $110,800
82 Wayn 1,058 $46,953 $83,500
83 Brooklyn 1,514 $48,654 $114,600
84 Liberty 1,897 $42,007 $81,900
85 Farmersburg 1,301 $46,250 $71,900
86 Bremen 4,577 $38,242 $116,100
87 Whiting 4,870 $51,544 $115,200
88 Fish Lake 1,346 $54,083 $99,900
89 Brown 2,952 $42,729 $108,700
90 Ingalls 2,144 $50,417 $97,500
91 Bourbon 1,808 $44,881 $92,900
92 Rome City 1,146 $49,779 $195,800
93 Trafalgar 1,237 $58,693 $117,500
94 Koontz Lake 1,529 $48,705 $107,700
95 North Terre Haute 4,411 $44,758 $90,200
96 Russiaville 1,108 $50,400 $105,200
97 Hager 1,646 $42,188 $93,700
98 Cordry Sweetwater Lakes 1,015 $53,333 $168,300
99 Syracuse 2,867 $43,704 $114,600
100 Albany 1,988 $48,889 $73,000

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