These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Indiana For 2019


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. Data updated for 2019.

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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 2019:

  1. Battle Ground (Homes)
  2. Meridian Hills (Homes)
  3. Haubstadt (Homes)
  4. Highland (Homes)
  5. Melody Hill (Homes)
  6. Trail Creek (Homes)
  7. Georg (Homes)
  8. Shorewood Forest (Homes)
  9. Aberdeen (Homes)
  10. Darmstadt (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Battle Ground, 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:

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 – 209 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 209, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Indiana. Top of that list — Battle Ground.

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,717
Median Income: $85,139 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,800 (14th Best)
More on Battle Ground: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 1,813
Median Income: $151,563 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $453,200 (1st Best)
More on Meridian Hills: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,471
Median Income: $63,056 (33rd Best)
Median Home Value: $158,200 (23rd Best)
More on Haubstadt: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,539
Median Income: $71,742 (18th Best)
Median Home Value: $158,300 (22nd Best)
More on Highland: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,625
Median Income: $78,469 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $149,500 (28th Best)
More on Melody Hill: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,000
Median Income: $64,063 (31st Best)
Median Home Value: $131,200 (46th Best)
More on Trail Creek: Data | Homes For Sale

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,187
Median Income: $82,500 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $178,700 (10th Best)
More on Georg: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,512
Median Income: $102,950 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $350,300 (3rd Best)
More on Shorewood Forest: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,602
Median Income: $87,227 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $330,700 (5th Best)
More on Aberdeen: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,299
Median Income: $90,221 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $211,300 (7th Best)
More on Darmstadt: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,535
Median Income: $67,031 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $162,200 (19th Best)
More on Middlebury: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,751
Median Income: $60,500 (39th Best)
Median Home Value: $119,700 (58th Best)
More on Roanoke: Data | Homes For Sale

Newburgh, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,280
Median Income: $67,816 (23rd Best)
Median Home Value: $143,700 (30th Best)
More on Newburgh: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,195
Median Income: $108,375 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $334,800 (4th Best)
More on Ogden Dunes: Data | Homes For Sale

New Palestine, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,142
Median Income: $74,750 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $184,200 (9th Best)
More on New Palestine: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,960
Median Income: $63,500 (32nd Best)
Median Home Value: $98,400 (98th Best)
More on Edgewood: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,126
Median Income: $104,444 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $418,900 (2nd Best)
More on Long Beach: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,001
Median Income: $59,375 (43rd Best)
Median Home Value: $139,200 (34th Best)
More on Ferdinand: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,899
Median Income: $59,818 (41st Best)
Median Home Value: $118,900 (60th Best)
More on Ossian: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,819
Median Income: $72,552 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,300 (16th Best)
More on Galena: 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. Union City
  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 Battle Ground 1,717 $85,139.0 $167,800.0
2 Meridian Hills 1,813 $151,563.0 $453,200.0
3 Haubstadt 1,471 $63,056.0 $158,200.0
4 Highland 4,539 $71,742.0 $158,300.0
5 Melody Hill 3,625 $78,469.0 $149,500.0
6 Trail Creek 2,000 $64,063.0 $131,200.0
7 Georg 3,187 $82,500.0 $178,700.0
8 Shorewood Forest 2,512 $102,950.0 $350,300.0
9 Aberdeen 1,602 $87,227.0 $330,700.0
10 Darmstadt 1,299 $90,221.0 $211,300.0
11 Middlebury 3,535 $67,031.0 $162,200.0
12 Roanoke 1,751 $60,500.0 $119,700.0
13 Newburgh 3,280 $67,816.0 $143,700.0
14 Ogden Dunes 1,195 $108,375.0 $334,800.0
15 New Palestine 2,142 $74,750.0 $184,200.0
16 Edgewood 1,960 $63,500.0 $98,400.0
17 Long Beach 1,126 $104,444.0 $418,900.0
18 Ferdinand 2,001 $59,375.0 $139,200.0
19 Ossian 3,899 $59,818.0 $118,900.0
20 Galena 1,819 $72,552.0 $167,300.0
21 Fort Branch 2,957 $49,940.0 $114,700.0
22 Pittsboro 3,224 $72,955.0 $159,600.0
23 Santa Claus 2,738 $75,474.0 $167,800.0
24 Shadeland 1,841 $68,864.0 $166,300.0
25 Taylorsville 1,045 $82,829.0 $107,700.0
26 Upland 3,642 $57,500.0 $132,800.0
27 Berne 4,002 $46,401.0 $93,200.0
28 Cicero 4,880 $66,701.0 $140,300.0
29 Whiteland 4,570 $70,455.0 $121,000.0
30 Osceola 2,712 $58,083.0 $109,200.0
31 Southport 1,894 $57,159.0 $122,100.0
32 Mulberry 1,313 $56,200.0 $98,500.0
33 Porter 4,855 $94,519.0 $171,800.0
34 Avilla 2,332 $45,045.0 $109,400.0
35 Simonton Lake 4,615 $59,188.0 $154,600.0
36 Galveston 1,177 $46,563.0 $91,600.0
37 Kouts 1,950 $62,014.0 $138,100.0
38 Rome City 1,131 $65,795.0 $193,800.0
39 New Carlisle 1,867 $54,722.0 $135,700.0
40 Fortville 4,323 $61,533.0 $114,500.0
41 Rossville 1,629 $47,772.0 $121,100.0
42 Sweetser 1,412 $55,337.0 $104,700.0
43 Burns Harbor 1,452 $72,632.0 $162,100.0
44 Wakarusa 1,938 $57,426.0 $133,300.0
45 Wanatah 1,234 $61,250.0 $135,700.0
46 Covington 2,365 $45,521.0 $94,700.0
47 Markle 1,311 $50,000.0 $85,800.0
48 Monrovia 1,652 $67,443.0 $137,000.0
49 Wolcott 1,136 $56,375.0 $86,800.0
50 Salt Creek Commons 2,515 $71,583.0 $125,600.0
51 Lapel 2,201 $54,896.0 $106,300.0
52 Clermont 1,361 $65,385.0 $114,100.0
53 Dayton 1,619 $51,536.0 $117,100.0
54 North Webster 1,287 $50,523.0 $113,000.0
55 Greendale 4,537 $56,302.0 $124,900.0
56 Henryville 1,949 $59,297.0 $140,700.0
57 Cordry Sweetwater Lakes 1,108 $69,013.0 $282,400.0
58 Oxford 1,169 $52,866.0 $73,000.0
59 Grabill 1,471 $50,167.0 $102,800.0
60 Remington 1,287 $46,438.0 $90,000.0
61 Brookston 1,393 $44,792.0 $91,500.0
62 Hamilton 1,516 $50,000.0 $170,000.0
63 Churubusco 1,873 $46,974.0 $100,300.0
64 Wayn 1,171 $54,688.0 $80,200.0
65 Hope 2,400 $47,083.0 $74,800.0
66 Whiting 4,858 $57,625.0 $123,300.0
67 Lake Dalecarlia 1,595 $94,674.0 $168,900.0
68 Brooklyn 1,447 $52,917.0 $124,500.0
69 Harlan 1,649 $59,255.0 $107,700.0
70 Poseyville 1,085 $45,526.0 $106,300.0
71 Nashville 1,219 $44,167.0 $164,500.0
72 Heritage Lake 3,000 $65,500.0 $156,800.0
73 Woodburn 1,651 $60,625.0 $85,100.0
74 Gree 2,626 $47,283.0 $95,300.0
75 Frankton 1,879 $48,879.0 $87,400.0
76 Pendleton 4,269 $62,500.0 $134,400.0
77 Corydon 3,116 $44,145.0 $108,300.0
78 Bremen 4,548 $44,458.0 $132,200.0
79 Princes Lakes 1,484 $65,650.0 $135,000.0
80 Liberty 1,829 $40,977.0 $83,300.0
81 New Paris 1,456 $39,583.0 $112,400.0
82 Culver 1,261 $40,000.0 $151,900.0
83 Monroeville 1,197 $45,000.0 $80,600.0
84 Owensville 1,291 $41,078.0 $85,500.0
85 Walton 1,281 $43,438.0 $73,400.0
86 Bourbon 1,840 $50,429.0 $96,200.0
87 Farmland 1,283 $46,333.0 $68,200.0
88 Farmersburg 1,263 $39,196.0 $74,500.0
89 Rising Sun 2,219 $44,286.0 $100,700.0
90 Dale 1,552 $48,450.0 $93,000.0
91 Hebron 3,968 $54,375.0 $136,300.0
92 North Liberty 1,939 $41,250.0 $103,000.0
93 Converse 1,139 $33,068.0 $81,800.0
94 Fish Lake 1,500 $59,740.0 $96,500.0
95 Waterloo 2,227 $47,708.0 $72,700.0
96 Mentone 1,299 $48,750.0 $75,600.0
97 Trafalgar 1,307 $55,268.0 $120,100.0
98 Brown 2,952 $39,301.0 $104,400.0
99 Williamsport 1,852 $44,327.0 $90,700.0
100 Knight 2,103 $44,279.0 $74,600.0

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.

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