These Are The 10 Best Suburbs In Indiana For 2018


We used science and data to determine the best suburbs in Indiana for you to live.

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Are you sick of being a city slicker?

Do you long for life in suburban Indiana? Where you can drive your overly-large vehicle to the store for groceries, and schlep the kids around to practices and appointments without worrying about a parking space?

We do too.

Public transportation is…icky at times. When you have to call an Uber to get to urgent care on a Friday night, that gets old after a while.

So, the question is, if you wanted to move out to the suburbs of Indianapolis, where would you go? And how would you decide on the ranking factors to help you pick which Indiana suburb was best?

No worries. We got it all figured out here.

These are the 10 best suburbs in the Hoosier State:

  1. Zionsville (Photos)
  2. Carmel (Photos)
  3. St. John (Photos)
  4. Westfield (Photos)
  5. Dyer (Photos)
  6. Noblesville (Photos)
  7. Munster (Photos)
  8. Brownsburg (Photos)
  9. Auburn (Photos)
  10. Bargersville (Photos)

Zionsville is the place to be when it comes to being a soccer mom in suburban Indiana.

So if you’re thinking of packing up your mini van and making a move to a quiet place to live in Indiana, we’ve got you covered.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology. Or, check out the best places to live in Indiana and the best places to raise a family in Indiana.

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How do you determine which suburb is the best in Indiana anyways?

To give you the best suburbs in Indiana, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s a “best city” and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the suburb numbers for the Hoosier State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Indiana, we looked at every town between 5,000 and 200,000 residents, and within 30 miles of a city that’s over 200,000 people (In other words, suburbs).

We paid particular attention to:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher is Better)
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Commute Time
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We ranked each suburb in Indiana across a number of criteria from one to 40, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the town posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Suburb To Live In Indiana”.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and awesome places to live in Indiana

Read on to see why Zionsville is the ‘burb with the most, while Gary is probably not the best place to live in Indiana.

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1. Zionsville

Zionsville, In

Source: Public domain

Population: 25,709
Median Income: $118,190
Median Home Price: $343,400
Zionsville is located 17 miles north of Indianapolis.

2. Carmel

Carmel, In

Population: 86,940
Median Income: $106,546
Median Home Price: $306,500
Carmel is located 13 miles north of Indianapolis.

3. St. John

St. John, In

Source: Public domain

Population: 15,777
Median Income: $98,545
Median Home Price: $257,000
St. John is located 29 miles south of Chicago.

4. Westfield

Westfield, In

Population: 34,284
Median Income: $90,048
Median Home Price: $226,000
Westfield is located 17 miles north of Indianapolis.

5. Dyer

Dyer, In

Population: 16,133
Median Income: $78,043
Median Home Price: $191,400
Dyer is located 25 miles south of Chicago.

6. Noblesville

Noblesville, In

Population: 58,719
Median Income: $70,276
Median Home Price: $177,500
Noblesville is located 19 miles north of Indianapolis.

7. Munster

Munster, In

Population: 23,103
Median Income: $70,894
Median Home Price: $212,900
Munster is located 22 miles south of Chicago.

8. Brownsburg

Brownsburg, In

Population: 24,072
Median Income: $68,647
Median Home Price: $153,000
Brownsburg is located 13 miles west of Indianapolis.

9. Auburn

Auburn, In

Population: 12,758
Median Income: $45,948
Median Home Price: $104,500
Auburn is located 19 miles north of Fort Wayne.

10. Bargersville

Bargersville, In

Population: 6,824
Median Income: $72,096
Median Home Price: $159,000
Bargersville is located 16 miles south of Indianapolis.

There You Have It – The Best Suburbs In Indiana

Here’s a look at the worst suburbs in Indiana according to the data:

  1. Gary
  2. East Chicago
  3. Lake Station

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Suburbs In Indiana

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Zionsville 1 25,709 $118,190 $343,400
Carmel 2 86,940 $106,546 $306,500
St. John 3 15,777 $98,545 $257,000
Westfield 4 34,284 $90,048 $226,000
Dyer 5 16,133 $78,043 $191,400
Noblesville 6 58,719 $70,276 $177,500
Munster 7 23,103 $70,894 $212,900
Brownsburg 8 24,072 $68,647 $153,000
Auburn 9 12,758 $45,948 $104,500
Bargersville 10 6,824 $72,096 $159,000
New Whiteland 11 5,814 $57,043 $95,900
Plainfield 12 30,318 $61,410 $147,200
Schererville 13 28,899 $69,525 $208,000
Mccordsville 14 5,924 $92,838 $196,500
Danville 15 9,482 $54,681 $149,100
Avon 16 15,712 $93,116 $182,800
Cumberland 17 5,422 $55,610 $152,100
Griffith 18 16,583 $55,583 $133,700
Lebanon 19 15,846 $46,943 $113,400
Decatur 20 9,384 $40,840 $91,200
Greenfield 21 21,380 $52,513 $125,600
Greenwood 22 54,564 $53,592 $138,900
New Haven 23 15,677 $46,691 $96,000
Franklin 24 24,021 $53,207 $114,500
Portage 25 37,054 $54,069 $136,000
Mooresville 26 9,553 $51,408 $124,300
Garrett 27 6,620 $41,971 $84,100
Hobart 28 28,693 $59,424 $136,200
Bluffton 29 9,702 $38,982 $92,100
Beech Grove 30 14,319 $37,951 $94,300
Speedway 31 12,145 $40,499 $116,200
Huntington 32 17,340 $39,011 $77,300
Martinsville 33 11,714 $40,890 $93,900
Lawrence 34 47,415 $48,650 $129,700
Shelbyville 35 19,083 $42,283 $96,900
Kendallville 36 9,980 $37,407 $90,800
Hammond 37 78,349 $41,685 $87,100
Lake Station 38 12,199 $41,439 $81,000
East Chicago 39 28,961 $27,264 $75,000
Gary 40 77,858 $28,895 $65,400

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