Best places to live in Indiana

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Best places to live in Indiana

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Indiana using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Avon
- Population: 17,453
- Median home value: $210,600 (84% own)
- Median rent: $1,149 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $94,213
- Top public schools: Brownsburg East Middle School (A+), White Lick Elementary School (A+), Plainfield Community Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Kingsway Christian School, Our Shepherd Lutheran School, Avon Trails KinderCare

#9. Whitestown
- Population: 8,312
- Median home value: $225,000 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,317 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $85,000
- Top public schools: Zionsville Community High School (A+), Brownsburg East Middle School (A+), Boone Meadow (A+)
- Top private schools: Traders Point Christian Schools (B+), Primrose School at Anson - Zionsville, Zionsville KinderCare

#8. Noblesville
- Population: 63,071
- Median home value: $209,100 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,039 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $82,218
- Top public schools: Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate / Junior High (A), Fishers Junior High School (A), Durbin Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Noblesville Kindercare, Primrose School of Noblesville, The Goddard School - Noblesville (Union Chapel Road)

#7. Munster
- Population: 22,689
- Median home value: $228,400 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,149 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $84,254
- Top public schools: Munster High School (A+), Frank H. Hammond Elementary School (A), Wilbur Wright Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Thomas More School (A+), St. Paul's Lutheran School, Kiddie Academy of Munster

#6. Westfield
- Population: 39,610
- Median home value: $254,800 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,207 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $98,376
- Top public schools: Carmel High School (A+), Carmel Middle School (A+), Westfield High School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Maria Goretti School, Montessori School of Westfield, Union Bible College Academy

#5. Meridian Hills
- Population: 1,741
- Median home value: $515,600 (98% own)
- Median rent: $2,667 (2% rent)
- Median household income: $186,750
- Top public schools: North Central High School (A-), Center for Inquiry at School No. 84 (B+), Merle Sidener Gifted Academy School No. 359 (B+)
- Top private schools: Park Tudor School (A+), St. Luke Elementary School, Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School and Kindergarten

#4. Granger
- Population: 30,776
- Median home value: $219,900 (95% own)
- Median rent: $1,491 (5% rent)
- Median household income: $101,904
- Top public schools: Northpoint Elementary School (A), Discovery Middle School (A), Prairie Vista Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Granger Christian School (B+), St. Pius X. Catholic School, Peace Lutheran School

#3. Zionsville
- Population: 27,463
- Median home value: $385,700 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,305 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $137,377
- Top public schools: Carmel High School (A+), Zionsville Community High School (A+), Brownsburg East Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Children's Learning Program, Interactive Academy, The Goddard School

#2. Fishers
- Population: 90,332
- Median home value: $264,200 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,250 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $109,454
- Top public schools: Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate / Junior High (A), Fishers Junior High School (A), Cumberland Road Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: East Fishers KinderCare, Fishers Landing KinderCare, Fishers Roberts Drive KinderCare

#1. Carmel
- Population: 97,464
- Median home value: $333,200 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,207 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $112,765
- Top public schools: Carmel High School (A+), Creekside Middle School (A+), West Clay Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: University High School of Indiana (A+), Coram Deo Academy (A+), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School

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Best places to live in Indiana

What do you look for in an ideal town? Proximity to trails, lakes, and beaches? How about top-ranked schools for your children? Would you like a professional or college sports team nearby, or do you prefer museums and art walks?

Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in Indiana using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather.

On the list, there’s a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

#10. Avon
- Population: 17,453
- Median home value: $210,600 (84% own)
- Median rent: $1,149 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $94,213
- Top public schools: Brownsburg East Middle School (A+), White Lick Elementary School (A+), Plainfield Community Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Kingsway Christian School, Our Shepherd Lutheran School, Avon Trails KinderCare

#9. Whitestown
- Population: 8,312
- Median home value: $225,000 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,317 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $85,000
- Top public schools: Zionsville Community High School (A+), Brownsburg East Middle School (A+), Boone Meadow (A+)
- Top private schools: Traders Point Christian Schools (B+), Primrose School at Anson - Zionsville, Zionsville KinderCare

#8. Noblesville
- Population: 63,071
- Median home value: $209,100 (71% own)
- Median rent: $1,039 (29% rent)
- Median household income: $82,218
- Top public schools: Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate / Junior High (A), Fishers Junior High School (A), Durbin Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Noblesville Kindercare, Primrose School of Noblesville, The Goddard School - Noblesville (Union Chapel Road)

#7. Munster
- Population: 22,689
- Median home value: $228,400 (88% own)
- Median rent: $1,149 (12% rent)
- Median household income: $84,254
- Top public schools: Munster High School (A+), Frank H. Hammond Elementary School (A), Wilbur Wright Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Thomas More School (A+), St. Paul's Lutheran School, Kiddie Academy of Munster

#6. Westfield
- Population: 39,610
- Median home value: $254,800 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,207 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $98,376
- Top public schools: Carmel High School (A+), Carmel Middle School (A+), Westfield High School (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Maria Goretti School, Montessori School of Westfield, Union Bible College Academy

#5. Meridian Hills
- Population: 1,741
- Median home value: $515,600 (98% own)
- Median rent: $2,667 (2% rent)
- Median household income: $186,750
- Top public schools: North Central High School (A-), Center for Inquiry at School No. 84 (B+), Merle Sidener Gifted Academy School No. 359 (B+)
- Top private schools: Park Tudor School (A+), St. Luke Elementary School, Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School and Kindergarten

#4. Granger
- Population: 30,776
- Median home value: $219,900 (95% own)
- Median rent: $1,491 (5% rent)
- Median household income: $101,904
- Top public schools: Northpoint Elementary School (A), Discovery Middle School (A), Prairie Vista Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Granger Christian School (B+), St. Pius X. Catholic School, Peace Lutheran School

#3. Zionsville
- Population: 27,463
- Median home value: $385,700 (83% own)
- Median rent: $1,305 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $137,377
- Top public schools: Carmel High School (A+), Zionsville Community High School (A+), Brownsburg East Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Children's Learning Program, Interactive Academy, The Goddard School

#2. Fishers
- Population: 90,332
- Median home value: $264,200 (78% own)
- Median rent: $1,250 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $109,454
- Top public schools: Hamilton Southeastern Intermediate / Junior High (A), Fishers Junior High School (A), Cumberland Road Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: East Fishers KinderCare, Fishers Landing KinderCare, Fishers Roberts Drive KinderCare

#1. Carmel
- Population: 97,464
- Median home value: $333,200 (76% own)
- Median rent: $1,207 (24% rent)
- Median household income: $112,765
- Top public schools: Carmel High School (A+), Creekside Middle School (A+), West Clay Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: University High School of Indiana (A+), Coram Deo Academy (A+), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School

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