Best places to live in Indiana

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March 31, 2021
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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. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

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.

#25. Battle Ground

- Population: 1,857
- Median home value: $180,000 (90% own)
- Median rent: $969 (10% rent)
- Median household income: $87,813
- Top public schools: William Henry Harrison High School (A), Battle Ground Elementary School (B+), Battle Ground Middle School (B)

- Pictured: 5143 Greenview Ct, Battle Ground ($345,000, 4 bedrooms)

#24. Chesterton

- Population: 14,119
- Median home value: $190,400 (68% own)
- Median rent: $933 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $73,977
- Top public schools: Liberty Intermediate School (A), Brummitt Elementary School (A), Jackson Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Patrick Elementary School (unavailable), Duneland Montessori Academy (unavailable), La Petite Academy of Chesterton (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1040 Country Creek Ln, Chesterton ($1.5 million, 4 bedrooms)

#23. Schererville

- Population: 28,590
- Median home value: $222,400 (80% own)
- Median rent: $973 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $72,035
- Top public schools: George Bibich Elementary School (A), Peifer Elementary School (A), Timothy Ball Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Hammond Baptist High School (B), St. Michael School (unavailable), Forest Ridge Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1409 Wilderness Dr, Schererville ($1.6 million, 5 bedrooms)

#22. Ogden Dunes

- Population: 1,163
- Median home value: $354,800 (93% own)
- Median rent: $1,568 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $118,750
- Top public schools: Crisman Elementary School (B), Willowcreek Middle School (B), Portage High School (B-)

- Pictured: 1 Woodland Trl, Ogden Dunes ($299,500, 2 bedrooms)

#21. Porter

- Population: 4,817
- Median home value: $189,900 (79% own)
- Median rent: $1,299 (21% rent)
- Median household income: $91,667
- Top public schools: Discovery Charter School (A), Brummitt Elementary School (A), Chesterton Senior High School (A)

- Pictured: 3001 Duneland Dr, Porter ($1.2 million, 2 bedrooms)

#20. Speedway

- Population: 12,266
- Median home value: $122,000 (45% own)
- Median rent: $826 (55% rent)
- Median household income: $42,188
- Top public schools: Speedway Junior High School (A), Speedway Senior High School (A), James A. Allison Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: St. Christopher School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 5316 Meadowood Dr, Speedway ($239,900, 3 bedrooms)

#19. Bargersville

- Population: 7,085
- Median home value: $219,100 (78% own)
- Median rent: $983 (22% rent)
- Median household income: $87,763
- Top public schools: Center Grove Middle School Central (A), Center Grove Elementary School (A), Center Grove High School (A)
- Top private schools: Risen Lord Montessori School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 5347 N 400 W, Bargersville ($1.8 million, 5 bedrooms)

#18. Upland

- Population: 3,733
- Median home value: $128,300 (67% own)
- Median rent: $611 (33% rent)
- Median household income: $56,364
- Top public schools: Eastbrook High School (B+), Eastbrook South Elementary School (B), Eastbrook Junior High School (B)

- Pictured: 700 W Grant St, Hartford City ($63,000, 2 bedrooms)

#17. Valparaiso

- Population: 33,355
- Median home value: $185,800 (56% own)
- Median rent: $925 (44% rent)
- Median household income: $59,533
- Top public schools: Northview Elementary School (A), Washington Township Elementary School (A), Ben Franklin Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Victory Christian Academy (A-), St. Paul Catholic School (unavailable), Immanuel Lutheran School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 234 W 166 S, Valparaiso ($2.0 million, 7 bedrooms)

#16. Columbus

- Population: 48,150
- Median home value: $166,200 (62% own)
- Median rent: $951 (38% rent)
- Median household income: $63,405
- Top public schools: Columbus North High School (A), Columbus Signature Academy (CSA) - Lincoln Campus (A-), Columbus East High School (A-)
- Top private schools: Columbus Christian School (B), St. Peter's Lutheran School (unavailable), St. Bartholomew School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 8588 John Butler Rd, Columbus ($1.1 million, 3 bedrooms)

#15. Bloomington

- Population: 84,116
- Median home value: $200,700 (35% own)
- Median rent: $917 (65% rent)
- Median household income: $37,077
- Top public schools: Bloomington High School South (A+), Childs Elementary School (A), University Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Harmony School (A-), St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School (unavailable), The Prep School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 2100 E Guinness Ct, Bloomington ($1.9 million, 4 bedrooms)

#14. Winona Lake

- Population: 4,910
- Median home value: $170,700 (61% own)
- Median rent: $900 (39% rent)
- Median household income: $62,813
- Top public schools: Edgewood Middle School (A-), Eisenhower Elementary School (B+), Warsaw Community High School (B+)
- Top private schools: Lakeland Christian Academy (A-)

- Pictured: 1920 E Legacy Ln, Winona Lake ($729,000, 4 bedrooms)

#13. McCordsville

- Population: 6,857
- Median home value: $230,000 (93% own)
- Median rent: $1,228 (7% rent)
- Median household income: $99,497
- Top public schools: McCordsville Elementary School (A), Mt. Vernon Middle School (A-), Mt. Vernon High School (B+)

- Pictured: 13003 Water Ridge Dr, McCordsville ($1.3 million, 4 bedrooms)

#12. Brownsburg

- Population: 26,046
- Median home value: $195,700 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,135 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $78,877
- Top public schools: Brownsburg West Middle School (A+), Reagan Elementary School (A+), Brownsburg East Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Brownsburg Academy (unavailable), Brownsburg KinderCare (unavailable), The Children's Courtyard of Brownsburg (unavailable)

- Pictured: 4920 N County Road 575 E, Brownsburg ($1.3 million, 3 bedrooms)

#11. West Lafayette

- Population: 48,551
- Median home value: $224,000 (35% own)
- Median rent: $912 (65% rent)
- Median household income: $34,650
- Top public schools: West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School (A+), West Lafayette Elementary School (A+), West Lafayette Intermediate School (A+)
- Top private schools: Montessori School of Greater Lafayette (unavailable)

- Pictured: 4727 N 140 W, West Lafayette ($960,000, 2 bedrooms)

#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 (unavailable), Our Shepherd Lutheran School (unavailable), Avon Trails KinderCare (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1937 N County Road 425 E, Avon ($1.7 million, 4 bedrooms)

#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: Reagan Elementary School (A+), Brownsburg East Middle School (A+), Zionsville Community High School (A+)
- Top private schools: Traders Point Christian Schools (B+), Primrose School at Anson - Zionsville (unavailable), Zionsville KinderCare (unavailable)

- Pictured: 6864 E 400 S, Whitestown ($595,000, 4 bedrooms)

#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 (unavailable), Primrose School of Noblesville (unavailable), The Goddard School - Noblesville (Union Chapel Road) (unavailable)

- Pictured: 11468 Shoal Park, Noblesville ($1.6 million, 5 bedrooms)

#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 (unavailable), St. Paul's Lutheran School (unavailable), Kiddie Academy of Munster (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1517 Park West Cir, Munster ($1.7 million, 6 bedrooms)

#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+), Cherry Tree Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Union Bible College Academy (A-), St. Maria Goretti School (unavailable), Montessori School of Westfield (unavailable)

- Pictured: 1105 Chatham Ridge Ct, Westfield ($1.7 million, 5 bedrooms)

#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-), Shortridge High School (B+), Merle Sidener Gifted Academy School No. 359 (B+)
- Top private schools: Park Tudor School (A+)

- Pictured: 7333 Holliday Dr W, Indianapolis ($880,000, 5 bedrooms)

#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), Prairie Vista Elementary School (A), Discovery Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Granger Christian School (B), St. Pius X. Catholic School (unavailable), Peace Lutheran School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 17640 Dannybrook Dr, Granger ($2.4 million, 5 bedrooms)

#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+), Reagan Elementary School (A+), Brownsburg East Middle School (A+)
- Top private schools: Children's Learning Program (unavailable), Interactive Academy (unavailable), The Goddard School (unavailable)

- Pictured: 4141 W 116th St, Zionsville ($6.3 million, 5 bedrooms)

#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+), Hoosier Road Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: East Fishers KinderCare (unavailable), Fishers Landing KinderCare (unavailable), Fishers Roberts Drive KinderCare (unavailable)

- Pictured: 13414 E 126th St, Fishers ($3.5 million, 7 bedrooms)

#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+), Smoky Row Elementary School (A+)
- Top private schools: University High School of Indiana (A+), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School (unavailable), Midwest Academy (unavailable)

- Pictured: 4141 W 116th St, Zionsville ($6.3 million, 5 bedrooms)

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