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Best Places To Live In Indiana 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score87
  • West Lafayette, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 44,543
  • It would be hard for me to imagine a better place to live. West Lafayette is an ideal American city. I delight in the beautiful downtown area where it is so easy to walk around and shop in an array of
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  • Fishers, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 85,887
  • I resided in Fishers, Indiana in Hamilton County from 2005 through 2012. There are a number of attractions, restaurants, night life, and shopping options available. Of note, Fishers was nominated in
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  • Zionsville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,709
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  • Carmel, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 86,940
  • I lived in Carmel, IN for about ten years in my twenties. There are many things that I enjoyed about Carmel, IN while I lived there, and some things I did not. The biggest aspect that I enjoyed about
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  • Crown Point, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,743
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  • St. John, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,777
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  • Tell City, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,313
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  • Dyer, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,133
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  • Jasper, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,790
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  • Noblesville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 58,719
  • I was born and raised in the great corn state of Indiana! Lived in the city of Indianapolis for about ten years or so, but decided to relocate to Noblesville, Indiana, and glad I made the choice! The big
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  • Batesville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,417
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  • Auburn, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,758
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  • Nappanee, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,767
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  • Columbia City, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,324
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  • Brownsburg, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,072
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  • Jeffersonville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 46,415
  • Jeffersonville, IN is a beautiful and exciting place to live. Having lived there myself I can give a great and accurate review as to what it would be like to live in Jeffersonville. four years ago I
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  • Westfield, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,284
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  • Columbus, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 46,474
  • There are plenty of good restaurants in the downtown area. There were also a few good places downtown to go out. Decent for the size of this town. There is a disappointing architectural tour. Everyone is
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  • Schererville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,899
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  • Decatur, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,384
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  • Highland, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,107
  • I lived here till I moved 2 years ago. This town is in the middle of everything, which is nice. You just have to drive 20 minutes to the mall, or 30-45 minutes to get into Chicago which is awesome. There
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  • Tipton, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,217
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  • Lowell, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,423
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  • Greenfield, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,380
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  • Monticello, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,312
  • Monticello's location, on two man made lakes is lovely, scenery-wise. Home prices are inexpensive if you are purchasing (see comment about rental prices below). Nice medical facility. Good locally
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  • Chesterton, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,912
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  • Bargersville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,824
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  • Winfield, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,233
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  • Bloomington, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 83,093
  • Bloomington seems to have it all. The town itself is lovely and surrounded by picturesque rolling hills. Downtown is alive and vibrant, a rarity in this day and age. Two absolutely gorgeous state
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  • Portland, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,225
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  • Crawfordsville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,996
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  • Notre Dame, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,724
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  • Plainfield, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,318
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  • Huntingburg, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,414
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  • Munster, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,103
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  • Valparaiso, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,271
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  • Frankfort, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,447
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  • Mooresville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,553
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  • Huntertown, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,286
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  • Seymour, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,996
  • I live on the western side of town. I would say that even though this is the 'better' side of town, there is not a lot that one may like about Seymour. Granted, there is an effort currently underway to
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  • Gas City, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,983
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  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 260,954
  • I've lived in Fort Wayne for well over 20 years. Fort Wayne is not for everyone. If you have money or are financially situated this is the perfect place for anyone. Yet if you have to subject yourself to
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  • McCordsville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,924
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  • Boonville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,186
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  • Merrillville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 35,268
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  • Vincennes, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,098
  • All scores do not make a sense because people of Vincennes do not have GOOD NIGHT SLEEP. Night train horns trigger cortisol level out of control causing obesity, trigger heart attacks and strokes, cause
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  • Granger, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,819
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  • Bluffton, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,702
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  • Hartford City, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,110
  • Hartford City is a caring, friendly community looking forward to new people moving in, which is likely because it's one of the safest towns around. People here know how to work hard but also know how to
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  • Avon, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,712
  • I live in Avon and have been for six years. This website gives it a D+ for crime which is wrong because the whole time I have lived here there has been one crime which was a robbery at a papa johns. The

Indiana: The Hoosier State

There’s a reason why 6.6 million people call Indiana home. For some, it may be the Hoosier State’s rustic charm; for others, it may be the lure of opportunities in manufacturing or agriculture. Whatever the reason, one thing is clear - Indiana has the cultural and economic diversity other states seem to lack. If you’re thinking about living in Indiana, one of these top places might be the perfect spot.

Indiana is located in the Midwestern U.S. It’s bordered by the other U.S. states of Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan. The state capital is Indianapolis, and the state’s largest metro area is located around the capital. Indiana’s other three largest metropolitan areas are Fort Wayne, Evansville, and South Bend.

Indiana is known as the “Crossroads of America” and has 14 interstates, more than any other state its size. Indiana also has several major river systems, including the Whitewater and Wabash rivers. The state is dominated by geographic extremes: northwest Indiana contains many sand ridges and dunes, while central Indiana is mostly flat, except for some gently rolling hills. Southern Indiana is characterized in some places by dramatic valleys and hilly terrain. The soil in central and southern Indiana is very fertile due to the composition of glacial sands, gravel, and clay in the ground. Winters here can be cold, with temperatures dropping to as low as 15 degrees in the north and 25 degrees in the south. Indiana summers can turn hot and humid, with temperatures across the state approaching 90 degrees.

Indiana is known for its exceptional academic community. Some of the nation’s top universities, like the University of Notre Dame and Purdue, are located here. Indiana University Bloomington is also one of the most prestigious universities in the country, contributing cutting-edge research and innovation to fields as diverse as nuclear physics and elementary education. Indianapolis boasts big museums, a vibrant nightlife, and the annual Indy 500. The annual Indiana State Fair, a regional and national draw, is held in the capital’s fairgrounds. The Hoosier State is also well-known for its athletic teams, like the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana Pacers.

Even if you base yourself in one of Indiana’s bustling cities, though, there’s a long list of quaint towns and beautiful scenic areas to take in that are just an hour’s drive away. The cost of living here is lower than the national average, so let yourself take in everything the state has to offer! Covered bridges especially are worth seeing in rural Indiana, and the countryside is ideal for outdoor recreation. It’s this mix of culture and nature that really make Indiana so appealing. Some of Indiana’s coolest towns are also the quietest and friendliest, where brewers craft beers and family-owned farms create delicious gourmet cheeses.

With an abundance of great cities and neighborhoods, finding the perfect spot to settle down in Indiana isn't easy. We'll give you a head start as these cities are our picks for the best places to live in Indiana. To further narrow down your list of the best places to live in Indiana, you can also specify your search radius, population size, home/rent budget and what metrics (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing, weather) are most important to you.