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Best Places To Live In Indiana 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score86
  • 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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  • 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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  • Batesville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,417
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  • St. John, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,777
  • I have lived in St. John, Indiana all of my life and would never even consider living anywhere else! People here are friendly and personable which is really great! There's all kinds of fun things to do
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  • Brownsburg, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,072
  • I imagine living in Brownsburg, Indiana is similar to most typical suburban areas. Located in a safe, middle class to high class area, Brownsburg is known for having one of the best school systems in the
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  • Westfield, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,284
  • The one thing I don’t like about living in Westfield, there’s not much to do, though cools summers make up for it. If you have gets, I would say that that’s a great reason to move here as the school
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  • Auburn, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,758
  • I have lived in Auburn for a little over 3 years and my family and I have so far enjoyed living in Auburn, Indiana. We relocated back to Auburn from Indianapolis in order to be closer to family and it
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  • Tell City, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,313
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  • Zionsville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,709
  • A little northwest of Indianapolis sits Zionsville. It's a small, affluent city that I am pleased to have been calling home for five years now. It's close to the big city but still has everything you
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  • Jasper, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,790
  • Jasper, Indiana is the place that I currently call home. Living in Jasper, Indiana has been a good experience for myself. The rent here for apartments and single family homes is reasonable and is
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  • Granger, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,819
  • I've been living in Granger for a number of years and if you like quiet towns that time has almost left behind, this is the place for you. Located in Northern Indiana close to the border with Michigan,
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  • New Whiteland, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,814
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  • Crown Point, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,743
  • The thing about Crown Point is it’s a small tone fit for photo opportunities. It has a quaint small town square, countless restaurants and shopping in addition to a hub for town evens. The city is great
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  • Decatur, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,384
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  • Plainfield, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,318
  • I have enjoyed living in Plainfield, Indiana over the last 7 years and I would recommend my small town to anyone as a great place of residence. Plainview, Indiana has a small-town feel and all my
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  • Bargersville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,824
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  • Dyer, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,133
  • Living in Dyer, so close to Chicago, has all the perks of a big city without the hassle of living right in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. Life here is good; it is definitely one of the best
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  • Munster, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,103
  • The beauty about living in Munster, Indiana is it's reputation for its Urban Lifestyle! The town provides lots of opportunity for shopping, is only about 45 minutes from Chicago, located not too far from
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  • Beech Grove, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,319
  • While there really is not much to do in Beech Grove, Indiana, there are some great surrounding areas including downtown Indianapolis and Fountain Square. The crime and poverty level is very low. On top
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  • Winona Lake, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,129
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lakes of the Four Seasons, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,932
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  • Speedway, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,145
  • I had an incredible experience while living in Speedway Indiana. The city is nestled in Marion County. Speedway is close to Meridian Hills Indiana. This area is well known for its Indianapolis Motor
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  • Chesterton, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,912
  • I love living in Chesterton. It's a good place to raise your family and a good location. My oldest child attends Chesterton High School but there are also two private schools in Chesterton. My youngest
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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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  • 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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  • Franklin, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,021
  • The best part about living in Franklin, Indiana is the historic atmosphere of Downtown Franklin. Walking downtown, there are some of the cutest boutiques, restaurants, and historic sightings including
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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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  • Columbia City, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,324
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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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  • Schererville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,899
  • Living in Schererville, close knite community, it’s a small town outside of a major city. It was a nice place to grow up, but there’s nothing to really do outside of a few good restaurants, decent
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  • McCordsville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,924
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  • Sellersburg, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,722
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  • Nappanee, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,767
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  • Winfield, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,233
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  • Greensburg, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,107
  • I've been living in Greensburg for 7 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and the quaint neighborhoods that have provided a retreat for my family to enjoy friendly neighbors and down-home
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  • Greenfield, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,380
  • Living in Greenfield, Indiana is a content, small suburb right outside the city of Indianapolis. Depending on the time of year, Greenfield has a couple big attractions that brings in outsiders including
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  • Madison, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,045
  • I've been living in Madison Indiana for the last 8 years and have enjoyed the time with my wife and 3 kids in this small town that has very friendly people and the neighborhoods are safe and nice for me
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  • Bedford, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,341
  • I've been living in Bedford for 3 years and my family and I have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and the friendly people in this small town in Indiana. There are lots of shops to choose from however to
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  • Lowell, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,423
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  • Dunlap, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,206
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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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  • Greenwood, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 54,564
  • My grandparents lived in Greenwood after their retirement. I stayed with them for two years during my high school days. The main reason for my grandparents to move there was because of the beautiful
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  • Rochester, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,110
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  • Boonville, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,186
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  • Portland, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,225
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  • Lawrence, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 47,415
  • This gal here was born and raised in Lawrence, Indiana and now I am happily raising my own daughter here. This city is an amazing place to live. There are so many bonuses about living here that make me
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  • Frankfort, IN
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,447
  • I am currently calling Frankfort, Indiana home and I enjoy this place. It is conveniently located to several larger cities, including Indianapolis. If you can’t find what you need here, then you can

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.