Carmel 89 Exceptional
Carmel Livability #6 ranked city in Indiana#265 ranked city in the USARanks better than 99% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Carmel Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Carmel Cost of Living Cost of living is 26% higher than Indiana
11212% more expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carmel cost of living
A+ Carmel Crime Total crime is 67% lower than Indiana
Total crime
70370% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 14370% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-20%Year over year crime is down
Carmel crime
A Carmel Employment Household income is 111% higher than Indiana
Median household income
$106,54693% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$54,17882% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%49% lower than the US average
Carmel employment
C Carmel Housing Home value is 142% higher than Indiana
Median home value
$306,50066% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,13219% higher than the US average
Home ownership
78%22% higher than the US average
Carmel real estate or Carmel rentals
A+ Carmel Schools HS graduation rate is 17% higher than Indiana
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
74%54% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:138% higher than the US average
Carmel K-12 schools
B Carmel User Ratings There are a total of 26 ratings in Carmel
Overall user rating
73% 26 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
72% 25 total surveys
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      Living in Carmel, IN

      Located in the state of Indiana, Carmel is a mid-sized city with a population of 86,940 people. According to the most recent Census, 85% of Carmel residents are White, 10% Asian and 3% Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Carmel might be a good fit as 87% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 51% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Carmel, Indiana could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Carmel, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, education, employment and more.

      Carmel has a livability score of 86/100 and is ranked #3 in Indiana and #216 in the USA. Compared to the US average, Carmel ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Carmel also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! Based on the grades for each individual category, Carmel has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A). The bad news for Carmel, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F) and weather (D).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Carmel, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Carmel: Monon Trail, Monon Waterpark, and The Center for the Performing Arts.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Carmel gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 18 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Carmel have a test score average of 87%, which is well above the US average.

      Carmel real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Carmel. The median home price for Carmel homes is $306,500, which is 142.3% higher than the Indiana average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Carmel, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 16% higher than the Indiana average. Real estate appreciation rates in Carmel are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Carmel homes comes in at 7.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 4.7%.

      Carmel transportation information

      Average one way commute24min23min26min
      Workers who drive to work83.0%83.0%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.7%8.9%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.2%1.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%0.5%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.8%2.1%2.8%
      Working from home7.7%3.5%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Carmel, IN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).