Best Towns to Live in Indiana 2016

Indiana

Indiana is located in the midwestern region of the United States, and the state possesses a border along Lake Michigan. Indiana is known for both agriculture and manufacturing, with steel being one of its top areas of production. Indiana was added to the Union in 1816, and Indianapolis is its capital. If you’re hoping to find a home in the Hosier State, below are the best towns in the state.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Indiana. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Carmel 

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Located in Hamilton County, Carmel has a population of 83,474. The town has a very low poverty rate at 3.7%, and the unemployment rate is low at 3.6%. The community is benefited by its highly educated residents, with 69% of them having at least a bachelor’s degree.

#2 West Lafayette 

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West Lafayette is located in Tippecanoe County and has a population of 30,843. The unemployment rate is low at 3.6%. The town provides an urban environment and is the location of Purdue University.

#3 Bloomington

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A town in Monroe County, Bloomington has a population of 81,963. The unemployment rate here is lower that the national average at 4.9%, which is benefited by the education levels of the residents as 93% of them have at least a high school diploma.

#4 Warsaw

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Located in Kosciusko County, Warsaw has a population of 14,179. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 5.7%, and the poverty rate is below the national average at 13.8%. The town has many beautiful lakes with the biggest one being Winona Lake.

#5 Greensburg

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Greensburg is located in Decatur County, and it has a population of 12,160. The residents of Greensburg are well educated as 88% of them have at least a high school diploma. The town has a rich history with many historical sites.

#6 Batesville

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Located in Ripley County, Batesville has a population of 6,397. The unemployment rate is extremely low at 1.2%, and the poverty rate is low at 5.2%. 70.2% of the residents own their own home.

#7 Columbus 

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Columbus is located in Bartholomew County, and it has a population of 45,522. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.2%, and the community is well educated as 91% of the residents have at least a high school diploma.

#8 Lafayette

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A town in Tippecanoe County, Lafayette has a population of 69,982. For people looking to rent, the median price is below the national average at $766. The town is located on the Wabash River.

#9 Jasper

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Jasper is part of Dubois County, and it has a population of 15,177. The unemployment rate is low at 2.9%, and the poverty level is low at 7.6%, which are positive signs for town’s economy.

#10 Linton

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Located in Greene County, Linton has a population of 5,368. The home ownership here is above the national average at 65.4%. The beauty of Linton lies in the fact that it is a small community.

#11 Columbia City

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Columbia City can be found in Whitley County, and it has a population of 9,057. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 5.9%. The average rent price is $628, which is below the national average for people looking to rent in Columbia City.

#12 Goshen

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Goshen is located in Elkhart County, and it has a population of 32,297. The median home value here is $111,400. Goshen provides residents with a small urban environment.

#13 North Manchester

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A town in Wabash County, North Manchester has a population of 6,080. The town has a very low unemployment rate at 2%, which is partly due to 91% of its residents having at least a high school diploma.

 

#14 Auburn

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Auburn can be found in Dekalb County and has a population of 12,972. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 3,9%. For people looking to own a home among other home owners, 74.5% of the residents in Auburn own their home.

#15 Decatur

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Located in Adams County, Decatur has a population of 9,511. The residents of Decatur have a fairly high education level as 87% of them have at least a high school diploma. 68.4% of the residents own their home.

#16 Crawfordsville

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Crawfordsville is located in Montgomery County, and it has a population of 15,988. For people looking to rent in Crawfordsville, the median rent cost is below the national average at $658.

#17 Mishawaka

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A town in St. Joseph County, Mishawaka is home to 48,120 people. 87% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma. Mishawaka is split by the St. Joseph River for outdoor enjoyment.

#18 Portland

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Located in Jay County, Portland has a population of 6,408. The poverty rate here is below the national average at 14.9%. The Salamonie River that runs through Portland provides residents with outdoor activities.

#19 Shelbyville 

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A town in Shelby County, Shelbyville is home to 19,216 residents. The median home value in Shelbyville is #96,400. Shelbyville is thirty minutes outside of Indianapolis for people who commute into the city.

#20 Tell City

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Located in Perry County, Tell City is home to 7,251 people. The unemployment rate here is low at 3%, and the poverty rate is below the national average at 14.3%. The benefit of owning a home here is that 72.6% of the residents own their home as well.

#21 Muncie

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Muncie is located in Delaware County, and it has a population of 70,035. The median home value in Muncie is $70,400. Although a large town within itself, Muncie is located only an hour outside of Indianapolis.

#22 Plymouth

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Plymouth can be found in Marshall County, and it has a population of 10,048. The median rent price in Plymouth is $620. For residents looking to get outdoors, the Yellow River runs through the center of Plymouth.

#23 Nappanee

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Located in Elkhart County, Nappanee is home to 6,639 people. The community benefits from a 4.2% unemployment rate and a 10.7% poverty rate, which are both below the national average.

#24 La Porte 

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La Porte is located in La Porte County and has a population of 22,153. The median rent cost for residents in La Porte is $654. The town benefits from its many lakes with the largest one being Pine Lake.

#25 Angola

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Located in Steuben County, Angola has a population of 8,610. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 6.1%. For residents seeking an education opportunity, Trine University is located in Angola.

#26 Garrett

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A town in Dekalb County, Garrett has a population of 6,213. The unemployment rate here is 5.6%, which is below the national average. The town benefits from its educated populace as 87% of them have at least a high school diploma.

#27 Peru

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Peru is located in Miami County, and it has a population of 11,199. For people looking to rent, the median rent price in Peru is $595. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, the Wabash River runs through Peru.

#28 Bedford

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Located in Lawrence County, Bedford is home to 13,384 people. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 5.8%. The town is located just outside of Hoosier National Forest for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#29 Huntington

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A town in Huntington County, Huntington has a population of 17,284. The median home value in Huntington is $75,700, and 66.1% of the residents own their home. The town is benefited by its location on both the Little River and the Wabash River.

#30 Terre Haute 

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Terre Haute can be found in Vigo County and has a population of 61,040. The unemployment rate here is 5.8%, which is below the national average. Terre Haute is home to Indiana State University.

#31 Martinsville 

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Martinsville is located in Morgan County, and it has a population of 11,756. The median home value in Martinsville is $92,300. The town is less than an hour from Indianapolis for residents who commute into the city.

#32 Mount Vernon

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Located in Posey County, Mount Vernon has a population of 6,607. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4%, and 88% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. For people looking to purchase a home in Mount Vernon, 71.8% of the residents own their home.

#33 Lowell

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Lowell can be found in Lake County, and it has a population of 9,347. The town has a poverty rate of 8.9% and an unemployment rate of 6%, which are both below the national average. The median household income is above the national average at $61,933, a positive sign for the town’s economy.

#34 Washington

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A town in Daviess County, Washington has a population of 11,758. The median rent here is well below the national average at $571. The town has a rich history with many historical sites to commemorate that history.

#35 Lawrenceburg 

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Located in Dearborn County, Lawrenceburg has a population of 5,022. The median home value here is $131,700, and the median rent is $684. The town is located on the Ohio River just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.

#36 Rensselaer

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Located in Jasper County, Rensselaer has a population of 5,787. The unemployment rate here is extremely low at 1.8%, and the town is the location of St. Joseph’s College, adding to the community’s appeal.

#37 Kokomo

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Kokomo can be found in Howard County, and it has a population of 56,958. 87% of the residents in Kokomo have at least a high school diploma. Kokomo is known for its innovations in the automobile industry.

#38 Seymour

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Located in Jackson County, Seymour has a population of 18,686. The town has an unemployment rate of 6.2%, which is below the national average. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, Seymour is located between the East Fork White River and the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge.

#39 Anderson

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Anderson can be found in Madison County, and it has a population of 55,789. For renters, the median rent in Anderson is $691, which is below the national average. The town is located just outside Indianapolis for residents who commute into the city.

#40 Tipton

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Tipton is located in Tipton County and has a population of 5,288. Tipton has an unemployment rate of 4.1% and a poverty rate of 13%, which are both below the national average and are positive signs for the town’s economy.

#41 Hartford City

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Located in Blackford County, Hartford has a population of 6,166. For people looking to own a home among home owners, 71.9% of the residents in Hartford own their home.

#42 North Vernon

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A town in Jennings County, North Vernon is home to 6,736 people. The median home value here is $79,500, and the median rent is $656. The town is located near both state and national parks for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#43 Marion

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Marion can be found in Grant County, and it has a population of 29,403. The unemployment rate here is below the national average at 6.1%. Marion is located between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, two of the largest cities in Indiana.

#44 Elwood

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Located in Madison County, Elwood has a population of 8,569. Elwood has an unemployment rate of 6%, which is below the national average. This is a small community where residents interact with their neighbors.

#45 Scottsburg

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Scottsburg is located in Scott County, and it has a population of 6,700. The median rent here is $666. Scottsburg has many lakes and parks for activities outside.

#46 Gary

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A town in Lake County, Gary has a population of 79,165. The median home value in Gary is $65,500. Gary has the benefit of being located on Lake Michigan.

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