Best Places to Live

Carmel, IN

Population: 85,367
Photo courtesy of the City of Carmel

Carmel always takes us by surprise because you’d never expect one of the least affordable cities on this list to be in Indiana – but it is. The Indianapolis suburb is booming, in the top 10 for jobs, growth in high wage jobs, the number of creative class workers, and safety; and in the top 5 for culture and arts. We’ve named Carmel a Top 10 Best City for Families twice, meaning it may not be the best place for millennial entrepreneurs – unless you’re on the older end of the generation and ready to settle down. The housing price tag also reflects this more established area, as the median home price is $297,000.