Best Places to Live

Carmel, IN

Population: 94,151

Located north of Indianapolis, Carmel has a diverse population of more than 90,000 residents. It has everything a growing family could want, from award-winning schools to an affordable cost of living and safe neighborhoods. Job growth is strong and wages are high, making Carmel the perfect place to launch your future. As a hub for art and design, Carmel also offers plenty of opportunities for you to get in touch with your creative side.

Top Industries and Employers: Insurance, finance and healthcare are some of the largest industries in Carmel.

Best Coffee Shop: Named for the owners’ Daschund, Indie Coffee Roasters is the perfect place to grab a cup of joe. They also offer hands-on coffee classes.

Best Local Beer/Brewery: Union Brewing Company is a local favorite hangout spot with tons of outdoor seating, tasty cask-conditioned ales and lots of friendly dogs.

Must-Have Meal: A tenderloin from Dooley O’Tooles, cut daily by Joe's Butcher Shop.

Best Co-Working Space: Serendipity Labs, which offers monthly memberships short-term working space with premium amenities.

Best Meetup Spot (When Meeting Up Is a Thing Again): 3UP Rooftop Bar, which has great cocktails and small plates, plus views of the city.

Creative Hub: The Arts & Design District in Old Town Carmel, where you’ll find art galleries, showrooms, interior designers and tons of artsy events.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Stop by the Carmel Farmers Market for fresh flowers and other goodies, followed by brunch at Eggshell Bistro.

Free Way to Have Fun: Biking the Monon Trail, which spans 27 miles and passes near tons of restaurants, shopping, coffee shops and more to explore along the way.

Local Dream Job: Who wouldn’t want to be an accomplished chocolatier like Joann Hofer, the brains behind Xchocol'Art? She’s a true artist who makes incredible passion fruit caramels, blueberry truffles and whiskey truffles.

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- Sarah Kuta

"Carmel is a great place to live because it offers so many opportunities for people who are looking for their first home (or apartment) right out of college; or those who are looking for a career change; those looking to raise a family ... and even those who are 'empty nesters' looking for a community that meets all their needs."

Dan McFeely
Economic Development and Community Relations, City of Carmel

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