Best Places to Live

Carmel, IN

Population: 94,151
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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

Carmel, IN Ranking Data

Civic
89
Demographics
36
Economy
33
Education
50
Health
73
Housing
63
Infrastructure
23