With family moving season at its peak and Indiana boasting the sixth lowest state unemployment rate and the ninth lowest cost of living in the U.S., the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report identifying 2017’s Best Places to Live in Indiana for Families.

To determine the most suitable places to put down roots in the Hoosier State, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 70 cities in the state across 21 key indicators of family-friendliness, ranging from median family income to school-system quality to housing affordability.

Top 20 Indiana Cities for Raising a Family

1 Carmel 11 Granger
2 Fishers 12 St. John
3 Westfield 13 West Lafayette
4 Zionsville 14 Chesterton
5 Avon 15 Columbus
6 Jasper 16 Yorktown
7 Noblesville 17 Washington
8 Brownsburg 18 Greenwood
9 Plainfield 19 Greenfield
10 Auburn 20 Fort Wayne

Best vs. Worst

  • Carmel has the most playgrounds per 100,000 residents, 18, which is 18 times more than in Evansville, the city with the fewest at one.
  • Dyer has the fewest violent crimes per 1,000 residents, 0.12, which is 122.8 times fewer than in Elkhart, the city with the most at 14.74.
  • Zionsville has the highest median annual family income (adjusted for cost of living), $117,979, which is 3.7 times higher than in East Chicago, the city with the lowest at $31,939.
  • Granger has the lowest separation and divorce rate, 8.26 percent, which is 4.7 times lower than in Gary, the city with the highest at 38.99 percent.
  • Zionsville has the lowest share of families receiving food stamps, 1.42 percent, which is 31.7 times lower than in East Chicago, the city with the highest at 44.95 percent.

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POSTED: 08/28/17 at 8:29 am. FILED UNDER: Entertainment, News