Carmel, Indiana was ranked as the number one best place to live in America for cities with a population of 50,000 – 300,000 by Money Magazine. They selected communities based on a combination of strong job opportunities, the variety of leisure and cultural activities available, great schools, low crime and quality health care . Data from Onboard Informatics and other sources was also collected. Visits to the communities were also a key factor in making decisions about the top cities.
Money Magazine first contacted Carmel in June to start collecting data about the City. Shortly thereafter a reporter was sent to Carmel to interview families in the community and Mayor Jim Brainard. In July, photographers came to get pictures of the community and families that live here.
“We are extremely pleased and honored that Money Magazine recognized Carmel as the best place to live in America. With amenities such as City Center, The Center for The Performing Arts, the Arts & Design District and Central Park we were able to move into the number one spot from ranking 14th in 2010. We improved our ranking because many of our initiatives that were under construction then are now complete and being enjoyed by the community. I am especially pleased that the team from Money Magazine took into account the opinions expressed by the families they interviewed who told them how much they enjoy living in Carmel. While this is a tremendous honor, it is not a time to sit back and rest on our laurels, but rather a time to take advantage of this rare opportunity to capitalize on this great story and use it to our advantage in our economic development efforts to attract top level employees and businesses , ” said Mayor Jim Brainard.
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