Carmel ranks at top for livability

The glass plaque given to Mayor Jim Brainard in recognition of Carmel being a top-ranking city for livability. (Submitted photo)

The glass plaque given to Mayor Jim Brainard in recognition of Carmel being a top-ranking city for livability. (Submitted photo)

Carmel is no stranger to making its way onto national rankings for cities its size. Recently, Carmel was honored with high rankings on several websites for livability, raising a family and getting a job.


A website called ranked Carmel first among towns to raise a family. It based the U.S. towns ranking on factors such as school ratings, crime rates, age demographics and access to affordable housing and childcare.

Crime/safety and education were both weighted most heavily at 20 percent each. Access to libraries, community involvement, home prices, number of residents 35 to 44 and number of residents 0 to 9 were all ranked 10 percent each. Access to day cares and access to grocery stores were ranked 5 percent each.

  • Carmel, Indina
  • San Ramon, California
  • Redmond, Washington
  • Snoqualmie, Washington
  • Cupertino, California
  • Brandon, South Dakota
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Newton, Massachusetts
  • Mountain View, California
  • Pleasanton, California


A website called ranked Carmel fourth for best cities for families.

The site states: “Life is especially sweet for children living in Carmel, Ind. Their well-educated and relatively affluent parents put a great deal of emphasis on making sure they have certain advantages. These include top-rated schools, excellent community programs, safe neighborhoods and many recreational amenities. Progressive city leaders have positioned Carmel among the most desired locations in the country for young families.”

1. Overland Park, Kansas

2. Plano, Texas

3. Holland, Michigan

4. Carmel, Indiana

5. Leesburg, Virginia

6. Chandler, Arizona

7. Naperville, Illinois

8. Bentonville, Arkansas

9. Rockville, Maryland

10. St. George, Utah


Another website, called Zippia, ranked all of the 78 cities in Indiana to find the best place to get a job and Carmel ranked on top. Interesting enough, four neighboring communities – Fishers, Westfield, Zionsville and Noblesville – ranked right behind Carmel.

The rankings were based on the following factors: unemployment rate, recent job growth, future job growth, income tax and median household income.




4. Zionsville

5. Noblesville

6. Columbus

7. Lebanon

8. New Haven

9. Jasper

10. Avon


The Carmel Arts & Design District was recognized with a U.S. Conference of Mayors award for outstanding leadership in support of urban livability. The City Livability Awards are sponsored by Waste Management, Inc., and The USCM. An independent panel of judges selected the award winning cities and the honorees were announced at the annual conference in late June in San Francisco.


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