Carmel repeats at top of Niche ranking of ‘Best Place to Live in America’


Carmel has been named the “Best Place to Live in America” for the second year in a row by Niche, a website that helps users connect with neighborhoods and schools that may be a good fit.

Niche considered quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics and more in compiling its rankings. It used data from the U.S. Census, FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics and more. The list aims to provide an assessment of the overall livability in each city.

“Our goals is to make (Carmel) one of the best places anywhere to live,” Carmel Mayor Jim Brianard said. “When you get that validation from a national organization, it’s wonderful.”

Brainard said receiving the top ranking is worth “probably tens of millions of dollars” in free advertising for the city and helps it attract top-quality employers.

Rounding out the top five are Chesterbrook, Penn., Clarendon Hills, Ill., Richmond Heights, Mo., and Okemos, Mich.