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You can 'wander Indiana' or you can just take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of best places for families for 2022.
We suggest you do the latter because there are some dangerous places at The Crossroads of America that you should definitely avoid; and two HomeSnacks has taken the guessing out of that search and consulted the latest US Census on places in this Midwest state with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors including crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 25 family friendly Indiana places that any family would be lucky to call home.
Now, it's not lost on us that some of Indiana's safest places and wealthiest places are also Indiana's most family friendly. There should be no limits one should go to to protect their family and Indiana's most family friendly cities have those limits in place; and sometimes, that comes at a cost.
All seriousness aside, our research discovered that Indiana is a pretty cool state with some pretty cool family friendly activities. You can have your family at the zoo in Indianapolis and at a Lake Michigan beach in Portage all in the same weekend. We call that an Indiana win!
Want to know where else your family will always win in Indiana? Take a look below at Indiana's best of the best places for families to live.
When you choose to live in one of Indiana's' best places for families, you are choosing to live where you can keep your family safe, happy, and healthy. You are choosing to live where your Indiana salary will go the furthest for your family. And that, Hoosiers, makes perfect sense.
So, what's the best place for families to live in Indiana for 2022? Drum roll... the number one best place for families in The Hoosier State is Zionsville based on the most recent Census data.
To see how your favorite place in Indiana compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.
Check out some more reading about Indiana and the best places for families in the country:
- Best Places To Live In Indiana
- Cheapest Places To Live In Indiana
- Best Cities To Raise A Family In America
- Best States To Raise A Family In America
The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2022
Methodology: How do you determine which place is best for families in Indiana anyways?
To give you the places in Indiana which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.
So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.
How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Hoosier State
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Indiana, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:
- Crime (Both violent and property)
- Quality of local schools
- Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
- % of households with children
- Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)
We then gave each city a Family Score.
The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Indiana, that meant a total of 25 cities. You can download the data here.
Summary: The Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana
If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Indiana ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.
Here's a look at the best cities for singles Indiana according to the data:
- South Bend
For more Indiana reading, check out:
- Cheapest Places To Live In Indiana
- Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana
- Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana
Where Are The Best Places For Families In Indiana?
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