Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Indiana have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for families in Indiana.

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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 2020.

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 11,000 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 43 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 2020? Drum roll... the number one best place for families in The Hoosier State is Chesterton 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:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2020

Chesterton, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,899
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 36.1%
More on Chesterton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chesterton is a town in Westchester, Jackson and Liberty townships of Porter County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. The population was 13,068 at the 2010 census. The three towns of Chesterton, Burns Harbor, and Porter are known as the tri-towns or the Duneland area.

Franklin, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,813
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 34.3%
More on Franklin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Franklin is a city in Johnson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 23,712 at the 2010 census. Located about 20 miles south of Indianapolis, the city is the county seat of Johnson County. The site of Franklin College, the city attracts numerous regional sports fans for the college teams, as well as audiences for its art events.

Crawfordsville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,053
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 69
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 30.9%
More on Crawfordsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crawfordsville is a city in Union Township, Montgomery County, in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 15,915. The city is the county seat of Montgomery County. It is home to Wabash College, which was ranked by Forbes as #12 in the United States for undergraduate studies in 2008.

Jeffersonville, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 47,175
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Louisville
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on Jeffersonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jeffersonville is a city in Clark County, Indiana, along the Ohio River. Locally, the city is often referred to by the abbreviated name Jeff. It is directly across the Ohio River to the north of Louisville, Kentucky, along I-65. The population was 44,953 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Clark County.

Westfield, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,769
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 48.4%
More on Westfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Westfield is a city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 30,068, and in 2016 the estimated population was 37,221. Westfield is in the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area.

Carmel, IN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 90,163
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 39.3%
More on Carmel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Carmel is a suburban city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States, located immediately north of Indianapolis. It has been one of the fastest-growing communities in the country. In 2012, Carmel was selected as the "Best Place to Live in the United States" by CNN Money magazine, and received the same designation by Niche.com in 2017. The population was 79,191 as of the 2010 and was estimated to be 91,065 in 2016 by the US Census Bureau, making it the fifth-largest city in Indiana.

Valparaiso, IN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 32,916
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 27.5%
More on Valparaiso: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Valparaiso is a city and the county seat of Porter County, Indiana, United States. The population was 31,730 at the 2010 census.

Noblesville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 61,558
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 42.1%
More on Noblesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Noblesville is a city in, and the county seat of, Hamilton County, Indiana, United States, located just north of Indianapolis. The population was 51,969 at the 2010 census making it the 14th largest city/town in the state, up from 19th in 2007. As of 2016 the estimated population was 60,183. The city is part of Delaware, Fall Creek, Noblesville, and Wayne townships.

Crown Point, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,368
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 30.8%
More on Crown Point: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crown Point is a city in and the county seat of Lake County, Indiana, United States. The population was 27,317 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated in 1868. On October 31, 1834, Solon Robinson and his family became the first settlers to an area that later became Crown Point. Because of its location, Crown Point is known as the "Hub of Lake County".

Frankfort, IN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,186
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 34.3%
More on Frankfort: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Frankfort is a city in Clinton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 16,422 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Clinton County.

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 11,000 people. For Indiana, that meant a total of 43 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - 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:

  1. Mishawaka
  2. Hobart
  3. Indianapolis

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Where Are The Best Places For Families In Indiana?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Chesterton, IN 13,899 54
2 Franklin, IN 24,813 42
3 Crawfordsville, IN 16,053 71
4 Jeffersonville, IN 47,175 39
5 Westfield, IN 37,769 59
6 Carmel, IN 90,163 37
7 Valparaiso, IN 32,916 57
8 Noblesville, IN 61,558 52
9 Crown Point, IN 29,368 42
10 Frankfort, IN 16,186 59

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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0 thoughts on “Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2020

  1. I’m surprised that Newburgh wasn’t on the list. It us a very nice riverside town with several houses over a million dollars. Great schools and a golf course that has been as high as 37 on the best golf courses in America. Jobs are plentiful and crime is low. It is a suburb of Evansville.

  2. You don’t really use any education stats except number of colleges in a town. For most families, the quality of the schools is a primary factor. Brownsburg schools consistently outperform the rest of the state even though our percentage of families receiving free lunches is higher than other communities. Housing is also much more affordable than in some communities that you rank higher.

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