The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2021


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.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021.

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 12,000 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 34 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 2021? 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:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Indiana For 2021

Zionsville, IN

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Population: 27,463
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 44.0%
More on Zionsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chesterton, IN

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Population: 14,119
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 37.7%
More on Chesterton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Franklin, IN

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Population: 25,106
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 34.8%
More on Franklin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Westfield, IN

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6
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Population: 39,610
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 46.1%
More on Westfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Carmel, IN

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10
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Population: 97,464
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 38.3%
More on Carmel: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crown Point, IN

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9
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Population: 29,850
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 31.4%
More on Crown Point: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Noblesville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 63,071
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 41.0%
More on Noblesville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Jeffersonville, IN

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7
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Population: 47,673
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Louisville
Households with kids: 30.7%
More on Jeffersonville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Crawfordsville, IN

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Population: 16,090
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 29.8%
More on Crawfordsville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brownsburg, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 26,046
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 31
Closest Major City: Indianapolis
Households with kids: 43.1%
More on Brownsburg: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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 12,000 people. For Indiana, that meant a total of 34 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. Evansville
  2. Lafayette
  3. Hobart

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Indiana?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Zionsville, IN 27,463 39
2 Chesterton, IN 14,119 50
3 Franklin, IN 25,106 55
4 Westfield, IN 39,610 54
5 Carmel, IN 97,464 60
6 Crown Point, IN 29,850 42
7 Noblesville, IN 63,071 36
8 Jeffersonville, IN 47,673 69
9 Crawfordsville, IN 16,090 54
10 Brownsburg, IN 26,046 56

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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.

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