The 10 Best Counties To Live In Indiana For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Indiana have the most for people looking to make the move to Indiana.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best counties to live in Indiana.

Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Indiana a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes... if you know where to locate the best places to live in Indiana.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Hoosier State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn't our first rodeo -- we've been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Indiana, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 92 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Hoosier State for 2021.

Hamilton County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Indiana. And you might want to avoid Fayette County if you can -- at least according to the data.

So if you're thinking of making the move Indiana, we've got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Indiana and the cheapest places to live in Indiana.

The Best Counties To Live In Indiana For 2021

1. Hamilton County

Carmel, IN

Biggest Place: Carmel

Population: 323,117
Median Income: $98,173 (best)
Median Home Price: $263,300.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 275.3% (9th best)
More on Hamilton County: PhotosData

2. Boone County

Lebanon, IN

Biggest Place: Zionsville

Population: 65,544
Median Income: $83,077 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $233,700.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 192.1% (3rd best)
More on Boone County: PhotosData

3. Warrick County

Boonville, IN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Boonville

Population: 62,280
Median Income: $73,482 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $168,200.0 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 331.9% (2best)
More on Warrick County: PhotosData

4. Hendricks County

Danville, IN

Biggest Place: Plainfield

Population: 163,799
Median Income: $81,933 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $191,700.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 360.5% (26th best)
More on Hendricks County: PhotosData

5. Hancock County

Cumberland, IN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Greenfield

Population: 75,164
Median Income: $74,072 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $169,300.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 247.2% (6th best)
More on Hancock County: PhotosData

6. Johnson County

Edinburgh, IN

Biggest Place: Greenwood

Population: 153,716
Median Income: $72,440 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $164,600.0 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 334.7% (22nd best)
More on Johnson County: PhotosData

7. Porter County

Chesterton, IN

Biggest Place: Portage

Population: 168,636
Median Income: $71,152 (7th best)
Median Home Price: $185,400.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 436.6% (52nd best)
More on Porter County: PhotosData

8. Wells County

Bluffton, IN

Biggest Place: Bluffton

Population: 28,011
Median Income: $59,237 (24th best)
Median Home Price: $127,600.0 (43rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 283.8% (11th best)
More on Wells County: PhotosData

9. Dearborn County

Aurora, IN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Bright

Population: 49,479
Median Income: $68,658 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $170,400.0 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 371.8% (33rd best)
More on Dearborn County: PhotosData

10. Dubois County

Huntingburg, IN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Jasper

Population: 42,543
Median Income: $60,666 (20th best)
Median Home Price: $156,500.0 (16th best)
Unemployment Rate: 197.1% (4th best)
More on Dubois County: PhotosData

How do you determine which Indiana county is the best?

To give you the best county in Indiana, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what's a "best county" and what isn't. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you'd make at a bar using facts, don't take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Indiana across each of the criteria from one to 92, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the "Best County To Live In Indiana".

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Hoosier State.

Read on to see why Hamilton County is the best county, while Fayette County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Indiana.

There You Have It - The Best Counties In Indiana To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Indiana can vary from one part of the state to the next -- who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that's why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here's a look at the worst counties in Indiana according to the data:

  1. Fayette County
  2. Wayne County
  3. Switzerland County

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Indiana

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Hamilton County 1 323,117 $98,173 $263,300.0
Boone County 2 65,544 $83,077 $233,700.0
Warrick County 3 62,280 $73,482 $168,200.0
Hendricks County 4 163,799 $81,933 $191,700.0
Hancock County 5 75,164 $74,072 $169,300.0
Johnson County 6 153,716 $72,440 $164,600.0
Porter County 7 168,636 $71,152 $185,400.0
Wells County 8 28,011 $59,237 $127,600.0
Dearborn County 9 49,479 $68,658 $170,400.0
Dubois County 10 42,543 $60,666 $156,500.0
Posey County 11 25,560 $64,196 $144,200.0
Floyd County 12 77,320 $64,468 $171,400.0
Ohio County 13 5,874 $60,128 $151,200.0
Franklin County 14 22,774 $62,462 $160,200.0
Spencer County 15 20,447 $57,305 $127,700.0
Jasper County 16 33,447 $63,892 $159,700.0
Steuben County 17 34,453 $58,279 $148,800.0
Whitley County 18 33,730 $61,741 $143,100.0
Tipton County 19 15,162 $58,118 $116,000.0
Gibson County 20 33,656 $55,462 $116,100.0
Warren County 21 8,237 $60,553 $122,100.0
Brown County 22 15,064 $61,030 $191,700.0
Decatur County 23 26,562 $57,949 $134,400.0
Putnam County 24 37,384 $61,047 $128,800.0
Shelby County 25 44,438 $60,404 $133,200.0
Martin County 26 10,212 $52,726 $117,100.0
Montgomery County 27 38,287 $55,522 $125,700.0
Lagrange County 28 39,193 $64,498 $195,900.0
Bartholomew County 29 82,481 $63,431 $153,500.0
Clark County 30 116,507 $55,630 $142,800.0
Noble County 31 47,506 $56,789 $125,800.0
Perry County 32 19,102 $52,348 $111,500.0
Morgan County 33 69,922 $64,335 $160,700.0
Dekalb County 34 42,927 $56,421 $124,300.0
Huntington County 35 36,359 $53,632 $107,200.0
Clay County 36 26,234 $55,637 $101,400.0
Harrison County 37 39,940 $57,712 $151,900.0
Carroll County 38 20,074 $54,806 $131,700.0
Monroe County 39 146,461 $49,839 $175,600.0
Tippecanoe County 40 191,553 $53,130 $153,000.0
Kosciusko County 41 79,035 $61,366 $150,000.0
Allen County 42 372,575 $54,857 $129,300.0
Lawrence County 43 45,548 $53,610 $117,400.0
Union County 44 7,113 $50,375 $116,300.0
Lake County 45 485,707 $56,128 $149,500.0
Jennings County 46 27,710 $54,191 $109,800.0
Jefferson County 47 32,201 $52,718 $132,900.0
Laporte County 48 110,154 $53,658 $132,600.0
Vanderburgh County 49 181,291 $49,708 $129,000.0
Ripley County 50 28,391 $56,332 $152,100.0
Jackson County 51 44,025 $51,250 $125,300.0
St. Joseph County 52 270,216 $52,769 $129,000.0
Pike County 53 12,378 $50,194 $93,400.0
Howard County 54 82,331 $52,373 $109,500.0
White County 55 24,149 $54,576 $113,500.0
Wabash County 56 31,389 $54,259 $100,500.0
Marshall County 57 46,461 $52,658 $138,700.0
Fountain County 58 16,430 $52,874 $103,000.0
Vermillion County 59 15,539 $50,243 $79,700.0
Jay County 60 20,840 $47,658 $91,400.0
Elkhart County 61 204,558 $57,021 $144,300.0
Newton County 62 13,992 $55,356 $118,400.0
Daviess County 63 33,120 $53,629 $130,000.0
Clinton County 64 32,273 $54,286 $111,500.0
Marion County 65 951,869 $48,316 $136,700.0
Benton County 66 8,677 $49,488 $92,500.0
Starke County 67 22,952 $51,190 $115,500.0
Henry County 68 48,255 $49,832 $100,400.0
Pulaski County 69 12,559 $49,580 $102,700.0
Madison County 70 129,455 $49,522 $97,300.0
Greene County 71 32,159 $51,613 $97,600.0
Knox County 72 37,065 $47,380 $96,800.0
Blackford County 73 12,013 $43,505 $70,600.0
Fulton County 74 20,096 $52,034 $103,600.0
Adams County 75 35,376 $52,504 $129,300.0
Rush County 76 16,641 $54,346 $112,600.0
Sullivan County 77 20,730 $50,245 $86,000.0
Orange County 78 19,545 $47,917 $94,700.0
Grant County 79 66,452 $44,356 $92,700.0
Washington County 80 27,848 $47,983 $118,100.0
Crawford County 81 10,569 $41,662 $91,900.0
Vigo County 82 107,459 $45,230 $97,500.0
Scott County 83 23,759 $48,700 $103,000.0
Delaware County 84 115,020 $43,512 $93,600.0
Miami County 85 35,815 $50,657 $88,700.0
Owen County 86 20,835 $49,543 $117,600.0
Cass County 87 37,880 $49,415 $89,300.0
Randolph County 88 24,926 $48,036 $81,200.0
Parke County 89 16,946 $52,618 $88,900.0
Switzerland County 90 10,685 $49,383 $116,400.0
Wayne County 91 66,342 $46,516 $100,500.0
Fayette County 92 23,194 $46,175 $81,900.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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