The 10 Best Indianapolis Suburbs To Live In For 2022


We analyzed over 33 places around Indianapolis to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Indianapolis suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Indianapolis are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Indianapolis for 2022:

  1. Carmel
  2. Zionsville
  3. New Palestine
  4. Pittsboro
  5. Westfield
  6. Cumberland
  7. Noblesville
  8. Brownsburg
  9. Cicero
  10. McCordsville

What's the best suburb of Indianapolis? Carmel ranks as the best suburb of Indianapolis for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Carmel, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Indianapolis 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Indiana:

The 10 Best Indianapolis Suburbs To Live For 2022

Carmel is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Indianapolis area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Carmel."

Everyone here is rich; families average $115,109 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Indianapolis region. And only 2.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $352,400 each.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 99,130
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $115,109
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Carmel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carmel, IN

Zionsville is the second best 'burb we looked at near Indianapolis for 2022.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.64% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 28,035
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $137,265
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Zionsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Zionsville, IN

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Here in New Palestine, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Indianapolis metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in New Palestine.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,456
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $81,131
Unemployment Rate: 0.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.7%
More on New Palestine: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Palestine, IN

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Pittsboro ranks as the 4th best suburb of Indianapolis for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Pittsboro and the schools are some of the best around.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,518
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $97,170
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.3%
More on Pittsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pittsboro, IN

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Coming in as the fifth best is Westfield.

Westfield gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Indianapolis area, where houses sell for an average of $281,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 41,652
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $99,855
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Westfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westfield, IN

Cumberland is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.19% which is 8th best in the area.

According to online reports, Cumberland is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Indianapolis area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,840
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $67,241
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on Cumberland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cumberland, IN

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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Noblesville.

Noblesville schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 19.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 64,430
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $85,314
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Noblesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Noblesville, IN

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Brownsburg is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 6.09% of people lack insurance, good for 16th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 26,560
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $89,089
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Brownsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brownsburg, IN

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Is 'Everything Better In Cicero?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,921
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $62,378
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 8.4%
More on Cicero: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is McCordsville.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,237
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Median Income: $93,779
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Mccordsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mccordsville, IN

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Indianapolis for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Indianapolis was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Indianapolis.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 33 suburbs to evaluate around Indianapolis.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 33 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Indianapolis." We're lookin' at you, Carmel. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Indianapolis 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Indianapolis, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Indianapolis Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Carmel, IN 99,130 $115,109
2 Zionsville, IN 28,035 $137,265
3 New Palestine, IN 2,456 $81,131
4 Pittsboro, IN 3,518 $97,170
5 Westfield, IN 41,652 $99,855
6 Cumberland, IN 5,840 $67,241
7 Noblesville, IN 64,430 $85,314
8 Brownsburg, IN 26,560 $89,089
9 Cicero, IN 4,921 $62,378
10 Mccordsville, IN 7,237 $93,779
11 Danville, IN 10,380 $80,750
12 Avon, IN 18,056 $93,352
13 Fortville, IN 4,666 $64,229
14 Greenwood, IN 58,784 $66,103
15 New Whiteland, IN 6,178 $67,840
16 Pendleton, IN 4,429 $65,698
17 Bargersville, IN 7,417 $84,590
18 Lapel, IN 2,379 $61,422
19 Greenfield, IN 22,561 $57,950
20 Plainfield, IN 34,224 $65,306
21 Whiteland, IN 4,495 $80,000
22 Franklin, IN 25,276 $60,500
23 Mooresville, IN 9,727 $61,088
24 Lawrence, IN 49,020 $62,257
25 Ingalls, IN 2,494 $55,043
26 Brooklyn, IN 2,633 $58,984
27 Speedway, IN 12,327 $46,863
28 Martinsville, IN 11,807 $50,264
29 Lebanon, IN 16,317 $54,160
30 Beech Grove, IN 15,148 $45,361
31 Shelbyville, IN 18,918 $49,586
32 Sheridan, IN 3,454 $44,361
33 Morgantown, IN 2,729 $30,234

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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.

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