Carmel ranks third in Best Places to Live

Carmel Arts and Design District sign in Carmel, Indiana, a district which is part of the statewide cultural program (WISH Photo/Eric Halvorson, file)

CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) – Carmel, Indiana ranked third in Best Places to Live in America, according to Money magazine.

The magazine released its twice yearly Best Places to Live in America survey on Monday. Carmel came in third behind McKinney, Texas, which ranked first, and Maple Grove, Minnesota, which ranked second.

The survey looked at 781 American cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000 focusing on data driven by more than 50 factors, including the local economy, projected job growth, the local housing market, schools and access to healthcare. That list was pared to 35 top scoring cities, which were then visited by reporters who looked for a “sense of community and other intangibles.”

Some of Carmel’s attributes noted in the article included Carmel’s use of roundabouts for traffic flow, its vibrant performing arts, 50 corporate headquarters, new developments in the central core and quality of life aspects such as Carmel’s system of multi-use paths.

“This is more great news for Carmel, which continues to attract national attention from major media outlets for our quality of life,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “I recognize it is tempting to discard these kinds of surveys, but the truth is they can help a city in its’ economic development efforts. In fact, I hope my phone starts ringing tomorrow from CEOs in New York to entrepreneurs in California looking for a Midwest home. Those are calls we like to get.”

In a survey by 24/7 Wall Street, Carmel ranked 12th in “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live” last week. That survey only included cities with more than 65,000 residents.

To see Money’s complete article, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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