Living in a "big" city certainly has its advantages - lots of things to see and do, lots of shopping and dining choices, and lots of people - but big city life isn't for everybody. The same things that make a big city attractive to some, also drive others away to live in a smaller city. In fact, some studies show that nearly half of Americans prefer to live in the suburbs, as opposed to urban or rural areas. A couple of reasons for this include smaller populations and a lower cost of living.

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How to Determine the Best Small Cities in America

The personal-finance website WalletHub released a report showing 2022’s Best Small Cities in America, and I was pleasantly surprised to see three Indiana cities in the top ten, with several other Hoosier cities making the list. I think that's something to be proud of. To get these results, WalletHub compared more than 1,300 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 based on these five categories:

  1. Affordability
  2. Economic Health
  3. Education & Health
  4. Quality of Life
  5. Safety

Which Indiana Cities Scored the Best?

  • #2 overall on the list, with a total score of 70.91 is Carmel, IN. I'll be honest, I don't know what that score means, but I do know it is only .13 behind to top city on the list.
  • #7 is Zionsville, IN, with a score of 69.9
  • #10 is Westfield, IN, with a score of 69.8
  • All three cities are in the 99th percentile, meaning they are in the top one percent of small cities in America.
  • Several other Indiana towns scored well on the list, including Fishers (68.42), Brownsburg (67.11), Noblesville (66.59), Plainfield (65.28), Greenwood (62.56), and Valparaiso (62.19).

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You can scroll over this interactive map to see the rest of the results, but your eyes might go crossed looking at over 1,300 dots.

Source: WalletHub

The results are a little bit easier to see HERE, along with any other information you might want about the study.

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