Rankings: Hoosier Cities Among Best

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(Image of downtown Westfield courtesy of the city of Westfield.) (Image of downtown Westfield courtesy of the city of Westfield.)

Two Indiana cities received the highest rating on a list of the Best Small Cities in America. WalletHub compared data from five "key dimensions" to rank nearly 1,300 communities.

The criteria broadly included affordability, economic health, education and health, quality of life and safety. In all, 30 metrics were considered and the overall score was tallied from weighted scores between 1 and 100. Each city has a population between 25,000 and 100,000.

There were fourteen cities in Indiana that placed above the 50 percentile nationwide. They are:

  • Westfield - 99th percentile
  • Carmel - 99th percentile
  • Fishers - 98th percentile
  • Plainfield - 86th percentile
  • Valparaiso - 83rd percentile
  • Columbus - 77th percentile
  • Greenwood - 67th percentile
  • Jeffersonville - 65th percentile
  • Portage - 64th percentile
  • West Lafayette - 62nd percentile
  • Goshen - 59th percentile
  • Mishawaka - 55th percentile
  • Merrillville - 51st percentile
  • Lafayette - 51st percentile

Westfield Mayor Andy Cook says "our community is consistently recognized for our schools, safety and quality of life. We are excited to be included in this ranking and hope this recognition will continue to spread the good news about Westfield."

Four Indiana cities were rated near the bottom with overall scores below the 10th percentile. They are:

Gary - 4th percentile

Muncie - 5th percentile

Richmond - 5th percentile

East Chicago - 6th percentile

You can connect to the full list and methodology by clicking here.

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