Rankings: Hoosier Cities Among Best

Posted: Updated:
(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.

  • Perspectives

    • The Art of The Apology

      You screwed up. You handled something the wrong way, or you failed to handle it when you should have. Now what are you going to do? If you're a big company, you're probably going to screw up some more. Oh, you’ll attempt some kind of public apology, but it will be so halfhearted or passive-aggressive that you'll get called on it, and you’ll find yourself taking a second whack at the apology tree. That's the conclusion I’ve drawn as I've...

    More

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Preferred Route For I-69 Bridge Unveiled

      The team overseeing the I-69 Ohio River Crossing project has unveiled a preferred route for the extension of the interstate connecting Evansville and Henderson, Kentucky. The group has also released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the effort, which identifies preferred alternatives for the route with different tolling options. The project team, which includes the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, is recommending the...

    • $600M Waste-to-Fuel Plant Coming to Gary

      A California-based renewable jet fuel and diesel producer has announced plans for a massive investment in northwest Indiana. Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. says it will invest $600 million to build the Centerpoint BioFuels Plant in Gary, which will convert municipal solid waste into renewable transportation fuel. The project is expected to create up to 163 jobs by the end of 2022. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Centerpoint will be located at an industrial site that will be...

    • Committee to Steer Future of Bloomington Hospital Site

      A newly-formed group tasked with providing the next steps for the Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital property will hold its first meeting Monday. The Hospital Re-Use Steering Committee will begin the effort to re-envision the property, which will be acquired by the city upon completion of the new Indiana University Health Regional Academic Health Center.

    • National Guard Academy Targets At-Risk Youth

      Indiana's adjutant general says the Hoosier Youth Challenge Academy in Knightstown continues to make a difference by offering at-risk teenagers a second chance. The academy, which was established in 2007, will Saturday celebrate another graduating class. The program uses quasi-military training, structure and discipline for students between the ages of 16 and 18 who have dropped out of school or are severely deficient in credits. In an interview on Inside INdiana Business...

    • Scotty's Brewhouse Files For Bankruptcy

      Indianapolis-based Scotty's Brewhouse has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company says the decision was "driven largely by the challenges of some specific locations and was necessary because of the way the company was structured corporately." As a result of the deal, Scotty's will close four of its restaurants by the end of the year. In a news release provided to Inside INdiana Business...