Three central Indiana cities are included in the top 20 of WalletHub’s “2020 Best Small Cities in America” ranking. The personal finance website based its list on more than 40 metrics, including housing costs, school system quality, and income growth.

WalletHub selected cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000. More than 1,200 cities were compared among the metrics, which were split among five categories: Affordability, Economic Health, Education & Health, Quality of Life, and Safety.

Carmel ranks third on the list, followed by Westfield at No. 16 and Fishers at No. 20. The other Hoosier cities on the list include:

  • Noblesville
  • West Lafayette
  • Plainfield
  • Valparaiso
  • Greenwood
  • Columbus
  • Granger
  • Crown Point
  • Portage
  • Bloomington
  • Lafayette
  • Goshen
  • Jeffersonville
  • Mishawaka
  • Muncie
  • Merrillville
  • Terre Haute
  • Kokomo
  • Richmond
  • Hobart
  • Schererville
  • Marion
  • New Albany
  • Michigan City
  • Anderson
  • Hammond
  • Elkhart
  • East Chicago
  • Gary

In addition to Carmel, the top five cities on the list include Arlington, Massachusetts; Brentwood, Tennessee; Castle Rock, Colorado; and Cedar Park, Texas.

You can view the full ranking and methodology by clicking here.


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