The 10 Happiest Places To Live In Indiana

By Kathy Morris - Nov. 10, 2020

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Ever wondered where in the country people are happiest? Better yet, what cities in your state have the secret sauce for happiness?

Just like where you work and what you do, where you live can have major implications for your quality of life. We set out to find the cities in Indiana where life is sweetest, the wages are high, and people aren’t wasting their lives away in cars,

The results? Happiness comes in small packages.

The result is this list of the best cities for :

  1. Whitestown, IN
  2. Zionsville, IN
  3. Mccordsville, IN
  4. Bargersville, IN
  5. Westfield, IN
  6. Granger, IN
  7. Hunte, IN
  8. Carmel, IN
  9. Noblesville, IN
  10. Yor, IN

These are the happiest places in Indiana. Keep reading to see what has everyone grinning so much.

How did we determined the happiest places to live in Indiana?

We turned happiness into a science and scoured the state to find the cities with all the ingredients for happiness:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Percent of households earning above $75,000
  • Median home prices
  • A short commute to work (Traffic = unhappiness)
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)

We examined over 126 cities, to find the cities that have all of the above in spades.

While some may be confused to see marriage rates included in our metrics, studies show that married people are typically happier than unmarried people. However, it is worth noting that marriage doesn’t cause happiness. In fact, people leaving a bad marriage experience spikes of happiness. However, a happy marriage and positive social interactions are important for mood and mental health.

Similarly, if you’re scratching your head to see $75,000 as the cut-off for happiness, blame Purdue University. Their study found that amount meets basic needs and frees people from the pitfalls of deep financial insecurity that cause unhappiness.

All of our data comes from the most recent American Community Survey.

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Keep reading for more on why each of these 10 places is brimming with happiness—or hop to the bottom to see where your city landed on the list.

1. Whitestown

Population: 7,220
Earners Over $75k: 55.5%
Average Commute: 21
Marriage Rate: 32.0%

Whitestown is the happiest city in all of Indiana. What makes Whitestown residents so happy? They aren’t wasting their lives on long commutes for one. The average Whitestown resident only drives 21.5 minuted to work. Toss in affordable housing and the fact that most Whitestown residents are coming home to a loving partner and it’s easy to see the city has a lot going for it.

2. Zionsville

Zionsville, IN

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Population: 26,209
Earners Over $75k: 72.6%
Average Commute: 26
Marriage Rate: 32.0%

In 2nd place we have Zionsville. Residents of Zionsville are highly educated, with an impressive 71.0% having at least a bachelor’s degree. And in this modern day, education means options, and folks in Zionsville have plenty of them.

3. Mccordsville

Mccordsville, IN

Population: 6,523
Earners Over $75k: 71.0%
Average Commute: 32
Marriage Rate: 35.0%

McCordsville is the third happiest city in Indiana. Why so happy? 35.0% of McCordsville residents come home to a partner to share their life burdens. Bonus? Short commutes give them more time to spend with all their loved ones or on hobbies they enjoy.

4. Bargersville

Bargersville, IN

Population: 6,950
Earners Over $75k: 52.7%
Average Commute: 26
Marriage Rate: 44.0%

Folks in Bargersville have a lot to smile about. An impressive 52.7% of Bargersville households earn $75,000 or more. That means families in Bargersville can afford peace of mind.

5. Westfield

Westfield, IN

Population: 37,769
Earners Over $75k: 61.4%
Average Commute: 23
Marriage Rate: 28.0%

Westfield is the 5th happiest city in the whole state. Westfield residents’ moods are kept high by reasonable home prices (the median home price in this Indiana city is only $242,500), happy marriages, and short commutes.

6. Granger

Population: 30,815
Earners Over $75k: 66.9%
Average Commute: 23
Marriage Rate: 30.0%

Looking to relocate? Data says you should give Granger a second look because it has all the ingredients for happiness. A staggering 66.9% of households earn over 75,000. Toss in high marriage rates and reasonable commutes, and it’s easy to see those who call Granger home have a lot to be happy about.

7. Hunte

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Population: 6,787
Earners Over $75k: 51.9%
Average Commute: 24
Marriage Rate: 36.0%

Hunte is the 7th happiest city. Hunte residents pull in respectable salaries and manage to do it, on average, within 24.5 minutes of their home. They can use all that extra time saved from a long commute to indulge in hobbies they’re passionate about.

8. Carmel

Carmel, IN

Population: 90,163
Earners Over $75k: 69.5%
Average Commute: 24
Marriage Rate: 25.0%

Carmel residents are highly educated with good incomes, decent marriage rates, and reasonable commutes. What’s not to be happy about?

9. Noblesville

Noblesville, IN

Population: 61,558
Earners Over $75k: 52.0%
Average Commute: 26
Marriage Rate: 30.0%

The 9th happiest city in all of Indiana is Noblesville. The average commute in Noblesville is only 26.3 minutes. That means they are only 26.3 minutes away from the loving spouse 30.0% of them have.

10. Yor

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Population: 11,178
Earners Over $75k: 41.2%
Average Commute: 21
Marriage Rate: 39.0%

In 10th place is Yor, Indiana. What makes Yor so great? Affordable housing, reasonable commutes, and healthy incomes. If happiness is contagious, moving here might be worth a try.

And that’s our list of the happiest cities in Indiana

There you have it, happiness is a place.

While we can’t guarantee everyone living and working in the top 10 cities is happy, they have a better chance the most.

If you are looking to improve your own happiness, check out how you can help improve your personal factors: housing costs, job satisfaction, income, and education.

If your city didn’t make the top 10, check out the list below to see whether it missed the cut by a hair or if folks there are struggling to escape despair.

Detailed List Of The Happiest Cities In

Rank City High Earners Average Commute Marriage Rate
1 Whitestown 55.5% 21 32.0%
2 Zionsville 72.6% 26 32.0%
3 Mccordsville 71.0% 32 35.0%
4 Bargersville 52.7% 26 44.0%
5 Westfield 61.4% 23 28.0%
6 Granger 66.9% 23 30.0%
7 Hunte 51.9% 24 36.0%
8 Carmel 69.5% 24 25.0%
9 Noblesville 52.0% 26 30.0%
10 Yor 41.2% 21 39.0%
11 Winfield 67.9% 29 31.0%
12 Avon 60.8% 30 30.0%
13 Dunlap 45.9% 19 33.0%
14 Simonton Lake 36.6% 19 32.0%
15 Batesville 35.3% 22 33.0%
16 Brownsburg 47.1% 27 32.0%
17 Jasper 37.3% 16 44.0%
18 Danville 50.3% 25 30.0%
19 Warsaw 31.6% 13 25.0%
20 Columbus 40.6% 17 26.0%
21 Rensselaer 31.4% 16 36.0%
22 St. John 67.2% 36 23.0%
23 Plainfield 39.6% 22 28.0%
24 Ellettsville 28.1% 19 30.0%
25 Franklin 38.4% 23 34.0%
26 Chesterton 48.1% 28 28.0%
27 Greenwood 39.8% 25 28.0%
28 Lakes Of The Four Seasons 60.1% 32 29.0%
29 Hidden Valley 65.8% 32 11.0%
30 Seymour 25.9% 17 31.0%
31 Sellersburg 42.7% 21 24.0%
32 Cumberland 42.3% 26 29.0%
33 Greenfield 30.6% 22 34.0%
34 Crown Point 51.2% 27 29.0%
35 Nappanee 26.0% 22 36.0%
36 Columbia City 26.3% 19 36.0%
37 Lebanon 31.7% 21 34.0%
38 Lowell 40.0% 36 29.0%
39 Greensburg 27.9% 17 33.0%
40 West Lafayette 28.7% 15 5.0%
41 Hobart 36.9% 26 33.0%
42 Munster 53.5% 29 23.0%
43 Bright 48.2% 31 9.0%
44 New Whiteland 33.7% 24 31.0%
45 Auburn 27.9% 16 26.0%
46 Lawrence 35.9% 26 24.0%
47 New Haven 25.8% 20 34.0%
48 Mount Vernon 34.4% 15 31.0%
49 Fort Wayne 28.3% 20 25.0%
50 North Manchester 29.6% 19 27.0%
51 Cedar Lake 42.6% 35 25.0%
52 Dyer 58.5% 29 18.0%
53 Goshen 22.8% 17 22.0%
54 Tell City 24.2% 16 35.0%
55 Mooresville 30.5% 22 37.0%
56 Crawfordsville 23.7% 16 30.0%
57 Valparaiso 37.0% 22 20.0%
58 Huntingburg 27.2% 18 30.0%
59 Bluffton 25.7% 18 36.0%
60 Shelbyville 28.3% 20 32.0%
61 Boonville 25.4% 20 38.0%
62 Bloomington 22.9% 16 10.0%
63 Tipton 28.7% 24 37.0%
64 Highland 41.8% 27 27.0%
65 Portage 36.2% 26 25.0%
66 Schererville 45.8% 31 20.0%
67 Speedway 25.7% 21 22.0%
68 Madison 26.4% 17 25.0%
69 Jeffersonville 33.6% 21 18.0%
70 Brazil 22.3% 24 37.0%
71 Huntington 21.1% 18 33.0%
72 Vincennes 21.0% 14 29.0%
73 Angola 21.9% 15 17.0%
74 South Haven 27.9% 24 33.0%
75 Rushville 26.0% 23 36.0%
76 Indianapolis 28.7% 23 21.0%
77 Gas City 18.4% 19 37.0%
78 Bedford 23.1% 17 33.0%
79 Griffith 41.0% 27 25.0%
80 Plymouth 17.0% 19 25.0%
81 Kokomo 26.5% 18 30.0%
82 Lafayette 22.4% 17 23.0%
83 Princeton 22.8% 18 32.0%
84 Washington 23.8% 20 31.0%
85 Merrillville 36.1% 27 21.0%
86 Hartford City 21.1% 22 37.0%
87 Scottsburg 25.6% 25 29.0%
88 New Albany 26.4% 20 19.0%
89 South Bend 21.9% 20 18.0%
90 Greencastle 22.7% 16 21.0%
91 Charlestown 27.8% 24 20.0%
92 Monticello 19.9% 16 27.0%
93 Decatur 20.2% 19 32.0%
94 Richmond 20.9% 15 24.0%
95 Beech Grove 22.1% 23 29.0%
96 Elkhart 18.8% 18 18.0%
97 Alexandria 28.1% 26 39.0%
98 Mishawaka 22.2% 20 23.0%
99 Kendallville 19.9% 18 29.0%
100 Wabash 18.6% 17 34.0%

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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