These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Indiana

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by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Indiana have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Indiana places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Granger, the happiest place in Indiana.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Hoosier State”:

  1. Granger
  2. Jasper
  3. Zionsville
  4. Batesville
  5. Westfield
  6. Carmel
  7. Hidden Valley
  8. Fishers
  9. Avon
  10. Brownsburg
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Hoosier State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 114 places in Indiana with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 114 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Indiana”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Indiana ranked. Our apologies to Tell City which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Granger


Population: 29,400 People Who Own Their Home: 93.2%
Married Adults: 66.9%

2. Jasper

Jasper, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,177People Who Own Their Home: 64.1%
Married Adults: 53.3%

3. Zionsville

Zionsville, Indiana
Population: 24,559 People Who Own Their Home: 75.8%
Married Adults: 67.6%

4. Batesville

Batesville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,397People Who Own Their Home: 62.7%
Married Adults: 61.2%

5. Westfield

Westfield, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,426People Who Own Their Home: 76.8%
Married Adults: 65.7%

6. Carmel

Carmel, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,474People Who Own Their Home: 75.0%
Married Adults: 66.3%

7. Hidden Valley


Population: 5,174 People Who Own Their Home: 87.5%
Married Adults: 67.2%

8. Fishers

Fishers, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,060People Who Own Their Home: 79.6%
Married Adults: 62.4%

9. Avon

Avon, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,570People Who Own Their Home: 75.8%
Married Adults: 55.7%

10. Brownsburg

Brownsburg, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 22,618People Who Own Their Home: 72.5%
Married Adults: 60.0%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Indiana

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Granger 1 29,400 93.2% 66.9%
Jasper 2 15,177 64.1% 53.3%
Zionsville 3 24,559 75.8% 67.6%
Batesville 4 6,397 62.7% 61.2%
Westfield 5 32,426 76.8% 65.7%
Carmel 6 83,474 75.0% 66.3%
Hidden Valley 7 5,174 87.5% 67.2%
Fishers 8 81,060 79.6% 62.4%
Avon 9 14,570 75.8% 55.7%
Brownsburg 10 22,618 72.5% 60.0%
Tell City 11 7,251 64.0% 52.3%
Dunlap 12 6,557 78.2% 61.4%
Bright 13 5,079 80.9% 54.3%
Noblesville 14 56,576 66.8% 59.1%
Dyer 15 16,322 87.8% 57.1%
Columbus 16 45,522 57.9% 50.1%
Bargersville 17 6,324 61.5% 68.9%
Munster 18 23,325 80.3% 53.8%
Boonville 19 6,220 61.0% 60.3%
Highland 20 23,429 74.6% 48.5%
Ellettsville 21 6,352 62.7% 47.6%
Lakes of the Four Seasons 22 6,854 94.2% 65.0%
New Haven 23 15,612 72.1% 52.6%
Danville 24 9,258 68.2% 56.3%
Rensselaer 25 5,787 56.2% 49.6%
Auburn 26 12,972 68.3% 50.9%
Tipton 27 5,288 56.6% 54.6%
Mount Vernon 28 6,607 64.0% 48.5%
Nappanee 29 6,639 61.4% 60.6%
Decatur 30 9,511 62.5% 49.4%
Chesterton 31 13,894 66.7% 53.1%
Mooresville 32 9,459 61.9% 53.5%
Crown Point 33 28,259 71.9% 52.6%
Plainfield 34 29,220 67.7% 48.8%
Bluffton 35 9,621 60.9% 49.7%
North Manchester 36 6,080 55.5% 43.8%
Huntingburg 37 6,489 61.2% 54.8%
Princeton 38 8,600 55.9% 48.4%
Washington 39 11,758 57.2% 49.8%
New Whiteland 40 5,646 75.6% 59.9%
Greenfield 41 21,012 57.7% 47.3%
Monticello 42 5,355 54.4% 47.4%
Wabash 43 10,534 58.6% 49.6%
Lebanon 44 15,688 56.9% 49.8%
Warsaw 45 14,179 55.9% 49.6%
Hobart 46 29,136 68.1% 49.4%
Cumberland 47 5,243 56.9% 55.9%
Lowell 48 9,347 71.5% 52.6%
Garrett 49 6,213 62.2% 52.0%
Franklin 50 24,193 55.0% 49.0%
Greenwood 51 52,799 56.4% 52.9%
Jeffersonville 52 45,869 60.2% 47.2%
Columbia City 53 9,057 61.1% 42.7%
Griffith 54 16,765 61.7% 47.1%
Portland 55 6,408 58.1% 46.5%
Cedar Lake 56 11,653 69.7% 51.8%
Greencastle 57 10,307 46.0% 34.3%
Seymour 58 18,686 56.5% 49.7%
Linton 59 5,368 56.0% 47.2%
Huntington 60 17,284 57.7% 44.1%
Portage 61 37,008 66.8% 47.4%
Greensburg 62 12,160 54.1% 45.7%
Madison 63 12,033 50.2% 45.6%
Valparaiso 64 31,745 53.3% 41.6%
Clarksville 65 21,579 53.7% 42.9%
West Lafayette 66 30,843 28.6% 24.8%
Alexandria 67 5,100 49.2% 49.7%
Rochester 68 6,151 50.5% 46.9%
Fort Wayne 69 255,784 56.5% 44.9%
Beech Grove 70 14,301 52.0% 44.0%
Angola 71 8,610 48.5% 39.2%
Goshen 72 32,297 52.5% 47.7%
Gas City 73 6,093 62.0% 45.6%
Lawrence 74 46,796 61.1% 46.6%
La Porte 75 22,153 53.6% 49.1%
Bedford 76 13,384 53.2% 46.3%
Hartford City 77 6,166 59.4% 51.6%
Charlestown 78 7,802 55.4% 46.6%
Bloomington 79 81,963 31.0% 23.5%
Kokomo 80 56,958 54.1% 45.2%
Evansville 81 120,220 46.6% 40.0%
Merrillville 82 35,262 58.4% 43.2%
Lafayette 83 69,982 44.1% 43.7%
Vincennes 84 18,233 47.4% 39.7%
Frankfort 85 16,488 52.2% 46.1%
Kendallville 86 9,847 55.5% 42.2%
Shelbyville 87 19,216 50.2% 42.4%
Peru 88 11,199 53.4% 42.9%
Crawfordsville 89 15,988 48.8% 43.4%
Marion 90 29,403 50.1% 35.3%
Plymouth 91 10,048 54.1% 47.3%
New Albany 92 36,496 48.3% 39.9%
Lawrenceburg 93 5,022 47.7% 36.6%
Westville 94 6,895 67.0% 20.2%
Martinsville 95 11,756 51.8% 46.7%
Salem 96 6,264 55.8% 39.7%
Logansport 97 17,933 55.3% 40.8%
Mishawaka 98 48,120 43.6% 39.7%
Elwood 99 8,569 49.5% 49.6%
Richmond 100 36,527 48.6% 41.7%
Terre Haute 101 61,040 45.5% 34.3%
Lake Station 102 12,369 63.8% 45.2%
Muncie 103 70,035 43.5% 30.8%
Indianapolis 104 835,097 47.0% 39.5%
Brazil 105 8,022 52.5% 44.3%
Michigan City 106 31,369 46.6% 36.6%
New Castle 107 17,859 47.7% 41.5%
Elkhart 108 51,539 42.5% 40.2%
North Vernon 109 6,736 48.6% 40.2%
Hammond 110 79,585 53.8% 40.0%
Connersville 111 13,267 48.8% 40.7%
Anderson 112 55,789 47.4% 39.2%
East Chicago 113 29,387 32.4% 29.7%
Gary 114 79,165 37.9% 28.4%