These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Indiana

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Indiana. And here they are:

  1. Zionsville
  2. Avon
  3. St. John
  4. Fishers
  5. Carmel
  6. Westfield
  7. Batesville
  8. Noblesville
  9. Brownsburg
  10. Hunte

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Indiana

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Zionsville


Population 2014: 24,559 Median Income: $103,951
Poverty Level: 1.7%
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%

2. Avon

Avon, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,570Median Income: $89,034
Poverty Level: 2.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

3. St. John

St. John, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,456Median Income: $93,802
Poverty Level: 3.3%
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%

4. Fishers

Fishers, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,060Median Income: $91,646
Poverty Level: 3.3%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

5. Carmel

Carmel, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,474Median Income: $107,916
Poverty Level: 3.7%
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%

6. Westfield

Westfield, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,426Median Income: $85,071
Poverty Level: 4.8%
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

7. Batesville

Batesville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,397Median Income: $62,045
Poverty Level: 5.8%
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%

8. Noblesville

Noblesville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,576Median Income: $67,939
Poverty Level: 6.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%

9. Brownsburg

Brownsburg, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 22,618Median Income: $65,492
Poverty Level: 4.8%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

10. Hunte

Source: Google Maps

Population: 5,326 Median Income: $70,644
Poverty Level: 5.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Zionsville and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Indiana

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Zionsville $103,951 1.7% 3.4%
2 Avon $89,034 2.8% 3.6%
3 St. John $93,802 3.3% 3.9%
4 Fishers $91,646 3.3% 5.0%
5 Carmel $107,916 3.7% 5.0%
6 Westfield $85,071 4.8% 3.5%
7 Batesville $62,045 5.8% 2.4%
8 Noblesville $67,939 6.1% 4.7%
9 Brownsburg $65,492 4.8% 5.6%
10 Hunte $70,644 5.3% 6.6%
11 Highland $62,738 5.4% 5.9%
12 Bargersville $68,510 11.1% 3.2%
13 Dyer $79,859 3.4% 7.6%
14 Schererville $69,011 5.5% 6.7%
15 Jasper $53,568 7.4% 4.1%
16 Munster $72,532 9.0% 6.5%
17 Sellersburg $63,910 5.4% 7.0%
18 Yor $60,552 6.2% 6.3%
19 McCordsville $82,835 4.4% 8.5%
20 Ellettsville $51,005 6.4% 6.2%
21 Crown Point $64,250 5.4% 8.6%
22 Danville $54,677 7.0% 7.2%
23 Nappanee $49,731 8.9% 6.0%
24 Columbus $55,288 10.5% 6.3%
25 Plainfield $58,625 7.8% 8.1%
26 Greenfield $53,819 9.0% 7.7%
27 Chesterton $66,919 8.9% 8.8%
28 Rensselaer $44,519 14.0% 3.9%
29 Boonville $47,247 14.1% 5.2%
30 Tell City $42,840 12.4% 4.7%
31 Mooresville $52,768 10.1% 7.8%
32 Lowell $61,933 9.6% 8.8%
33 Lebanon $44,709 13.9% 5.8%
34 Greenwood $52,621 12.8% 8.1%
35 Auburn $45,317 14.2% 6.2%
36 Franklin $51,397 14.4% 7.3%
37 Hobart $55,840 8.5% 10.1%
38 Griffith $52,800 9.6% 8.9%
39 Tipton $41,568 10.4% 6.7%
40 Jeffersonville $51,706 10.9% 8.8%
41 New Haven $46,952 13.2% 7.7%
42 North Manchester $42,872 15.5% 5.4%
43 Cedar Lake $64,071 7.0% 11.8%
44 New Whiteland $50,757 9.7% 9.4%
45 Huntingburg $46,190 16.9% 5.8%
46 Cumberland $46,882 6.9% 9.9%
47 Clarksville $41,788 13.2% 6.9%
48 Valparaiso $49,656 17.6% 6.8%
49 Warsaw $46,530 14.4% 8.5%
50 Greencastle $41,365 15.8% 6.5%
51 Portage $51,180 12.8% 11.0%
52 Bluffton $38,590 16.1% 5.2%
53 Princeton $41,242 14.4% 7.9%
54 Lawrence $49,849 13.7% 11.2%
55 Decatur $45,147 16.6% 7.9%
56 Mount Vernon $44,485 19.1% 6.9%
57 Merrillville $49,711 13.9% 11.2%
58 Monticello $39,272 14.8% 7.6%
59 Greensburg $45,363 16.1% 9.4%
60 Madison $45,569 15.0% 11.0%
61 Garrett $42,823 17.4% 8.6%
62 Columbia City $41,261 15.4% 9.4%
63 Alexandria $38,322 15.5% 8.4%
64 Charlestown $43,046 15.6% 10.3%
65 Seymour $43,890 16.5% 9.5%
66 Fort Wayne $43,994 17.2% 10.0%
67 Washington $40,302 17.7% 8.5%
68 Linton $35,997 17.5% 7.4%
69 Frankfort $40,803 15.7% 10.9%
70 Shelbyville $41,525 15.8% 11.2%
71 Rushville $37,023 19.1% 7.7%
72 Speedway $39,805 16.2% 10.7%
73 Lafayette $39,378 19.7% 8.7%
74 Evansville $35,996 19.7% 8.2%
75 Goshen $40,259 21.6% 8.7%
76 Beech Grove $37,624 16.5% 10.5%
77 Huntington $39,542 16.0% 11.4%
78 New Albany $40,061 18.1% 10.7%
79 Indianapolis $42,076 19.3% 11.2%
80 Rochester $29,935 24.8% 6.1%
81 Kendallville $40,693 19.0% 11.2%
82 Portland $33,726 14.1% 11.5%
83 Wabash $39,078 16.6% 11.2%
84 Angola $40,934 21.0% 10.4%
85 Lawrenceburg $38,175 14.8% 13.8%
86 Mishawaka $37,542 19.0% 10.6%
87 Westville $50,313 20.2% 17.7%
88 Vincennes $34,036 23.0% 8.3%
89 Bedford $35,126 18.1% 10.3%
90 Elwood $36,155 19.9% 10.1%
91 Gas City $41,164 19.2% 13.5%
92 La Porte $37,225 18.7% 12.3%
93 Hartford City $39,094 19.1% 13.1%
94 West Lafayette $28,507 49.4% 7.0%
95 Martinsville $36,379 19.9% 11.8%
96 Hammond $39,771 20.6% 13.7%
97 Kokomo $35,690 20.8% 11.8%
98 Terre Haute $33,317 26.0% 9.8%
99 Crawfordsville $33,085 19.9% 11.6%
100 Scottsburg $40,571 24.0% 14.4%

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