These Are The 10 Smartest Cities In Indiana

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings - 3 years ago
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One of the many qualities that people look for in a potential location or company is the intelligence of those around them. This factor can play a huge role in one’s experience at a particular company and can make or break an employee’s time there.

So finding a city with an intelligent population makes sense for both companies and employees. That’s where Zippia comes in; to help you identify those places in Indiana that might have skipped a grade…or two.

You may be wondering how does one determine the intelligence of a town?

Well, we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out what criteria about a place would identify it as a smart cookie.

We looked at the percentage of adults (over 25) with at least a high school degree and the percentage of high school drop outs (aged 16-20) for the 119 largest cities in Indiana with data. We then crunched the numbers and were left with this set of the brightest cities in the Hoosier State:

  1. Carmel
  2. Hunte
  3. West Lafayette
  4. Munster
  5. Yor
  6. New Whiteland
  7. Westfield
  8. Bloomington
  9. Bargersville
  10. Batesville

Read on to see why these places got into a four-year college or skip to the end to see a full chart of all the places in our analysis.

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How we determined the smartest places in the Hoosier State

Before we could dive into the potential IQs of various places in Indiana, we needed to know which places to look at in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for every criteria.

This left us with 119 places in Indiana.

We then looked at the following criteria to determine the cream of the crop when it comes to smarts:

Our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought this criteria was representative of the current state of smarts with the potential for a place to improve the education levels of the next generation. And it’s not like we are setting the education bar incredibly high — 80% of students graduate from high school nowadays.

In order to determine the smartest, we ranked all the cities for each criteria from one to 119 with one being the “smartest” in any category.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the highest overall score being given the diploma for “Smartest City In Indiana”.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

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1. Carmel

Smartest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,474
Adults Without High School Diploma: 1.9%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 0.8%

2. Hunte

Population: 5,326
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.0%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 0.0%

3. West Lafayette

Smartest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,843
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.5%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 0.0%

4. Munster

Population: 23,325
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.2%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 0.0%

5. Yor

Population: 11,265
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.4%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 0.0%

6. New Whiteland

Smartest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,646
Adults Without High School Diploma: 5.5%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 0.0%

7. Westfield

Smartest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,426
Adults Without High School Diploma: 4.0%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 1.3%

8. Bloomington

Smartest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,963
Adults Without High School Diploma: 7.0%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 0.2%

9. Bargersville

Smartest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,324
Adults Without High School Diploma: 7.1%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 0.0%

10. Batesville

Smartest Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,397
Adults Without High School Diploma: 7.3%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 0.0%

And that’s how you graduate in style

Detailed List Of Smartest Cities In Indiana

CityRankPopulationAdults Without High School DiplomaTeenage High School Drop Outs

Carmel 1 83,474 1.9% 0.8%
Hunte 2 5,326 4.0% 0.0%
West Lafayette 3 30,843 4.5% 0.0%
Munster 4 23,325 5.2% 0.0%
Yor 5 11,265 5.4% 0.0%
New Whiteland 6 5,646 5.5% 0.0%
Westfield 7 32,426 4.0% 1.3%
Bloomington 8 81,963 7.0% 0.2%
Bargersville 9 6,324 7.1% 0.0%
Batesville 10 6,397 7.3% 0.0%
Brownsburg 11 22,618 5.9% 1.6%
Zionsville 12 24,559 2.1% 3.2%
Fishers 13 81,060 2.3% 4.0%
North Manchester 14 6,080 9.1% 0.0%
Lowell 15 9,347 7.5% 2.0%
Dyer 16 16,322 8.3% 1.4%
St. John 17 15,456 3.0% 4.1%
Avon 18 14,570 5.5% 4.0%
Griffith 19 16,765 9.5% 0.7%
Noblesville 20 56,576 5.3% 4.0%
Merrillville 21 35,262 9.9% 0.2%
Highland 22 23,429 8.3% 2.3%
Chesterton 23 13,894 7.1% 3.4%
Auburn 24 12,972 11.0% 0.0%
Danville 25 9,258 7.9% 3.5%
Columbus 26 45,522 8.9% 2.6%
Greenwood 27 52,799 8.9% 2.8%
Schererville 28 29,082 7.0% 4.2%
New Haven 29 15,612 11.2% 2.4%
Garrett 30 6,213 13.0% 0.0%
Crown Point 31 28,259 7.4% 5.1%
Nappanee 32 6,639 13.7% 0.0%
Cedar Lake 33 11,653 12.1% 2.3%
Charlestown 34 7,802 14.2% 0.0%
Sellersburg 35 8,004 9.2% 4.4%
Rochester 36 6,151 14.7% 0.0%
Valparaiso 37 31,745 7.4% 5.7%
Rensselaer 38 5,787 14.8% 0.0%
Portage 39 37,008 11.8% 4.0%
Franklin 40 24,193 11.6% 4.1%
Angola 41 8,610 15.3% 0.0%
Fort Wayne 42 255,784 11.8% 4.1%
McCordsville 43 5,037 1.8% 13.3%
Ellettsville 44 6,352 12.7% 4.0%
Bluffton 45 9,621 12.9% 3.6%
Plainfield 46 29,220 9.4% 5.4%
Mount Vernon 47 6,607 12.1% 4.1%
Monticello 48 5,355 15.5% 0.0%
Greencastle 49 10,307 12.9% 3.7%
Greenfield 50 21,012 8.8% 6.3%
Princeton 51 8,600 10.8% 5.5%
Tell City 52 7,251 12.5% 4.5%
Portland 53 6,408 17.7% 0.0%
Lawrence 54 46,796 12.4% 5.2%
Kokomo 55 56,958 12.7% 5.1%
Muncie 56 70,035 14.9% 3.9%
Hobart 57 29,136 11.5% 6.1%
Alexandria 58 5,100 18.5% 0.0%
Jeffersonville 59 45,869 11.9% 5.7%
New Castle 60 17,859 18.3% 1.2%
Lafayette 61 69,982 13.6% 4.5%
Vincennes 62 18,233 16.5% 2.4%
Warsaw 63 14,179 16.1% 2.9%
Bedford 64 13,384 18.8% 1.3%
Jasper 65 15,177 13.6% 5.2%
Peru 66 11,199 20.3% 1.2%
Salem 67 6,264 22.1% 0.0%
Crawfordsville 68 15,988 15.9% 4.0%
North Vernon 69 6,736 17.8% 3.1%
Wabash 70 10,534 14.0% 5.4%
Huntingburg 71 6,489 27.6% 0.0%
Mishawaka 72 48,120 13.3% 7.0%
Goshen 73 32,297 22.9% 1.4%
Columbia City 74 9,057 15.5% 5.2%
Boonville 75 6,220 13.0% 8.3%
Tipton 76 5,288 16.5% 4.5%
La Porte 77 22,153 14.0% 7.1%
Lebanon 78 15,688 11.9% 13.6%
Kendallville 79 9,847 12.0% 13.4%
Hartford City 80 6,166 14.7% 6.8%
Terre Haute 81 61,040 15.3% 6.0%
Rushville 82 6,314 19.9% 4.0%
Mooresville 83 9,459 11.6% 16.7%
Decatur 84 9,511 13.3% 10.2%
Cumberland 85 5,243 13.9% 9.0%
Beech Grove 86 14,301 13.7% 9.4%
Huntington 87 17,284 14.7% 7.4%
Evansville 88 120,220 12.8% 12.1%
Indianapolis 89 835,097 15.4% 6.3%
Elwood 90 8,569 17.2% 5.2%
Greensburg 91 12,160 11.8% 21.9%
Gas City 92 6,093 15.2% 7.4%
Speedway 93 12,012 12.7% 16.7%
Michigan City 94 31,369 16.0% 7.2%
Clarksville 95 21,579 15.4% 10.2%
Marion 96 29,403 18.9% 5.6%
New Albany 97 36,496 16.4% 8.1%
Martinsville 98 11,756 18.1% 7.2%
Connersville 99 13,267 20.9% 5.5%
South Bend 100 100,422 15.5% 11.8%
Plymouth 101 10,048 22.8% 5.2%
Madison 102 12,033 14.5% 19.6%
Frankfort 103 16,488 20.6% 6.0%
Gary 104 79,165 16.9% 9.3%
Anderson 105 55,789 16.6% 10.7%
Seymour 106 18,686 15.8% 15.2%
Hammond 107 79,585 21.0% 7.2%
Shelbyville 108 19,216 16.9% 12.2%
Washington 109 11,758 16.1% 16.1%
Richmond 110 36,527 18.5% 11.3%
East Chicago 111 29,387 28.2% 5.7%
Linton 112 5,368 20.2% 11.4%
Elkhart 113 51,539 24.0% 7.4%
Lake Station 114 12,369 21.1% 11.8%
Brazil 115 8,022 22.7% 10.4%
Scottsburg 116 6,700 21.5% 11.7%
Lawrenceburg 117 5,022 21.0% 15.9%
Logansport 118 17,933 27.1% 15.8%
Westville 119 6,895 27.9% 42.3%