Indianapolis Suburbs Uncovered: From Carmel's Elegance to Plainfield's Affordability

Indianapolis Suburbs Uncovered: From Carmel's Elegance to Plainfield's Affordability

  • Cara Conde
  • 10/16/23

Today, we'll delve into the suburban landscape of Indianapolis, focusing on facts and statistics. Let's explore these suburban areas one by one:

  1. Noblesville: Ranked #8 by Niche for the best Indiana suburbs, it houses around 70,000 residents. Approximately 72.5% of them are homeowners, with a median home price of $377,000. Noblesville boasts Victorian-era buildings, charming boutiques, and a historic downtown, making it a picturesque choice for residents. The city also offers various outdoor activities and features the Ruoff Music Center, a prominent music venue.
  2. Meridian Hills: While technically within Indianapolis, Niche ranks it #6 for the best Indiana suburbs. It spans a mere 1.48 square miles and is home to approximately 1,700 residents. The median home price here is a substantial $555,000. Meridian Hills is renowned for its luxurious estates, tree-lined streets, and an exclusive atmosphere. Interestingly, there are no rental properties in this upscale area.
  3. Westfield: Niche ranks Westfield #5 among Indiana's best suburbs. This suburb has a population of around 50,000 residents, and the median home price is $480,000. A significant factor in Westfield's appeal is Grand Park, a massive youth sports complex, attracting visitors and investors alike. Westfield's growth is remarkable, with new restaurants, breweries, and entertainment venues making it an attractive location.
  4. Zionsville: Zionsville secures the #4 spot on Niche's list, with a population of approximately 31,000 residents. The median home price stands at $541,112, making it one of the costlier options. Zionsville boasts a historical downtown with brick-paved streets, boutiques, and cafes. Nearby, Eagle Creek Park, the largest municipal park in the U.S., offers abundant recreational opportunities.
  5. Fishers: Niche places Fishers at #2 among Indiana's best suburbs, while Money Magazine ranks it among the top 3 places to live in the U.S. With a population of about 101,171 residents, Fishers maintains a homeownership rate of 77%. The median home price in Fishers is $410,000. It offers excellent schools, numerous parks, and diverse amenities, making it a thriving suburban city.
  6. Carmel: Taking the top spot on numerous lists, including Niche, Money Magazine, and others, Carmel is often considered the premier Indy suburb. It is home to approximately 100,777 residents, with 75% of them owning homes. The median home price in Carmel is $507,000. The city features a vibrant downtown, arts, a 20-mile Monon Trail, and a multitude of roundabouts, contributing to its appeal as an upscale suburban hub.
  7. Avon: Avon is a growing suburb located just west of Indianapolis. Niche ranks it highly among Indiana's best suburbs, and it's easy to see why. With a population of around 18,000 residents, Avon offers a strong sense of community. The median home price is approximately $250,000, making it an affordable option for many families. Avon boasts a robust school system, beautiful parks, and a burgeoning business scene, making it an attractive destination for those looking for a balanced suburban lifestyle.
  8. Greenwood: Situated south of Indianapolis, Greenwood has earned its place among the top Indiana suburbs. With over 58,000 residents, Greenwood offers a diverse range of housing options, from affordable starter homes to upscale neighborhoods. The median home price hovers around $200,000, making it an appealing choice for budget-conscious homebuyers. Greenwood has a thriving retail sector, including the Greenwood Park Mall, and excellent schools, making it a family-friendly destination.
  9. Brownsburg: Brownsburg, located to the northwest of Indianapolis, is another gem in the suburban landscape. Niche ranks it favorably for its combination of affordability and amenities. The town boasts a population of around 26,000 residents and a median home price of about $225,000. Brownsburg is known for its strong sense of community, excellent schools, and ample recreational opportunities. The proximity to major highways ensures easy access to downtown Indianapolis and other nearby cities.
  10. Plainfield: Plainfield, just southwest of Indianapolis, is a thriving suburban community with a population of approximately 35,000 residents. Niche recognizes Plainfield for its family-friendly environment and affordability. The median home price in Plainfield is about $200,000, making it an accessible option for first-time homebuyers. This suburb offers a well-regarded school system, numerous parks, and a historic downtown with charming shops and restaurants. Its strategic location near major highways and Indianapolis International Airport adds to its appeal.

In conclusion, these suburbs offer a diverse range of features and amenities to cater to various preferences and lifestyles. While Carmel often leads the pack in rankings, each suburb has its unique characteristics and strengths that make them attractive places to live in the Indianapolis area.

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