7 Ways Carmel, Indiana Ranks Among The Best

Searching for a place to live with plenty of single people? DatingAdvice.com recommends Carmel.

How about a safe spot to retire? BadCredit.org says crime is rare in Carmel.

Or maybe you’re starting a family and want to settle down somewhere kid-friendly. Livability.com suggests, you guessed it, Carmel has plenty for kids to do.

Indianapolis’ posh suburb ranks high on seemingly every list that various websites like to release to drive traffic to their brands.

Most of the websites pick Carmel by analyzing statistics, data such as age, income and crime. A few, such as CNN Money Magazine, send out reporters to visit top-ranking cities before releasing a ranking. Most just rely on the data.

Mayor Jim Brainard said city officials don’t even know about the rankings until the websites are ready to release the lists.

He thinks the lists promote brand awareness for the city — locally, nationally and internationally. He uses them to promote Carmel when trying to lure new businesses.

But for many, the lists are just a quick way to pass a few minutes online.

Here are the accolades the city has received the past two years.

1. Safest small cities for retirement.

What: BadCredit.org ranked Carmel the eighth-safest city in which to retire this year. The study used data from the FBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report. Carmel reported 764 crimes in 2013: 20 violent offenses and 744 property-related offenses. The website concluded your chance of being a victim in Carmel is 0.9 percent.

2. Best small cities for singles.

Matt the Miller's Tavern opened in 2012.

What: Carmel ranked the 11th-best city for singles in a list compiled by DatingAdvice.com this year. The website looked at population numbers and CNN Money Magazine’s list of best places to live. It concluded there are 31,793 singles in the city. The site also recommends taking your date generically to a park, museum or boutique or, very specifically, to the Simply Sweet Shoppe. You can never go wrong with chocolate.

3. Best small cities.

The Palladium at Carmel's Center for the Performing

What: Nerdwallet ranked Carmel the ninth-best small city in the United States this year. Carmel topped the list a year earlier. The website noted Carmel’s charm, affluent neighborhoods, growing population and outstanding schools.

4. Best places to live.

A fountain adds to the ambiance of the Carmel City

What: CNN Money Magazine named Carmel the third-best city in which to live in the United States in 2014. The ranking was based on population (83,897), median family income ($124,686), median home price ($294,000), average property taxes ($3,317) and job growth (17.1 percent).

5. Best places to live, redux.

A fountain adds to the ambience at Carmel City Center,

What: 24/7 Wall Street named Carmel the 12th-best place to live in the United States in 2014. The website lauded Carmel for its labor force, employment growth, low crime and high income. However, the report’s authors didn’t much care for the city’s night life, nature parks and other sources of entertainment.

6. Safest suburbs.

Festival goers walk around the Carmel International

What: Movoto ranked Carmel the safest suburb in the United States, by analyzing crime statistics. Carmel reported 819 crimes in 2012, with 11 violent and 808 property-related. There were no murders.

7. Best cities for kids.

Kelsey Williams checks out the "Flow Rider" at the

What: Livability.com named Carmel the sixth-best city for kids in the United States in 2014. Aside from the usual statistics, the website noted 34 percent of households have school-age children. And, it surmised, they might enjoy the city’s water park at The Monon Community Center or a day at the Museum of Miniature Houses.

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