See Which Indiana Cities Made the List
Based on a Population of at least 32k
Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.
Start your engines! Indiana is home to the Indianapolis 500, one of the biggest race car events in the nation. Indiana is rich in history with ups and downs during times of booms and recessions, but has currently recovered very well thanks to the diversification of its economy. Indiana is also known for Notre Dame, as well as the birthplace of the late Michael Jackson. In terms of safety, Indiana has several cities to choose from, near industrious areas or out in the country.
On a national level, Indiana has 2 of the top 100 safest cities – Carmel (88.4) and Fishers (87.31). Within the state, the 25 safest cities range on the safety rating scale from 88.4 to 57.66. Most of the cities that made our top 25 safest cities list show a slight decline in their violent and property crime rates. Most notably, Valparaiso has seen a 13.2% drop in property crimes, and trend that should continue over the years.
Let’s go a bit more into Carmel, the safest city in the state according to our analysis. It is just north of Indianapolis. Carmel has been one of the fastest growing communities in the country over the past couple of decades, going from 37,733 residents in 2000 to 88,511 currently. The median income per household is $101,494, signaling it is a well off community and therefore a low propensity for property or violent crimes. It is also a very family oriented town, with nearly 30% of the population under the age of 18.
The next town over to the east from Carmel is Fishers, the 2nd safest city in the state. Above Fishers is Westfield, the 3rd safest city in the state. As you can see, this area of the state is very safe. If you wanted to be closer to Chicago though, there is Valparaiso, near the Illinois border and a short drive to Lake Michigan. Valparaiso has a safety rating of 85.45, so you are not restricted to living in the northern suburbs of Indianapolis if you wanted to live in Indiana.