CNNMoney has released its Best Places To Live 2012 list, and Carmel is at the top again.
Money Magazine first contacted Carmel in June to start collecting data about the City. Shortly thereafter a reporter was sent to Carmel to interview families in the community and Mayor Jim Brainard. In July, photographers came to get pictures of the community and families that live here.
“We are extremely pleased and honored that Money Magazine recognized Carmel as the best place to live in America. With amenities such as City Center, The Center for The Performing Arts, the Arts & Design District and Central Park we were able to move into the number one spot from ranking 14th in 2010. We improved our ranking because many of our initiatives that were under construction then are now complete and being enjoyed by the community. I am especially pleased that the team from Money Magazine took into account the opinions expressed by the families they interviewed who told them how much they enjoy living in Carmel. While this is a tremendous honor, it is not a time to sit back and rest on our laurels, but rather a time to take advantage of this rare opportunity to capitalize on this great story and use it to our advantage in our economic development efforts to attract top level employees and businesses , ” said Mayor Jim Brainard.
The annual survey is based on data from Onboard Informatics. Using Quality of Life factors such as education, crime and “town spirit”, and focusing on towns with between 50,000 and 300,000 residents, this year’s survey ranks the country’s best mid-sozed cities. Visits to the communities were also a key factor in making decisions about the top cities.
To be eligible for ranking, towns must have a median household income greater than 85 percent, and less than 200 percent, of the state median income; must not be a categorized as a “retirement community” or a town with “major job loss”; and must be racially-diverse.
From a list of 744 eligible towns nationwide, Carmel, Indiana ranked first.
The complete Top 10 Best Places to Live as cited by CNNMoney, and average local home listing price as of July 2012 follows :
- Carmel, Indiana ($304,340 average listing price)
- McKinney, Texas ($245,917 average listing price)
- Eden Prairie, Minnesota ($413,566 average listing price)
- Newton, Massachusetts ($850,117 average listing price)
- Redmond, Washington ($518,982 average listing price)
- Irvine, California ($904,753 average listing price)
- Reston, Virginia ($467,934 average listing price)
- Columbia, Maryland ($406,943 average listing price)
- Overland Park, Kansas ($278,204 average listing price)
- Chapel Hill, NC ($376,660 average listing price)
In addition to ranking its Top 10 Best Places To Live, CNNMoney also offers a host of data on the top-ranked 100 cities at its website. See whether your hometown ranks, and what the data says about your town.
Every city and town in Central Indiana has something to offer to its residents, and not all “best of” lists are relevant to all buyers’ needs and tastes.
Therefore, before making a decision to buy a home, make sure to connect with a real estate agent with extensive market knowledge of Carmel and all Central Indiana neighborhoods, districts and towns. That’s the best, most reliable way to make sure you’re getting the data on the market that matters most to you.
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