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50. Noblesville, IN
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Top 100 rank: 50
Population: 49,400
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Just north of Indianapolis, Noblesville attracts not only couples with kids but also young professionals who like the easy access to the city and the affordable home prices. The town runs a Noblesville Young Professionals Group for people 18 to 35 who meet for networking events. Once itís time to settle down and start a family, residents appreciate the townís strong schools; Noblesville recently started construction on a new elementary school. And the local economy is relatively strong. --D.B.
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Noblesville stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$84,879 $99,975
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
57.63% 24.63%
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Median home price $149,990 $265,929
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
28.7% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
23.6% 24.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 20 16
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
1,615 2,758
High temp in July ° F 84.5° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 17.0° 20.9°
Median age 35.4 36.35
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$84,879 $99,975
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
N.A. $95,706
State sales tax 7.00% 5.75%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A.I 7.37%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
3.40%I 3.13%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,170 $1,687
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
57.63% 24.63%
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Housing
Median home price $149,990 $265,929
Average property taxes N.A. $4,083
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
11 28
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
28.7% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
23.6% 24.7%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
93.7/6.3 92.1/7.9
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
79.0% 78.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 20 16
Median commute time (in minutes) 26.9 23.3
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
18.5% 15.4%
% population walk or bike to work 1.9% 2.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
19 30
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
1,615 2,758
Bars
(within 15 miles)
117 208
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
151 165
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
42 74
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
9 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 1 16
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.5 1.2
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
42.85 39.07
% clear days in the area 24 27
High temp in July ° F 84.5° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 17° 20.9°
Median age 35.4 36.35
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
73.8% 74.5%
Married % 66.7% 61.5%
Divorced % 7.8% 7.6%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
27.8 71.0
From the September 2011 issue
Notes: *County data

(I) Income tax notes:
In Indiana, includes an additional exemption of $1,500 for each dependent child.
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