Fishers, Indiana

Money magazine Top 10 Best Places to Live

It's official! Fishers Indiana is a fantastic place to live! Read all the nice (and true!) things Money magazine has to say about this popular Indianapolis suburb.

 

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10. Fishers, IN
Fishers
Fishers' Town Municipal Complex
WINNER
Top 100 rank: 10
Population: 61,800
Compare Fishers to Top 10 Best Places
Fishers is growing fast, attracting residents who are young (median age: 30) and smart (over 60% have a bachelor's degree or more). It has the range of pluses common among our top 10, including a strong economy (lots of life-science companies are moving in), low home prices ($149,700 for the typical house) and good schools (they get high rankings in the state).

Though a walkable downtown is still in the planning stages, transportation is already here: Fishers started a commuter bus service to downtown Indianapolis and plans rapid transit via rail in the next two to five years.

When it comes to smart planning and sheer livability, other places could learn a lot from this little city in the Midwest.

Median family income
(per year)
$105,067 $93,075
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$85,525 $107,483
Sales tax 6.00% 6.57%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 5.17%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
3.40% 2.43%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average for the state)
$1,455 $1,791
Job growth %
(2000-2007)
45.09% 18.72%
Median home price $200,830 $291,949
Average property taxes
(2006)
$2,218 $3,886
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Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
12 49
Junior colleges and
technical institutes (within 30 miles)
9 25
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
34.7% 17.3%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
21.0% 16.4%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
94.2/5.8 89.0/11.0
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
69.1% 75.9%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 0 2
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 10 25
Median commute time
(in minutes)
23.0 23.0
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
9.3% 15.7%
% population walk or bike to work 0.9% 3.0%
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
31 51
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
2,223 4,094
Bars
(within 15 miles)
291 408
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
181 316
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
60 89
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
8 13
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 2 33
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.7 1.5
Annual rainfall
(inches)
40.66 36.17
% clear days in the area 24 30
High temp in July ° F 84.2° 87.8°
Low temp in Jan ° F 16.5° 22.9°
Has health plan
(% of residents)
91.8% 88.3%
Body mass index (avg. for residents) 26 27
Diabetes rates
(% of residents diagnosed)
5.4% 9.6%
Hypertension rates
(% of residents diagnosed)
19.8% 27.2%
Median age 29.9 35.9
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
87.6% 73.7%
Married 70.1% 57.5%
Divorced 8.1% 8.3%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
50.9 104.2
Amount spent on vacations
(domestic and foreign, household avg. per year)
$8,542 $8,007
From the August 2008 issue