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Living in Carmel

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Carmel has been voted the #1 place to live in the U.S. THREE times, just in 2017! Its school system, Arts and Design District and high property values make it a great choice among Indy’s suburbs.

Carmel Arts & Design District

Carmel Arts & Design District

Just north of Indianapolis, Carmel is known for many things, including its schools, its high per capita income and its roundabouts. That’s right—roundabouts! Carmel has more than 100—the most in the U.S.—so brush up on roundabout etiquette before you head to Carmel!

With almost 90,000 residents, Carmel has grown a great deal over the past 20 years or so. It’s now home to more than 40 corporate headquarters, including Delta Faucet, CNO Financial and Monster.com. Old Town Carmel has grown into an Arts and Design District in the past decade and includes many independent restaurants, galleries, shops, a performing arts center and a large city government complex. This walkable neighborhood, which is adjacent to the Monon Trail, includes neotraditional townhomes and renovated cottages.

Most of Carmel consists of subdivisions though—from older established neighborhoods to newer homes to luxury custom homes. All price points are available. However, relatively higher taxes come along with Carmel’s many amenities—excellent schools, public parks, healthcare facilities and library system. Most Carmel citizens would tell you that it’s worth it—there’s a reason Carmel has been voted the #1 place to live in the United States by Niche.com, Wall Street 24/7 and SmartAsset.com in 2017 and CNN Money magazine in 2012.

You might love living in Carmel if you…

  • Want to live in a very safe community.
  • Are looking for top-notch public schools.
  • Want to live on or near a golf course—Carmel has many.
  • Want to be close to lots of shopping and entertainment options.
  • Have an active family lifestyle.
  • Don’t mind a 30-minute commute to downtown Indianapolis.
  • Want easy access to the Monon Trail.
  • Love the arts and culture—Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts and Arts and Design District deliver.

Carmel public schools 

Click each school's name to see more information and to view homes for sale within the school's boundaries. Note: Our Carmel school pages have been updated to reflect new boundaries for the 2021/2022 school year.

Private schools in and near Carmel

Our Carmel picks

Center for the Performing ArtsThe Center for the Performing Arts, consisting of three venues—the Palladium, the Tarkington and the Studio Theater—is a magnificent space for the people of Indiana to celebrate great art together. The center hosts local dance, theater and music productions as well as the globe's most gifted performers. 1 Center Green, Carmel

Monon Community Center – Situated by the Monon Trail, the 146,000 square foot Monon Community Center has something for everyone! During the summer, the water park is the place for kids to be. Other amenities include a fitness center, group fitness classes, a three-court gymnasium, indoor pools and much more. A wide variety of programming, swim lessons, day camp and childcare are also offered. 1235 Central Park Dr. E., Carmel

Mimi Blue MeatballsMimi Blue Meatballs (named for the owner’s mother) serves up comfort food at its finest. Choose a base, like mac & cheese, bread or mashed potatoes, and add your choice of meatball and sauce. Yum! Invent a new dish every time you dine here! 12505 Old Meridian St., Carmel

Nearby communities

Zionsville | Fishers | Westfield

Homes for sale in Carmel

Carmel Housing Stats April 24, 2024
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