Many of us love where we live and will boast about it to any visitors who pass through. But unless you're living in Carmel, Indiana, you may just have lost some of your city's bragging rights.
According to new figures by the data company Niche, the suburban city just north of Indianapolis was recently named the best city to live in the United States. That's right—it even surpassed the most beautiful beach towns in California (the winner not to be mistaken for Carmel, California) and major metropolitan hubs on the East Coast.
This isn't the first time Carmel, Indiana has received the honor, however. Back in 2012, CNN Money dubbed it the best place to live in America, but that list only focused on cities ranging from 50,000 to 300,000 in population.
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For their study, Niche decided to consider other factors as well. According to their data, the quaint spot scored highest of all American cities on the "overall quality of life in an area," based on key factors including location, the quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, and access to amenities. Each category was given a letter grade accordingly.
Still, the city admittedly has a few drawbacks, scoring only a “B-” in weather and a “B” in cost of living.
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But all in all, most residents seem quite content with their area. Of the 161 reviews the city has received on Niche.com, one in particular reads: "Great schools, friendly neighbors, safe, bike-friendly, kid-friendly, award-winning youth sports programs, many outdoor art festivals and activities. Great place to live!"
We’re sure Carmel natives are pleased as punch with the new results.
Find out here if your city made the rest of the list:
1. Carmel, Indiana
2. Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania
3. Houserville, Pennsylvania
4. Okemos, Michigan
5. Morrisville, North Carolina
6. Dublin, Ohio
7. Buffalo Grove, Illinois
8. Los Alamos, New Mexico
9. Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania
10. Ann Arbor, Michigan
via House Beautiful and the IndyStar
Admittedly, it wasn't much to look at in the beginning.