Carmel ranked number one as Money Magazine's 'best places to live'

A statue of a police officer on Main Street in Carmel.

Carmel, Indiana tops Money Magazine's 2012 list of best places to live. The list factors in quality of life, home prices, crime statistics, convenient access to amenities and more.

"Carmel's business district now has the second-largest concentration of office workers in Indiana and an unemployment rate that's just over half the national average," the magazine writes.

The review calls Carmel a "former sleepy burb" that has undergone a transformation into an "ideal place to work and play."

Money Magazine also mentions Carmel's new performing arts center, bike lanes and sports and rec center.

Fishers comes in at number 12 on the same list.

"It has reasonably priced homes, one of the top school systems in the state, and seamless access to downtown Indianapolis (about a 30-minute drive). For fun, there are 451 acres of parks, summer music festivals, and the annual Flavor of Fishers Festival, where local restaurants showcase their best dishes. While the charm factor is a little lacking, Fishers is in the process of redeveloping its downtown area," Money Magazine writes about Fishers.

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