There are many perceptions about Hamilton County – it’s residents are well-educated and enjoy higher than average incomes. It’s also a great place to raise a family. These are many of the reasons why it’s been a fast-growing county for many years.
From a national perspective, Hamilton County is indeed a well-educated community. It ranks 13th out of 3,143 other US counties in residents with a high school diploma and 14th in residents with a college degree. From an income perspective, Hamilton County is in the top 1% of US counties in income per household and in income per capita.
Within the county, there are four primary cities - Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville and Westfield. Here are some fun facts about those four cities. According to 2012 US Census data, more people live in Carmel than any other Hamilton County city. In fact, with a population of nearly 84,000, Carmel is the 5th most populated city in the state and is the fourth largest city in square miles. There are 30,738 housing units in Carmel – the most in the county. None of which came as a surprise to me. It seems like Carmel is always building something! We won’t get into the 31 road construction project right now!!
Think you know Carmel? Bet you didn’t know this…Until 1874 the area where Carmel is now used to be known as Bethlehem. It’s also known for its many roundabouts. And in 1924, one of the first automatic traffic signals in the United States was installed at the intersection of Main Street and Range Line Road! In 2012, Carmel was selected as the Best Place to Live in America by CNN Money Magazine.
To the east of Carmel is Fishers. It ranks 7th in current population with over 81,000 people calling Fishers their home. At over 33 square miles, Fishers ranks as the 10th largest city in the state. Out of 125 other cities, Fishers is 4th in Indiana in average home value.
Did you know that in 2011, Fishers was named the number one city for families by The Learning Channel? In 2010, Fishers was ranked eighth in the best places to live nationwide according to Money magazine, and America's best affordable suburb by Business Week, and the eleventh best place to move in the country byForbes. In 1908 the post office officially changed the name of the town from Fishers Switch to Fishers, and in 2012 a referendum was passed to officially change Fishers from a town to a city.
Noblesville is the county seat and is the 15th most populated city in Indiana with over 55,000 residents. The city is over 31 square miles in size and is home to Forest park. Dating back to 1818, Noblesville has a rich trading and business history and was known for its flour mills. In 1925, the manager of a local flour mill offered to buy uniforms for the local high school athletic team in exchange for school adopting the nickname “Millers.” The nickname remains today.
To the west of Noblesville is Westfield. With a population of over 32,000, Westfield is the 26th largest city in Indiana. Originally founded in 1834 by North Carolina Quakers, some believe that the town was planned as a stop on the Underground Railroad. The town was incorporated in 2008 and elected its first mayor. With over 26 square miles, Westfield is the 16th largest city in Indiana.
There are many fun things to see and do in Hamilton County. Get out there and explore the place we call home. It’s won a number of awards! See what the excitement is all about and try something new this weekend!