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Nearest major city: Indianapolis
Median family income: $108,086
Median home price: $174,438
Unemployment rate: 6.5%
Violent crime index: 12
With reasonable property prices, an unemployment rate lower than average, and a good grade for safety, Fishers is the best affordable suburb overall in this year's survey. The school district here has grown in recent years to accommodate the expanding population, and now includes 12 elementary schools, several intermediate and junior high schools, and two high schools. The town, on the West Fork of the White River, has 12 developed parks, five undeveloped sites totaling 152 acres, and more than 65 miles of multipurpose trail.