Best Cities 2010: Indianapolis, IN

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Best Cities 2010: Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis is a highly-ranked city in education, with 19 Blue Ribbon schools and 27 NAYEC Accredited preschools

City: Indianapolis 

State: Indiana 

Best Cities Overall Rank: 55

About Indianapolis:

Both Jane Pauley and David Letterman began their television careers in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis is a city that values education, with 19 Blue Ribbon schools and 27 NAYEC Accredited preschools.

County: Marion 

Population: 798,382

Official website for city visitors’ bureau/city: Visitors’ bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Indianapolis Star 

Indianapolis blogs:

Doing Indy

Moosh in Indy

Nap Time in Naptown

Indianapolis‘s Facebook page: Follow Indianapolis on Facebook

Indianapolis‘s Twitter page: Follow Indianapolis on Twitter 

Education rank: 7

High School graduation rate 2008: 57.6%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 19

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 2.38

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 27

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 3.38

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 266

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.80

Total Expenditures Per Student: $14,479


Health rank: 59

Quality children’s hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.12

Quality Pediatricians: 3

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.37

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0


Safety rank: 63

Violent Crimes, 2008: 9,735

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1219.34

Sex Offenders: 1071

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 134.15


Economy rank: 62           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 22.1           

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 9.3           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 1091.43

Median Home List Price: $112,900                          


Recreation Rank: 49           

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 10,867           

Parkland per 100,000: 1361.13