About the Community of Carmel

The City of Carmel is in Clay Township in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States. A suburb of Indianapolis, it lies about 25 miles northeast of the city’s downtown. With a population of 91,198, the city spans 47 square miles (120 km2) across Clay Township in Hamilton County, Indiana, and is bordered by the White River to the east; Michigan Road (U.S. 421) and the county line to the west; 96th Street to the south and 146th Street to the north. Although Carmel had one of the nation’s first stoplights, it is now known as the “Roundabout Capital of the U.S.” because it has more roundabouts than any city in America (122 as of January 2019).

It is often cited as one of the Best Places to Live in America by Money magazine (No. 1 in 2012, No. 3 in 2018) and other surveys such as Wallet Hub, Niche, and SafeWise. The City has also been honored for being one of the safest in America, and best place to launch a career and to raise a family.


Carmel was originally called “Bethlehem”. It was platted and recorded in 1837 by Daniel Warren, Alexander Mills, John Phelps, and Seth Green. The original settlers were predominantly Quakers. Today, the plot first established in Bethlehem, located at the intersection of Rangeline Road and Main Street, is marked by a clock tower, donated by the local Rotary Club in 2002. The town of Bethlehem was renamed “Carmel” in 1874, due to the need of a post office, at which time it was incorporated.

In 1924, one of the first automatic traffic signals in the U.S. was installed at the intersection of Main Street and Rangeline Road. The signal was the invention of Leslie Haines and is currently in the old train station on the Monon Trail.

Carmel occupies the southwestern part of Hamilton County, adjacent to Indianapolis and, with the annexation of Home Place in 2018, is now entirely coextensive with Clay Township. It is bordered to the north by Westfield, to the northeast by Noblesville, to the east by Fishers, to the south by Indianapolis in Marion County, and to the west by Zionsville. The center of Carmel is 15 miles north of the center of Indianapolis.


The Carmel Clay Schools district has 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. Student enrollment for the district is above 14,500.

The elementary schools, which have students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade are Carmel Elementary, Cherry Tree Elementary, College Wood Elementary, Forest Dale Elementary, Mohawk Trails Elementary, Orchard Park Elementary, Prairie Trace Elementary, Smoky Row Elementary, Towne Meadow Elementary, West Clay Elementary, and Woodbrook Elementary.

The three middle schools, which have students sixth through eighth grade are Carmel Middle School, Clay Middle School, and Creekside Middle School.

Carmel High School is the only high school in the district.


The city of Carmel has been recognized with numerous awards and ratings for its programs and services.

  • Listed as #1 best place in US to launch a career by Money Magazine in 2018
  • Listed as #1 best place to live by Niche in 2017 and 2018 
  • Listed as #16 best place to live by Money Magazine in 2017
  • Listed as #3 best place to live by Money Magazine in 2014
  • Listed as #1 best place to live by CNN Money Magazine 2012
  • Arborculture’s highest award – the Gold Leaf Award in 2002
  • The 2006 City Livability Award to mayor Jim Brainard for roundabouts. The award recognizes mayors for implementing programs to improve the quality of life in their cities.

All information about Carmel came courtesy of Wikipedia and Carmel Clay Schools websites.

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