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Facts About Carmel
Carmel has a highly educated and affluent population whose households have average median income levels of $109,201 and the median average price of a home is $320,400, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 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. A post office was established as “Carmel” in 1846 because Indiana already had a post office called Bethlehem. 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 the city of Indianapolis in Marion County, and to the west by Zionsville in Boone County. The center of Carmel is 15 miles (24 km) north of the center of Indianapolis. According to the 2010 census, Carmel has a total area of 48.545 square miles (125.73 km2), of which 47.46 square miles (122.92 km2) (or 97.76%) is land and 1.085 square miles (2.81 km2) (or 2.24%) is water. Major east-west streets in Carmel generally end in a 6 and include 96th Street (the Southern border), 106th, 116th, 126th, 131st, 136th and 146th (which marks the northern border). The numbering system is aligned to that of Marion and Hamilton counties. Main Street (131st) runs east-west through Carmel’s Art & Design District; Carmel Drive runs generally east-west through the main shopping area, and City Center Drive runs east-west near Carmel’s City Center project.
North-south streets are not numbered and include (west to east) Michigan, Shelborne, Towne, Ditch, Spring Mill, Meridian, Guilford, Rangeline, Keystone, Carey, Gray, Hazel Dell, and River. Some of these roads are continuations of corresponding streets within Indianapolis. Towne Road replaces the name Township Line Road at 96th Street, while Westfield Boulevard becomes Rangeline north of 116th Street. Meridian Street (US 31) and Keystone Parkway (formerly Keystone Avenue/SR 431) are the major thoroughfares, extending from 96th Street in the south and merging just south of 146th Street. The City of Carmel is nationally noted for having over 100 roundabouts within its borders, with even more presently under construction or planned.
Designed to promote small businesses and local artisans, Carmel’s Arts and Design District and City Center is in Old Town Carmel and flanked by Carmel High School on the east and the Monon Greenway on the west, the Carmel Arts and Design District includes the award-winning Carmel Clay Public Library, the Hamilton County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and Welcome Center and a collection of art galleries, boutiques, interior designers, cafes and restaurants. Lifelike sculptures by John Seward Johnson II, “The Normal Rockwell of American Sculpture”, ornament the streets of the district. The district hosts several annual events and festivals. Celebrating decades of automobile engineering and craftsmanship, the Carmel Artomobilia Collector Car Show showcases a vast array of classic, vintage, exotic and rare cars and art inspired by automobile design. Every September, the Carmel International Arts Festival features a juried art exhibit of artists from around the world, concerts, dance performances, and hands-on activities for children.
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