Where does Indy rank? Website says Circle City one of best downtowns in nation

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 2, 2015) – Indianapolis has one of the best downtown areas in the nation.

That’s according to the website Livability.com.

So what were they looking for?

As always, we start with our focus on small to mid-sized cities, and we dive into the data. Our analysis took into consideration increasing housing values and populations to find cities that are growing and thriving. We looked for areas with new construction because cranes are often a great sign of economic and cultural recovery. We found downtowns with vibrant arts scenes and walkable streets… Finally, our well-traveled editors weighed in with their own opinions. The data drives our short list, but our journalistic judgment helps determine the final rankings.

The website ranked cities using the following criteria:

  • Vacancy rate
  • Population increase since 2010
  • Percentage of new homeowners
  • Daytime population
  • Projected median household income
  • Walk Score
  • Entertainment options
  • Arts/Cultural attractions

Indianapolis ranked third on the list. The website chose the Canal, Cultural Trail and Mass Ave District as some of the Circle City’s highlights.

Here’s the website’s overview on downtown Indy:

The number of people living in downtown Indianapolis, Ind., is on track to double by 2020. It’s easy to see why young professionals and families are attracted to the area, which includes revitalized historic neighborhoods, new luxury condos and loft apartments overlooking the Central Canal. Living downtown puts people within walking distance to restaurants, entertainment districts, professional sports venues and parks.

Here’s the top 10:

  1. Pittsburgh, PA
  2. Minneapolis, MN
  3. Indianapolis, IN
  4. Greenville, SC
  5. Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Alexandria, VA
  7. Fargo, ND
  8. Lincoln, NE
  9. Somerville, MA
  10. Evanston, IL

Source: Livability.com