By BRADEN LAMMERS
For young families, Jeffersonville is one of the top 10 places to live in Indiana.
According to an analysis from nerdwallet.com, a personal finance website that performed an analytic study, Jeffersonville was ranked as the ninth best place to raise a young family in Indiana. The rankings were determined by combining a city’s GreatSchools rating, median home value, monthly homeowner costs, median household income and income change between 1999 and 2011. The home value, cost and income changes were all based off of data from the 2010 U.S. Census.
Only places with a population greater than 25,000 people were considered in the rankings, which included 37 Indiana cities and towns, according to the study.
According to the analysis, the best town for a young family in Indiana is Carmel, a north suburb of Indianapolis. Fishers, Granger, Crown Point, Greenwood, Plainfield, Valparaiso, Noblesville follow with Jeffersonville and Schererville rounding out the top 10.
The analysis looked at how affordable the region is, the options for opportunities in the area — for kids and the job market — school rankings and growth and prosperity in the region.
Among the factors listing Jeffersonville as a city in the top 10 were its top area employers, Clark Memorial Hospital and Jeffboat, and the regional access to 100 public parks and 50 golf courses.
Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said continued job growth, especially high-paying jobs, is a goal for the city. Continuing an effort to improve education in the region, improve quality of life issues — focusing largely around parks initiatives — and keeping Jeffersonville affordable are goals for the administration.
By continuing those goals, he said he believes Jeffersonville will be able to retain and attract a wide variety of employers and employees, including the high-paying jobs to match with the manufacturing and distribution centers in the region.
Moore said he was honored by Jeffersonville’s consideration in the listing and added that he is aware of the benefits the area provides for families, as it is where his family resides.
“The people of our city is what makes it such a special place,” Moore added.
To read more about the study, visit http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/2013/best-towns-indiana-young-families/.