Mishawaka First Runner-Up in Indiana Businessweek's Annual Ranking of the Best Places to Raise Your Kids

Mayor Jeff Rea announced today that the City of Mishawaka was ranked second in the State of Indiana by Business Week Magazine in their annual ranking of the best places to raise your kids. Mishawaka was runner-up to Fishers, and just ahead of Carmel.

According to businessweek.com, the selections were limited to towns that had at least 45,000 residents and a median income between $40,000 and $125,000. Data used included school performance, number of schools, household expenditures, crime rates, air quality, job growth, family income, museums, parks, theaters, other amenities and diversity. Affordability, safety, and test scores were given the greatest weight.

Mayor Rea commented- “Mishawaka residents have long known that this is a great community to raise a family. We are excited that others have also recognized this and we are honored to make the Business Week list. What is notable is that we compete with many suburban areas that are new by City infrastructure standards, with significantly higher median incomes, and virtually no poverty. It is a testament to our citizens, our City leaders, and City employees that Mishawaka ranks high on this list. I also think that it is important to note that this ranking was not something that the City applied for, it is solely based on Businessweek’s research and rankings.”

Although many from outside of the community view Mishawaka as a regional area of commerce, the City also prides itself on strong, safe, and affordable residential neighborhoods. The City’s motto is “Working together to build the best hometown in America”. To view the article and check out the best Cities around the country, go to www.businessweek.com and search on best places to raise your kids.