Discover the 6 Most Educated Places in Indiana

Bloomington Indiana University entrance to college campus
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Written by Joyce Nash

Published: February 5, 2024

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With world-renowned schools like Indiana University and Purdue University, the Hoosier state produces some smart cookies. But which Indiana cities are home to the highest percentage of college graduates? Keep reading to discover the six most educated places in Indiana.

6. Tippecanoe County

Purdue University archway entrance, IN

Located in West Lafayette, Purdue University stretches for over 2,500 acres.

Home to Purdue University — the state’s largest college campus, — Tippecanoe County is located in west-central Indiana. In Tippecanoe County, 22.5% of residents have obtained at least a bachelors degree. The main cities in the county are Lafayette and West Lafayette, which are separated by the Wabash River.

In Lafayette and West Lafayette, residents can enjoy a host of athletic events, concerts, and festivals each year. The cities’ downtown areas blend together across the river to create a thriving district full of restaurants, breweries, and shops. Just north of the cities, Prophetstown State Park is a popular spot for hiking and exploring.

5. Bartholomew County

Bartholomew County Courthouse, columbus, Indiana

The Bartholomew County Courthouse, located in Columbus, Indiana, is a must-see structure for architecture enthusiasts.

About an hour south of Indianapolis, Bartholomew County is one of the most educated places in Indiana with 23.8% of residents having earned a bachelors degree or higher. The seat of Bartholomew County is Columbus, which was named the “2022 Community of the Year” by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Columbus, Indiana is a hub for interesting and unexpected architecture, and the city’s eye-catching structures draw tourists from across the country. In addition, Columbus takes pride in its public art and features several sculptures and paintings throughout the city. Destinations like Mill Race Park and Irwin Gardens provide plenty of options for outdoor activities.

4. Hendricks County

Downtown Plainfield offers shopping and restaurants a short distance from Indianapolis.

Sitting to the west of Indianapolis, Hendricks County is not only one of the state’s fastest-growing areas, it is also among its most educated with 25.3% of residents holding bachelors degrees or higher. Although it is a short drive to Indianapolis, Hendricks County residents have plenty of options for activities close to home.

Every year, the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex hosts the Indiana Guitar Show, the biggest musical event in the state. In addition, the county hosts the annual National Powwow, a four-day event celebrating Native American culture through workshops, demonstrations, artwork, and crafts.

3. Monroe County

Bloomington Indiana University entrance to college campus

The Sample Gates welcome students and visitors to Indiana University in Monroe County.

Home to Indiana University Bloomington — one of the state’s most beautiful college campuses — Monroe County has a bachelors degree attainment rate of 27.6%. Monroe County is located about an hour south of Indianapolis and offers the vibrancy of a bustling college town along with rural communities nestled in the state’s scenic beauty.

In Bloomington, residents can enjoy a variety of concerts, museums, and events. A short distance from Indiana University, the city’s downtown is lined with restaurants and shops. For outdoor enthusiasts, Monroe County offers several options for hiking, biking, and boating at destinations like Morgan-Monroe State Forest and Wapehani Mountain Bike Park.

2. Boone County

Boone County historic courthouse in Lebanon, Indiana

The historic Boone County Court House is located in the county seat of Lebanon, Indiana.

Among Indiana’s fastest growing areas is Boone County, where 31.3% of residents have obtained at least a bachelors degree. The main cities in Boone County are Zionsville and Lebanon, although there are several additional townships and communities.

Zionsville is home to several art galleries as well as the SullivanMunce Cultural Center which offer a variety of exhibits and events. In Lebanon, residents can take in a show at the Center Stage Community Theater or learn about the area’s history at one of the town’s many historic sites.

1. Hamilton County

The Monon Trail at Main St. in Carmel

The Monon Trail is a popular destination in Hamilton County for walking and biking.

Situated north of Indianapolis, Hamilton County is home to eight incorporated cities, including Carmel, Noblesville, Westfield, and Fishers. This area is home to nearly two dozen schools that have been recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. In Hamilton County, 38% of the population has obtained a bachelors degree or higher, making it the most educated county in Indiana. 

Carmel is the fifth largest city in Indiana by size, stretching for nearly 50 square miles in southern Hamilton County. The city’s Center for the Performing Arts and Palladium Concert Hall hosts world-class symphony orchestras and jazz bands. In addition, Carmel provides access to the Monon Trail, a paved walkway connecting Hamilton County to Indianapolis.

Summary of the Most Educated Places in Indiana

#1Hamilton County
#2Boone County
#3Monroe County
#4Hendricks County
#5Bartholomew County
#6Tippecanoe County

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About the Author

Joyce Nash is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel and geography. She has almost a decade of writing experience. Her background ranges from journalism to farm animal rescues and spans the East Coast to the West. She is based in North Carolina, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two cats.

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