Carmel, Indiana


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Carmel is located just north of Indianapolis, the capital city of the state of Indiana.  Paleo-Indians had inhabited this area for at least 10,000 years prior to European exploration.  Between 1400 and 1450, this part of the country had Miami, Shawnee, Piankeshaw, Wyandot, Delaware, and French fur trapping presences.  Finally, in 1805, the Delaware “relinquished” the land to US General William Henry Harrison, who at the time was the governor of the Indiana Territory.  Later in life, Harrison would become president of the United States, for a month, prior to his death.

The town of Carmel, Indiana itself began as ‘Bethlehem’ in 1837.  Its settlers were mostly Quakers.  Eventually they would agree on another biblical name for their settlement, Carmel.  It was officially renamed Carmel in 1874, which was the same year the city was officially incorporated.

Today, according to a 2014 estimate by the US Census Bureau, the city of Carmel, Indiana has a total population of 85,927 people.  This makes it the fifth most populous city in the state of Indiana.  Carmel’s metropolitan area, according to that same 2014 estimate, has a total population of 2,414,639 people.  This makes it the 23rd most populous metropolitan area in the country.

Carmel, Indiana prides itself on a number of accolades.  For example, in 2014 the town was voted #3 best place to live in the nation by Money Magazine.  Perhaps more impressive, however, is Carmel’s 2012 distinction of getting voted #1 best place to live by CNN Money Magazine.  In another bizarre twist of fate, Carmel has also dubbed itself “the unofficial roundabout capital of the United States.”  This is due to the over 94 roundabouts which can be found in the area.  The city boasts about these roundabouts, because, according to their reports, “the addition of roundabouts has reduced the number of accidents by 40% and the number of accidents with injuries by 80%.”

Carmel, Indiana is home to several corporations’ headquarters.  These corporations include Allegion, CNO Financial Group, MISO, Delta Faucet, and ITT Technical Institute.  Elsewhere in Carmel, there are three buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  One of these is John Kinzer House.  Carmel Monon Depot, which was added to the register in 2013, is a late Victorian Depot Museum and historic train station.  It was originally built by the Monon Railroad in 1883.  Thornhurst Addition is listed on the register but is also considered a U.S. Historic district as well.  Developed between 1956 and 1971, this ‘addition’ “encompasses 21 buildings and one contributing site…and includes notable examples of Modern Movement style architecture designed by Avriel Shull.”

There are no professional sporting franchises located immediately within the Carmel, Indiana area.  Carmel does, however, host the annual Rollfast Gran Fondo, which remains Indiana’s sole Gran Fondo.  The Rollfast Gran Fondo is a cycling event attracting both professional and amateur cyclists.  It also boasts 3 route options varying in length.  The city also hosts a Farmers Market, which was founded in 1998.  It features one of the largest varieties of vendors in the state.  In 2012, this Farmers Market attracted 60,000 visitors to the city.

Do you own a small business in the Carmel, Indiana area?  Are you thinking about starting up such an endeavor?  These resources could prove invaluable to you and your needs:

Apply for a Business License in Carmel, Indiana

Doing Business in Carmel, Indiana

One Zone | Carmel-Fishers, IN (Chamber of Commerce)

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Speedy Vinyl Graphics
Indianapolis, IN
Bill Derbes

DG Graphics
Martinsville, IN

High Hope Signs & Graphics
Morristown, IN
Matt Gross