Fortune just recently released their 2023 list of the best places for families to live in the entire country and only one Indiana town made the cut. Do you think you know which one?

As someone who was born and raised here in Indiana, and plan to repeat that with my children, I can honestly say that I'm proud of my home. Granted, I know everyone's situation is different growing up, but I don't think that Indiana is a bad place to raise a family. Aside from the weather we have here sometimes, Indiana has a lot to offer families. However, it seems like outsiders disagree.

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Fortune has released its 2023 list of the best places for families to live in the United States. Surprisingly, only one Indiana town made this list, and it's not even a town that you would probably suspect. Now, before I get into that, I must first say that I believe that there are way more than two cities in Indiana that are great for families. I mean if it was good enough to be Lincoln's boyhood home, it is good enough for everyone else, right?

According to Fortune, they evaluated about 1,900 cities, towns, suburbs, exurbs, villages, and townships and each had about 20,000 residents or more. They looked at the following metrics to determine which towns are the 50 best for families: education, aging resources, general wellness, financial health, and livability. So, now that we got all of that out of the way, let's find out which Indiana town made the list.

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One Indiana Town Makes the List of Best Places for Families in 2023

Fortune says that the 41st best place for families in the United States is Lawrence, Indiana. This is, once again, the only Indiana town to make this list. Probably not what you were expecting, right? Honestly, Lawrence is a place that I have seen in passing while traveling to Indianapolis, but I have never really been to it. Lawrence is about 11 miles from downtown Indianapolis. The town plays host to a series of events—“A Lawrence Christmas” among them, featuring ice-skating, tree-lighting, and a holiday parade.

The town was once home to a now-decommissioned military base,  Fort Benjamin Harrison. You can learn more about that, and the town of Lawrence by checking out the video below.

So, what do you think? Is this the best town in Indiana for families? Or do you feel like more Indiana towns should have been represented in Fortune's list?

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