A rich and vibrant atmosphere makes Carmel a great place to live and work. In fact, more people come to Carmel to work during the day, than sleep there at night. One of the best business addresses in the country is the Meridian Corridor in Carmel, the second largest concentration of office workers in the state of Indiana.
Many families have chosen Carmel as their home because of its excellent public school system. Carmel Clay Public School District has 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, and one high school. Carmel High School also boasts the highest number of State IHSAA athletic championships and more than 90% of its graduates continue their education. Carmel Clay Schools, accommodating students grades K-12, consistently exceed in scholastic, artistic and athletic achievements.
Carmel has much to offer when it comes to recreational opportunities. Country roads flow through picturesque towns and villages lined with antique shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants. From vintage cafes and diners to elegant eateries, Carmel has something to satisfy most any taste bud. With Hamilton County being the pottery capital of Central Indiana, the city houses three nationally renowned pottery makers. Family entertainment includes riding the rails on the authentic Monon diesel and Nickel Plate steam trains at the Indiana Transportation Museum.
On a hot, steamy summer day, the Carmel Pool offers families a cool respite. Ice skating is a year-round activity at the Carmel Ice Stadium. The Monon Trail, a scenic walking path, is a Carmel family favorite that winds its way from the far north side, through the heart of Carmel and ends in downtown Indianapolis. Runners, walkers, bikers and roller bladers take advantage of the wonderful convenience the trail provides.
Tennis enthusiasts can test their skills at the Carmel Racquet Club. Baseball, basketball and soccer facilities for all age levels are also available. And the greens are ready for any level golfer on Carmel's seven golf courses. For fitness training, many residents enjoy any of the several outstanding, family-friendly health club and indoor sports facilities.
Carmel residents also enjoy a rich mix of culture and art. The Carmel Community Players provide live dramatic musical presentations that expand and develop creative opportunities for the entire community. Since 1976, the Carmel Symphony Orchestra has entertained Carmel and Hamilton County audiences of all ages. Nearby Noblesville is home to the Verizon Wireless Music Center. Summer nights are fueled by this nationally recognized amphitheater, with some of the music industry's most talented performers entertaining more than 23,000 visitors in a rolling countryside setting.
Named after Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton County has a population of approximately 175,000 and covers an area of 400 square miles. The county was organized in 1823 when it was largely agricultural and much less populated. Today, Hamilton County features some of the finest residential areas of the state, a flourishing economy, excellent business development and numerous recreational facilities.
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