The City of Carmel has experienced two phases of rapid population growth over the past 50 years.
First, the City was one of the fastest growing in the state during the 1980s and 1990s and people moved here for our highly rated schools, safe neighborhoods and easy access to employment in Indianapolis.
The next wave began as Carmel launched the redevelopment of many areas along the U.S. 31 corridor and the central part of the City - paving the way for more economic development and private investment.
Many also came to Carmel to enjoy the lifestyle in the growing city that was being transformed through the redevelopment efforts of Mayor Jim Brainard, who was first elected in 1995. He has transformed a deteriorating Main Street into the Arts & Design District and built a new downtown called City Center, from an abandoned strip mall. He reinvigorated investment in the area and has created a vibrant walkable central core that allows resident and businesses to thrive. This brought many new offices and corporate headquarters to Carmel, which spurred a second boost in population that included more people moving to Carmel to live, work and enjoy life. In the year 2022, that trend continues.