Column: Meet your new neighbor


Commentary by Becky Falvey

Welcome to Carmel!

You’re new here. So am I. We’ve got lots to figure out, like places to eat, things to do, stuff you need done and things you need to find, and the list goes on.


First things first. Let’s make sure you’re saying it right. Carmel, Indiana — is pronounced KAR-muhl. Maybe that’s old news for you, but it’s not something you want to get wrong.

Carmel has experienced wild growth of late, doubling its population in a 15-year span from around 48,000 people in 2003 to nearly 100,000 in 2018. That might mean different things to different people, but in the context of this column, it means there are a lot of other new people around you.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by IU’s Indiana Business Research Center, Carmel added nearly 3,000 new people in 2016. In 2018, there were slightly fewer newbies, about 1,500. The point is, you’re not alone.

In this column, I’ll write about the stuff you need to know and things you might want to consider as a new Carmel resident. I’ll share resources and information that have helped me make (and continue to make) the transition to Carmel and should help you make yours.

Some topics I plan to cover include:

• Family dining: Where and when kids eat free, deals and meals you can’t miss.

• What to do: What’s happening and where, how to navigate the dizzying number of events and activities in your new hometown.

• Creating your community: Finding and making grown-up and kid friends, profiles of other new Carmel residents.

Carmel and its surrounding communities are used to new people. Still, you might have to remind some that you’re not from here—like those who might “explain” an important detail by saying “it’s just like last year…”

Becky Falvey is a recent transplant from Cincinnati. She and her husband, two children and dog relocated to Carmel for her husband’s job.

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