(2013 Ribberfest Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
(2013 Ribberfest Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
The folks at Movoto.com, a real estate blog, say Madison is among Indiana's most exciting cities.

Our city came in 10th in a ranking of the state's cities and towns.

Movoto.com used criteria including nightlife and live music venues, and active life options, such as parks and outdoor activities to measure a city's excitement factor.

The blog ranked cities across the nation.

But, back to Indiana...

The top ten, according to Movoto are:

• West Lafayette

• Valparaiso

• Crown Point

• Lafayette

• Bloomington

• Mishawaka

• Warsaw

• Chesterton

• Evansville

• Madison

Indianapolis came in 63rd on the list and Gary was last in 76th place. Crime statistics sunk both of those communities.

To create the list of the most exciting places in Indiana, the blog first used Census data to locate all places in Indiana with a population of at least 10,000.

In total, there were 76 places that met the population restriction and had data for the criteria.

Each location was then ranked from one to 76 across eight individual criteria, with one being the best possible score.

The location with the lowest aggregate rank across all criteria was crowned the winner.

What criteria were used to judge the most heart-pounding places in The Hoosier state? There were eight the majority of which were judged on a per capita basis. These were:

• Nightlife per capita (clubs, comedy, etc.)

• Live music venues per capita

• Bars per capita

• Active life options per capita (parks, outdoor activities, etc.)

• Fast Food restaurants per capita (the fewer the better)

• Percentage of restaurants that aren't fast food (the higher the better)

• Percentage of young residents ages 18 to 34 (the higher the better)

• Crime per 100,000 people

Here's what Movoto had to say about Madison:

"Rounding out our top 10 list is Madison, a city in Jefferson County along the Ohio River. Madison's nightlife and active life establishment per person made this city a must for people at the forefront of fighting boredom.

"Where could Madison have achieved more? First, the city can cleanse itself of fast food restaurants (No. 67). Second, Madison should consider bringing in some young blood. Just 19.7 percent of people in Madison are between the ages of 18 and 34 years old.