Person 2: "You know, all Carmel people aren't rich"
Person 1: "Whatever"
2. A city in fast-growing Hamilton County, Indiana (pronounced CAR-MUHL)and a posh suburb of Indianapolis. It is much larger than the California city with the exact same name. It is one of the fastest-growing communities in Indiana (above 30,000 that is) and one of the fastest-growing in the Midwest. It had a population of just 28,000 in 1990, up to 38,000 in 2000, and a special census in 2007 recorded approximately 85,000. The city is experiencing growing pains. Carmel is in the process of annexing Clay Township, due to heavy growth. Its population growth requires its sewers to be upgraded. It was considered just a bedroom community for Indianapolis for many years, but things are quickly changing. It has gained thousands of jobs and population in just a few years as companies expand or even relocate to the area. It was ranked as one of America's top 25 best places to live according to Forbes Magazine in 2006.
Carmel is most famous for its beach, which is one of the few left in California that allows unleashed dogs. This results in a large number of territorial, dog-obsessed old ladies walking the beach at all hours of the day, screaming at tourists/adolescents who use the beach for non-dog related purposes.
Carmel is also known for its shopping. Its main street, Ocean Ave, is packed full with art galleries and jewelery shops: the only shops capable of supporting the city's expensive rent. Nobody who lives in Carmel can afford to shop there, instead going to Monterey or Seaside for those things that Carmel lacks, such as food or clothing.
Carmel houses a number of special events that always attract a fair amount of tourism. The Bach Festival celebrates great musicianship and is held at the gorgeous arts theater, the Sunset Center. In July, rich men come from all parts of the world bringing their never-driven, hourly waxed, and extremely loud antiquated cars for Carmel's car show and race, the Tour de Elegance. Carmel's Forest Theatre runs performances throughout the year, and has remarkably excellent shows, considering the Monterey Bay's small population.
With all this in mind, it is surprising to think that Carmel has such things like a city council, church, school, local newspaper, and local radio station (AM 1416, KRML). Clint Eastwood was once the mayor of Carmel-by-the-sea, giving Carmel's undeserved reputation of being packed with Hollywood celebrities. More notable figures in Carmel history include San Junipero and Bill Bates, who draws cartoons of Carmel but can't afford to live there.
Carmel has been compared to paradise, and given names such as "the jewel of California," just like all the other expensive, boring, beach towns in California.
Tourist: Which way's the beach?
Local: Up this very steep hill.
Beach walker 1: How dare you bring a pit bull down to the beach?!
Beach walker 2: She's a boxer!
Beach walker 1: I won't stand for any aggressiveness down here, do you hear me?
Beach walker 2: You're a dog-nazi!
Tourist: How much is the lemonade?
Seller: That'll be six dollars.
Tourist: That's outrageous! Do you take 100 dollar bills?
Tourist: Do you live here?
Local: Yes, ma'am.
Tourist: Oh, and you're a student, at the local library, with a backpack and everything! How cute! Can I take your picture?