Indiana is a very pathetic place and a bad place to live in general. No part about it is even remotely progressive (although the city of Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis, is really nice) when compared to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Northern Virginia or North Carolina. Even Indianapolis itself (ironically called Naptown) isn’t very progressive either when compared to areas like Austin, Texas or Raleigh Durham, North Carolina and the like—I’m a native of Indianapolis and even saying this. First, the state’s economy is very mediocre and antiquated. There are very few high-paying or high-tech jobs. The state has lost the most jobs of anywhere except for three other states. It has too many declining Rust Belt cities. Incomes are low and not growing much (perhaps this explains the affordable cost of living). At present, many large Indiana companies are either downsizing, merging with a larger out-of-state company, being bought out, leaving the state or just going out of business all together. In my opinion, this makes Hoosierville a terrible place to do business. Secondly, education is awful while SAT/ACT and ISTEP scores are worsening. Indiana suffers from the brain drain as the state’s young and educated leave the state for attractive job opportunities in other states and do not return (I am one of them). And IPS (Indianapolis Public Schools, the state's largest school district) has the nation’s second-highest dropout rate. Thirdly, the people are very narrowminded, unmotivated and don’t want to change. Perhaps that’s why the state is in its current condition. The people would rather bitch and moan and blame their politicians than get off their lazy duff and take the personal responsibility to change anything. Fourthly--and speaking of lazy, the state ranks among the top states for diabetes, heart disease, obesity and smoking due to the unhealthy and lazy lifestyle of Hoosiers. Who can blame them, because there are not really many opportunities to get out and enjoy nature? And fifthly, it takes FOREVER to get anything done from road construction, to building something, to passing legislation.
Indiana certainly won’t be on the Forbes list of “most educated,” “hippest,” “coolest” or “fittest” places. To sum it up, Indiana is nothing but a boring, lifeless cornfield hell with unmotivated and unhealthy people, with hardly any good jobs anywhere, and nothing to do. Indiana is the largest suburb of hell!