The Hoosier State. Calls itself the Crossroads of America due to its Central location in the Midwest and Great Lakes. Indianapolis is its capital and largest city (also the 12th largest in the U.S. in the city proper only). Other major population centers include the Calumet region next door to Chicago, Ft. Wayne, South Bend-Mishawaka and Evansville. It has a population of almost 6.4 million people and ranks 15th in population.

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!
Indiana is about the sorriest place a human being could ever live or want to visit.
by krock1dk April 25, 2008
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The Cross-Roads of America. The state that lies between Ohio ,Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan. The state is quaint and known for the Indianapolis 500 and the residents' fervant love of basketball. Considered by many to be a nowhere hole in the wall for rednecks etc., but oh well. And is also the namesake for one of the coolest film heroes of all time, Indiana Jones. Admit it, that sounds alot better than Kentucky Slim, New York Paul or California Fag.
I flew over Indiana on my way to Denver.
by Tbone July 03, 2003
basketball country
Hoosiers
by Alex July 02, 2003
Considered the "Cross Roads of America." It is known for basketball, corn, and racing, but is now known for football, running, and other sports as well. People from Indiana are called "Hoosiers" (see definition) and are percieved as sleepy red-necks (not always accurate). It is a very agriculturally rich part of the United States.
I am from the wonderful state of Indiana.
by Michael Johnson February 06, 2004
Place where I live. Is famous for corn, racing, and michael jackson. Unfortunatly. People often think there is nothing here but corn, but they are deeply mistaken. We are often referred to as red necks but the red necks are in kentucky not Indiana.
i live in indianapolis
by meg March 06, 2005
Commonly known for: corn, basketball, Michael Jackson, James Dean, long drives, insane weather, racing and some rednecks. There is a lot more in Indiana. Good original music and some of the nicest people you will ever meet live here. It's often considered a boring state but if you really just want to have a relaxed weekend, go kick it back with the Hoosiers.
Indiana, America's gut.
by Frizzle Fry May 07, 2008
A midwestern state that has as many nice areas as cornfields and steel mills, and ghettos. There are many definitions on here that mention the rednecks, well I'm from the region(northwest) and there are all kinds of people here only a small percentage of rednecks. I guess that the rest of the state is different. The Indiana Dunes are beautiful and we are close enough to Chicago to commute for work or fun. It isn't the most beautiful state but it's not all bad.
You can have fun in Indiana
by Anule October 10, 2006
A state in the Midwest region of the U.S. Bordered by Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and the likes of Michigan. Known as the "Hoosier State," its name is often mistakingly referred to as its largest city of Indianapolis by outsiders from the Midwest (except those from Michigan) who are too stupid to know the difference between Indiana and Indianapolis. It ranks 14th in population with over 6 million residents. It is often stereotyped as a place of rednecks (some believe it to have the most of any midwest state), corn, covered bridges and homes with a basketball hoop adjacent to a gigantic cornfield. The real Indiana, although with a lot of corn ranks #1 in the production of steel (Gary), popcorn, mint, tomatoes, musical instuments, caskets, recreational vehicles (RVs), pharmacueticals and truck bodies. Other important things about Indiana is its love for basketball and auto racing. "Hoosier hysteria" is the term that describes its craze for the sport. The Indy 500 in Indianapolis is the world's largest single-day sporting event. The Brickyard 400, also in Indianapolis is the 2nd largest race in the NASCAR circuit.

Indiana's capital and largest city is Indianapolis. It is the 12th largest largest city in the U.S. with 792,000 in its city limits and 1.7 million in the metro area. Indy is not Napt-town anymore. It is in the midst of a huge renneisance and Carmel is perhaps its most well-known suburb, known for its posh setting. No other city in Indiana can come remotely close to being rivaled in size, culture and commerce.

Gary is the steel-manufacturing center of the country and is considered a Chicago suburb. Gary is perhaps the epitome of urban blight and decay and is among the most dangerous cities in the country notoriuos for its violence and poverty.

The rest of Indiana is pretty low-key and conservative. Fort Wayne is OK. South Bend has Notre Dame University. West Lafayette is known for Purdue University, while Bloomington is the home of Indiana University. Indiana residents are often divided in loyalty among college sports fans between Purdue and Indiana.

Indiana is pretty average as far as state's go. It's not too big, not too small. Not overly populated and not sparsely populated. It's a pretty good state, all-in-all and is much better than its neighbor to the north in Michigan and not as many rednecks as its southern neighbor Kentucky.
Indiana is my home and I am proud to be a Hoosier.
by darrenkrkc March 21, 2007

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