The Hoosier State. The Crossroads of America. A quaint Midwest/Great Lakes State that has just as many nice areas as cornfields and manufacturing plants. Indianapolis is the capital and largest city, and 12th largest in the U.S. No other city in Indiana comes even remotely close to being rivaled in size, culture and commerce. Other population centers are in the Chicago suburbs, Fort Wayne, South Bend-Mishawaka and Evansville. Indiana is fairly diverse with both rich and poor communities and in between. The town of Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis, is probably the state’s nicest and most affluent and fastest growing, but the city of Gary--near Chicago--is the epitome of rust belt decline, grime and grit and urban decay.

To say that Indiana is a hick state is hogwash. It has no more hicks than any other state. Most of them live generally south of Bloomington. There are also a number of hicks of Kentucky descent in the Indianapolis area. The state's 6.5 million Hoosiers (14th in population) are generally average people who live in small towns, sizeable communities and their suburbs. Most Hoosiers live within just a few hours drive from large Midwest metropolitan areas: Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Lousiville, St. Louis, Columbus and even Detroit. Very few states have that distinction. The Indianapolis area has tons of suburban soccer moms who live on cul-de-sacs, drive SUVs and hog the road. Hoosiers are generally conservative and often divided in loyalty between Purdue University basketball and Indiana University. The term Hoosier Hysteria describes Indiana’s love of basketball and was depicted in the movie Hoosiers. March is a huge month in the state during tournament season. Auto racing, however, is the state’s biggest sport by dollars. The Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400 are held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and are the 2 largest single-day sporting events in the world. With the emerging success of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, support for the Colts has recently overshadowed that of the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. In fact, Indianapolis will host the Super Bowl in 2012.

Indiana has pros and cons just like every state. Perhaps the state’s biggest con, however, is its regression. It takes forever to get anything done—anything from road construction to passing important legislation. Indiana ranks poorly in education. The state ranks like 40th in education, and Indianapolis Public Schools (the state’s largest public school district) enrollment is on the decline and has the second-highest dropout rate in the country. ISTEP scores are also worsening year by year. The state is lacking in innovation and creativity, making the brain drain a serious problem. Many young people are moving to other states when they graduate from college to take higher paying jobs that offer a future. Indiana has also lost a lot of manufacturing jobs—more than only a few other states. The state has not yet been able to produce better, higher paying jobs to replace those lost, and poor education is the largest factor. Property taxes are also high, considering its regression and low cost of living. Indiana is blessed with so much potential, but hasn’t live up to it very much.
Indiana is a quaint state in general but not all bad depending on where you live—better than Michigan, Ohio, and all those Great Plains Sates and inbred Southern states. It is the fastest growing state in the Midwest by population, but I guess that’s not important.
by krock1dk May 26, 2008
the armpit of America. gary Indiana is in Indiana, and its nasty and dirty as hell
GUY 1: lets go to Gary, Indiana.
GUY 2: i dont want to go to the armpit of America.
by fofo July 07, 2004
A Midwest state with 6.4 million residents, but only 60 last names. Indianapolis is the capital and largest city.
Indiana calls itself the Crossroads of America to those who live there, but is the road to nowhere if you don't.
by krock1dk May 24, 2008
A Midwestern state of excessive whining from 6.3 million sorry ass people who have no life but to complain about anything and everything, even if it behooves their state. Most of their whining is based on pure laziness and ignorance, proving Hoosiers are anitquated and don't really know what they want because they are afraid of change. Unfortunately, this makes my home state of Indiana a laughingstock. They complain about the bad and complain about the good. They complain about EVERYTHING. They want to have their cake and eat it too. The state is where NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) is a disease and impeading progress. This is the typical Hoosier mindset:

1. They complain that there's allegedly no jobs in the State but then complain when a company wants to invest in the State saying, "it isnt enough" or "it will ruin the environment" or that "Indiana is the 'last place' a company should bring jobs to."

2. They complain about their politicians but then continuously re-elect them.

3. They complain that Indiana's politicans are shortsighted and antiquated but then complain when Mitch Daniels, the current Governor, wants to make changes and modernize the state's infrastructure.

4. They complain of the alleged bad quality of roads but then complain when construction occurs to improve them.

5. They complain of the "lack" of money to maintain the roads but then complain about their tax dollars having to pay for improvements.

6. They complain about Indiana not having an interstate that goes southwest to Evansville but then complain it will "ruin the environment" or "only save XX minutes of commuting time to/from Indianapolis" or that "it will cost too many tax dollars" to build the needed freeway.

7. They complain the state is wasting money but then complain when the Governor privatizes the Toll Road to do it.

8. They complain the state's infrastructure is antiquated but then complain when Governor Daniels brings changes that will behoof the state.

9. They complain the state's leaders break campaign promises and can't be trusted but then complain when Governor Daniels does everything he promised he would.

10. They complain that the state relies too much on manufacturing but then complain when manufacturing jobs are lost to high-tech automation.

11. Indianapolis area residents complain about the lack of lightrail but then complain taxes will be used to pay for it or "ridership won't be enough" or "Indy isnt dense enough"

12. They complain about the presence of too much government but then complain of a police merger (IndyWorks!)in Indianapolis to decrease it.

13. They complain about the bad quality of schools but then complain that taxes will be used to improve them.

14. They complain about how small and antiquated the RCA Dome in Indianapolis is but then complain when taxes are used to build a new stadium (Lucas Oil Stadium).

Indiana residents have no life and have nothing to do but complain about everything, even when it behooves the state. Indiana: the Capital of whining. What do you people think your tax dollars are for?
by krock1dk December 07, 2007
Commonly mistaken for a state, Indiana is actually a sexual activity regarding the insertion of the american flag into someones rectum.
What time is it? It's INDIANA TIME! Bend over baby, show president bush where his country is headed!
by j-mo-fucka July 03, 2003
A state in the mid west that is full of racist kkk members. It is believed that this state belongs in the deep sounth between Alabama and Arkansas.

Indiana is a flat, green, humid, corn-pone state.
When I was in Indiana, I joined the KKK and ate corn.
by TofuDog September 25, 2006
Terrible place to live for the most part. However, the birth place of AXL ROSE! Also, to the guy who said Kokomo was the huge KKK meeting, I thought that was Elwood, IN?
Guy: Where you from?
Me: Indiana :(
Guy: Indiana has produced nothing good. Ever.
Me: Bitch, AXL ROSE!!!!
by Jackson Townshend November 19, 2005
One of those states OVERTHERE
So you don't know or care where Indiana is either?
by Aaron July 06, 2003

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