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.
#midwest #rust belt #corn belt #hoosier #great lakes
by krock1dk May 26, 2008
One of those states OVERTHERE
So you don't know or care where Indiana is either?
by Aaron July 06, 2003
1. Suburb of Chicago
2. Home of the Indianapolis 500 where a bunch of guys drive around in cirles for 500 miles
3. Home to belching, polluting steel plants
4. Birthplace of Michael Jackson
I wuz in the infield of the indy 500 atop a pile of homespun steel not too far from Chicago when I noticed a guy doin' the moon walk
by grunkster July 03, 2003
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.
#corn #kkk #racist #mid-west #state
by TofuDog September 25, 2006
home of crazy basketball fans, farmers, the hood in gary, the crappy city of indianapolis, and lots of drug trafficing
indiana is the sterotype of the midwest
by StatesDude March 31, 2004
The Armpit of the Midwest
"I'm from Indiana."
"Oh, I'm sorry."
by Not From Indiana (Thank God) July 03, 2003
Indiana is a popular Swedish slang word for "Hello"

Indiana is used mainly in the popular cities such as Gothenburg, Malmo.

The slang word, Indiana, is only used by the most notorious and classey Swedes.
Swed 1: Indiana! how's den gående?
Swed 2: Jag er brunn hur omkring du?
#indiana #hello #swedish #slang #cool
by Its a hit! August 30, 2009
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