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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
 
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We have hicks/ rednecks (there is nothing wrong with that), basketball, a pretty awesome football team, we are crazy for racing, we are the birth place of James Dean (the coolest dude ever) and Larry Bird. Corn, steel, soybeans and wheat comes in an abundant amount. We have the 12 largest city and one of the scariest one's at that (Gary) but we also make up some of the smallest cities ever that consist of two churches, some houses, a volunteer fire dept. and a park *cough cough* my town *cough*.
Its hard to drive in Indiana and not see cows, pigs, goat or chickens.

It's a pretty state though, most of the time. We are growing in the sports area big time. We have farms everywhere and us small town kids for Indiana can kick anyones butt, so don't mess with a Hoosier, we might not be all that famous of a state but trust me you don't want to make one of us mad (it's been proven most Hoosiers have Irish in them.)
Indiana will be holding the 2012 super-bowl!
by Gretchen Wilson April 19, 2010
 
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A state in the USA. Most peope believe Indiana is full of red necks. That is not true, for Indiana people do not have hick accents the way people interpret. Indiana people are simply strong in their family, towns, neighborhood, school, and the entire state. We aren't that big on the NBA but college basketball is a very big deal to us. We love the NFL and college football. Then NASCAR as well. Anything else, we don't really care, and that's the way it should be for every state because no other sports matter.
Joey: "some guy was driving through Indiana the other day and started some stuff up, calling us a bunch of tools. So Mike and some others started to wail on him."

Alex: "Mike? Don't you hate Mike?"

Joey: "Yeah, but when someone disgraces Indiana, it doesn't matter. We team up, cause we're not jerks like that."
by thatonechickyousawonetime March 26, 2011
 
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Indiana is a state full of sweet, humble, thoughtful, courteous and intelligent people. It has gas stations and shopping malls just like every other state everywhere but luckily people don't act like they're too cool to live here and they're destined for bigger things like some kind of dipshit character from Footloose. Yes the KKK was here at one time, but so was the Levi Coffin House, known as "The Grand Central Station of the Underground Railroad" so suck it, whitey! We have the dunes, the East Race Waterway, multiple state parks and forests such as Turkey Run and Mounds State Parks, quaint rural towns, the art and bicycling community of Lake Wynona, metropolitan areas such as Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, the amazing architecture of Columbus, a beautiful resort in French Lick. More importantly here's what we're not: We're not some city that a bunch of people decided was cool, left their home states for and caused overpopulation and rent hikes. We're not full of trendy assholes, so that's pretty nice for us. Leaving your town to go somewhere that other people made cool just makes you a follower and you can't claim responsibility. While you are here, make the place you live better, that would be an actual accomplishment and a contribution to your community.
I attend and participate in events and take vacations in my home state of Indiana because I care about the place where I live and am not a waste of a human being.
by WoWzErS! April 24, 2013
 
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Most boring state in the United States of America that I have lived in my whole life.
John thought Indiana was so boring that he decided to move to Florida after he graduated high school.
by eagle71 January 04, 2012
 
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The act of pushing your girlfriend down the stairs and screaming "YEEHAAW".
I'm going to indiana you babe.
by Jeremi Frantz January 30, 2008
 
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A state in the center of the Mid-West known for it's corn.
The people of Indiana, known as Hoosiers, are stereotyped as Hicks. However, most of us hoosiers act just like regular people (at least in central Indiana, I'm pretty sure you'll find some Hicks in Northern and Sounthern Indiana). We're very important for most of the country's popcorn comes from us, we have one of the world's best children hospital and we have an incredible art museum. Most people on Urban Dictionary say this but they insist that all the hicks are from Kentucky, those people are hypocrites for insisting that their stereotype is false by stereotyping another type of people.
I take pride in being from Indiana, I take pride in being a Hoosier.
by It'sAsh June 13, 2009
 
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Indiana can be a name too
Indiana Jones (movie)
by just me July 03, 2003