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.
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A place where rednecks thrive in the south, but perfectly normal people thrive in the north. All in all, it's pretty boring.

Most Hoosiers are Republicans and Christians. Being an atheist and a Democrat, I stick out like a sore thumb.
I live in Fishers, Indiana--aka: really boring, conservative suburb. But at least the residents in Fishers are better than the snobs that live in Carmel.
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The most useless state in all of America, even though it is a northern state about 75% of its population like to think they are from the south and try to speak like they have a southern accent but just sound like idiots. Northern Hoosiers take pride in knowing they are close to Chicago and about 50% are rednecks. Middle Indiana has about 75% rednecks, and southern Indiana has about 90% rednecks.
I am from Indiana, pretty much the worst state in America, I give it a -1 star on yelp
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America's armpit. Located between the beautiful state of Illinois and the average state of Ohio, Indiana is the laughing stock of the Midwest and the honorary recipient of the "Most Confederate Northern State" award due to their hatred of blacks and gays. In fact, the KKK was born in the State of Indiana.

Features of Indiana include America's toilet Gary in the Northwest, a lot of corn in the center, and inbred hicks populating the region south of Bloomington. Residents use Indianapolis as the state's saving grace of civilization, but it is no northern metropolis. The suburbs are full of the same hicks that populate the rest of the state - just that they are well-to-do hicks, kind of like those guys on that duck show.

Illinois and Ohio are considering proposals that would use Indiana as their official dumping ground for all waste. This would accomplish both improving the conditions of those states as well as putting Indiana out of its misery once and for all.
Illinoisan 1: "I'm thinking of driving out to New York this summer to visit a buddy."

Illinoisan 2: "Better fly instead - each minute spent in Indiana lowers your IQ by 20 points."
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Indiana can be a name too
Indiana Jones (movie)
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This name is one of the greatest names you can ever find. It has such a cool vibe to it. Like Indiana Jones, I mean who wouldn't want to be that guy? Plus, boys and girls can also be named Indiana.
Dumb Blonde 1: Who's that guy and girl?
Dumb Blonde 2: Indiana and Indiana
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small town of about 15000 close to 30000 whenever people go to college. not much to do other than sports and party. yeah a party town other than that there's nothing to do.
Billy: so what do you do in indiana?

Jacob: bitch i party!
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1. College town about 50 miles NW of Pittsburgh, PA.

2. Often confused with the state.
So Indiana University of Pennsylvania is where?
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