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
1. College town about 50 miles NW of Pittsburgh, PA.

2. Often confused with the state.
So Indiana University of Pennsylvania is where?
by bob921 June 27, 2005
A state that is very bland, boring, and dull in most areas. Many people also claim that people from Indiana and other states in the region have no intelligence and are "hicks", lazy, or stupid. This is not always true. There are, however, some nice cities in Indiana that are actually rather interesting, such as Nashville, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, and if you look hard enough, French Lick. Again, there is a large amount of corn in Indiana. It is a state mostly for living, so you pretty much have to move elsewhere if you're looking for something more.
I live in Indiana and am tired of the many cornfields and stereotypes.
by Snake of Doom August 23, 2009
Indiana: One: A state known for its corn and soy fields
Two: Michael Jackson's home
Three: A place where Indiana people tend to escape, while others from pennsylvania somehow want to move to
Four: Home to a lot of white people, a little minority, and some illegal aliens
One: I was drving to Evansville and the whole time all I saw was corn fields and john deer tractors.
Two: Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana
Three: My cousin moved to Pennsylvania five years ago, while one of her classmates moved to her hometown, Evansville, the year after she moved there.
Four:He looked around the classroom, noticing everyone except him and Jairo were white, and the fact that though they both looked well-off and well-spoken, they came from Mexico three years prior.
by Sleep-Deprived Indy-Mex July 14, 2009
Perfect for close minded racist whites. Hell on earth for everyone else.
Mom: *with disgust* "Oh, so your engaged to a black guy?

Daughter: He has a Ph.D in International Law and he works for the UN, in New York City!

Mom: Yeah, but he's black and this isn't New York its Indiana!!!
by LeTronique April 18, 2011
1. The stupidest state in the country.

2. The short bus of the midwest.
I'm from Indiana so I spell potatoe with an e on the end.

I'm from Indiana and we don't sell alcohol on Sunday because it's the Lord's day.
by HoosierMama February 12, 2011
A state somewhere in the middle of the US. They have Nascar stuff there.
Indiana is cool.
by fedzMONKEY July 03, 2003
the most "southern" state in the north. people talk like blue collar comedy and paula deen. are a bunch of hicks from small towns and act like chicago is not a big deal, for some reason. they brag their asses off and complain about everything. ultra-conservative tea-party types. also home to kkk and the indy 500.
indiana is a really inbred hick state.
by larry154 July 01, 2010

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