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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Let’s get these common misconceptions straight:

1. Hoosiers as its people are called are NOT all hicks, like ignorant morons from the coasts think. Indiana has no more hicks than any other state. Hoosiers are average people who live in small towns, sizeable communities and their suburbs. But the hicks it DOES have are in the far southern third of the state, mostly south of Bloomington. Its 6 million residents are for the most part conservative but not anymore backwards than anywhere else. In fact, Carmel and the rest of Hamilton County, just north of Indianapolis, is very posh and among the richest areas in the Midwest and one of the fastest-growing counties by population in the country. Indianapolis is the capital and 12th largest city in the country while Gary is a black, crime-ridden hole and among America’s worst cities. Indianapolis is vibrant and progressive, generally speaking and more so than most large Midwest cities (except Chicago). It has spent billions of dollars revitalizing its downtown and has become the poster-child or urban revitalization. It is the fastest-growing metro area in the Midwest and Indiana is the fastes-growing state in the Midwest by population.

2. There IS more than corn in Indiana. Other agricultural products include soybeans (#3 in the country), mint, tomatoes, swine and poultry. Forests cover much of southern Indiana. Indiana has more covered bridges than any state, mostly in the south.

3. It is NOT part of the Rust Belt, like Michigan or Ohio. Much of Indiana lies too far south to be considered, with the exception of Gary.

4. Indiana is considered and industrial state. It is the country’s leader in steel production, centered in Gary, but the production of transportation equipment is its largest economic activity. It is the nation’s leader in the production of recreational vehicles (Rvs), engines, truck bodies and manufactured housing, a.k.a, modular homes. Indiana is an important state for the auto industry for this reason. GM, Ford and Chrysler used to be the big players but have since been replaced by the Japanese: Toyota, Honda and Subaru. Indiana is also the national leader in the production of musical instruments, caskets and urns (ironically centered in Batesville).

5. Indiana isn’t ALL flat. About 30% of the state has large hills: mostly in southern Indiana. Brown County is probably the most scenic location in the state. Marengo and Wyandotte caves are some of the largest caves in the country.

6. Yes, there is a town called French Lick (Larry Bird’s hometown). Go ahead, laugh. As if your state doesn’t have towns with funny names. Other funny names include Gnaw Bone, Beanblossom, Santa Clause, Shipshewana, and Mishawaka.

6. No matter how you look at it. It’s still better than Kentucky.
Indiana is a very average and desent state to live in. Maybe not as popular as California or Florida, but sure as hell better than the likes of Michigan, those inbred Southern states, including Kentucky and those prarie states.
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The Asshole of America. Indiana has corn, basketball, rednecks, birthers, shitty weather, CAFO's, corn, bad smells, corrupt county goverments, rude people, hypocritical Jesus freaks, corn, polluted rivers, raptor-killing wind farms, corn, wind, illegal aliens, right-to-work laws, and Elwood.
And corn.
Synonym for "hell" in polite conversation.
Bob: "I'd rather die and go to hell than live in Indiana."
George: "Isn't that redundant?"
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It may be just an average state, but sure as hell is better than those inbred Southern states, especially its neighbor Kentucky. Sure, the people can be ignorant, antiquated and shortsighted, but not as much as the South. Sure, the weather changes often, but not as badly as in Alaska. Okay, so it's a little quaint, but Michiganders to the north come to Indiana to buy cheaper cigarettes, Power Ball lottery tickets and fireworks that are illegal in Michigan. There's no beaches, but at least it has Lake Michigan, which is more than I can say for Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska or Oklahoma. There are no mountains whatsoever but at least it has some scenic hills in Brown County, south of Indianapolis. Sure it has a lot of corn, but its the corn that makes Indiana a major ethanol producer and will bring in billions of $$ when the Middle east refuses to sell us oil in the future. Most importantly, it’s not Kentucky or West Virginia, thank God!!

Indianapolis is it's capital and the 12th largest U.S. city.
Indiana is quaint with a lot of rednecks south of Bloomington, but at least it isnt Kentucky.
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Indiana is in the middle of nowhere. They are conservative and care only about sports. Parts of Indiana are tolerable. It is not a "suburb of Chicago." A suburb of Chicago wouldn't be the whole state since the whole state seems to think Indianapolis is better than Chicago. Northwest Indiana, the region, now that is a suburb of Chicago and also the only normal part of Indiana. Avoid southern Indiana at all costs...
The Colts represent all that is evil in Indiana.
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A jackass who can't drive if there life depended on it.
Haha he's from Indiana, no explanation needed.
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A state that is full of rednecks if you go to the southern parts suck as sullivan county, terre haute, etc... but if you get to the northern part around roselawn, south bend, demotte, etc... its really pretty, and there arent a bunch of rednecks who fuck thier cousins. The further up north you get in indiana, the better looking people get and the less redneck they are
southern indiana makes me want to shoot myself in the head
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a place where you go to a tractor pull, blare your tim mcgraw, grow your corn, fuck your cousin, spend the night at the county fair, and chew some tobacco...
Bob: How bout yall come to Indiana and we can all get laid by my cousin

Friends: Hellllls ya!
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