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
Best state in the Midwest. Yes we have corn but Iowa is the corn state. Bad weather, but great sports. We are the best at Football if you havent notice..the Colts, some great schools too, well just Notre Dame. Purdue sucks. Not really a red neck state, that is Kentucky. and we hate Michigan, they are always in Indiana cause they the ones who cant drive.
Where is Indiana? Oh that cool state in the middle of the US

A car turning left on red? yup their from Michigan
by Gcool May 02, 2011
The most horrible boring state in the union. NEVER MOVE TO INDIANA! It's just corn and fat republicans.
Person 1: Hey where you from?
Person 2: Indiana...
Person 1: (runs away)
by emmathecrazychick February 17, 2009
College town of about 15,000 in the middle of nowhere, about 50 miles ENE of Pittsburgh. Population increases to 30,000 when IUP is in session. Home of IUP and birthplace of the band The Clarks and actor Jimmy Stewart. Located in Indiana County, the Christmas Tree Capital of the World.
I'm from Indiana.
The state?
No, the town...uh...where IUP is.
by panther75 March 24, 2006
Americas Largest Prison
Didn't Jim just go to visit his friend in Indiana?
by rhoar! July 07, 2003
Western extension of Ohio
Indiana and Ohio both have alot of cornfields.
by Someone living in Dover, Ohio November 08, 2009
Indiana is a state in the midwest. Sandwiched in between Illinois and Ohio, Indiana is best known for being the world’s largest contiguous cornfield, spanning at least a billion miles across the heartland of the United States. Indiana has the highest percent population of rednecks of any non-Southern state. A significant number of black people also live in certain areas but the only reason why they are allowed to is because they make up the bulk of the Pacers basketball team, since everybody knows that Whitey can’t jump. Indiana culture revolves around four things: corn, basketball, meth labs, and NASCAR.
Redneck 1: "Hey, you got any corn?"

redneck 2: "Take a look around, dipshit. We're in indiana. We LIVE in corn."

Redneck 1: "Oh... well, then you got any Skoal?"

redneck 2: " Hell yeah. It's in my truck over yonder, right next to the meth lab in the back!"
by CodyE March 17, 2007
A name for unsolicited spam from friends or acquaintances, usually of a political nature that often includes false information or undocumented facts. Often is sent months behind the first time you receive it; easily proven untrue via or most credible newspaper sources.
Hey, I just got an Indiana from your cousin telling me 10 reasons why Barack Obama is a communist gay Muslim.
by ftofficefuntime October 27, 2008

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