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The Hoosier State. Calls itself the Crossroads of America due to its Central location in the Midwest and Great Lakes. Indianapolis is its capital and largest city (also the 12th largest in the U.S. in the city proper only). Other major population centers include the Calumet region next door to Chicago, Ft. Wayne, South Bend-Mishawaka and Evansville. It has a population of almost 6.4 million people and ranks 15th in population.

Indiana is a very pathetic place and a bad place to live in general. No part about it is even remotely progressive (although the city of Carmel, a suburb of Indianapolis, is really nice) when compared to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Northern Virginia or North Carolina. Even Indianapolis itself (ironically called Naptown) isn’t very progressive either when compared to areas like Austin, Texas or Raleigh Durham, North Carolina and the like—I’m a native of Indianapolis and even saying this. First, the state’s economy is very mediocre and antiquated. There are very few high-paying or high-tech jobs. The state has lost the most jobs of anywhere except for three other states. It has too many declining Rust Belt cities. Incomes are low and not growing much (perhaps this explains the affordable cost of living). At present, many large Indiana companies are either downsizing, merging with a larger out-of-state company, being bought out, leaving the state or just going out of business all together. In my opinion, this makes Hoosierville a terrible place to do business. Secondly, education is awful while SAT/ACT and ISTEP scores are worsening. Indiana suffers from the brain drain as the state’s young and educated leave the state for attractive job opportunities in other states and do not return (I am one of them). And IPS (Indianapolis Public Schools, the state's largest school district) has the nation’s second-highest dropout rate. Thirdly, the people are very narrowminded, unmotivated and don’t want to change. Perhaps that’s why the state is in its current condition. The people would rather bitch and moan and blame their politicians than get off their lazy duff and take the personal responsibility to change anything. Fourthly--and speaking of lazy, the state ranks among the top states for diabetes, heart disease, obesity and smoking due to the unhealthy and lazy lifestyle of Hoosiers. Who can blame them, because there are not really many opportunities to get out and enjoy nature? And fifthly, it takes FOREVER to get anything done from road construction, to building something, to passing legislation.

Indiana certainly won’t be on the Forbes list of “most educated,” “hippest,” “coolest” or “fittest” places. To sum it up, Indiana is nothing but a boring, lifeless cornfield hell with unmotivated and unhealthy people, with hardly any good jobs anywhere, and nothing to do. Indiana is the largest suburb of hell!
Indiana is about the sorriest place a human being could ever live or want to visit.
by krock1dk April 25, 2008
 
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1. The act of constantly complaining about your state rather than getting off your fat, lazy ass and doing something to make it better.

2. The act of constantly Complaining about absolutely everything, even the good that will benefit their state.

3. Ignorantly complaining their state is the worst while not realizing it is average; some states are worse and some are better.

4. Ignorantly complaining of the alleged “lack of jobs,” while not realizing it has faired better than other regional states.

5. Refusing to adapt to change even for the better.

6. Ignorantly complaining about the alleged “lack of jobs” while also complaining when a corporation wants to expand in the state.

7. Blaming the good Governor for everything, even the good.

8. Blaming the Governor for your personal shortcomings.

9. Blaming the Legislature for your shortcomings.

10. Constantly Complaining about the poor quality of roads while also complaining about road construction to improve them.

11. Constantly complaining about Daylight Savings Time when most of the country experiences it.
Indiana residents constantly complain about anything and everything, even when it is good, as if they don't have a life. They are usually the first to complain about their state rather than getting off their duff and doing something about it. They are often ignorant and think Indiana is the worst state in the country, while actually being very decent and very average.
by krock1dk December 02, 2007
 
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The most boring state in the whole country. I happen to live in South Bend, home of the Notre Dame, the "best" college EVER! Or so everyone here seems to think. As soon as I can, I'm leaving this stupid place.
I really hate Indiana so much!
by Kate S. May 02, 2005
 
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State in the midwest. Largest export corn and the christian coalition. Embaressment of all youth who reside in state. State featuring such notable cities as Gary Kokomo and Indianapolis. See Kokomo for definition of racism.
Gee I'm so Imbarresed to live in Indiana. Kokomo was the site of the largest KKK gathering in history.
by my name August 09, 2004
 
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A Midwest state with 6.4 million residents, but only 60 last names. Indianapolis is the capital and largest city.
Indiana calls itself the Crossroads of America to those who live there, but is the road to nowhere if you don't.
by krock1dk May 24, 2008
 
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The Hoosier State. Calls itself the Crossroads of America. The epitome of "flyover territory." One of those Midwest/Great Lakes States with a very slow pace of life and too many declining Rust Belt cities. Indiana is almost nothing but a flat, dull, boring, drab, lifeless, cornfield hell. There are basically no large cities, but its capital and largest city of Indianapolis (12th largest single U.S. city)is the state's only city to come even remotely close to being a big city. Indiana is about the only state (with the possible exception of Ohio) you will find a manufacturing plant next to a cornfield. It's abundance in boredom is matched by its many declining Rust Belt cities: Gary, Michigan City, South Bend, Kokomo, Muncie, Anderson and Terre Haute. Even Indianapolis proper, with the exception of the rest of the metro area, isn't growing much.

Indiana is very quaint and definately not Colorado or those mountain states. There is no geography or picturesque scenery. There is no mountains. No water. No shoreline. No beaches (beaches next to steel mills on Lake Michigan don't count). Nothing to do. No cool places to see, much less anything to write home about. No opportunities to get out and enjoy nature--that's why so many people are so fat. At least Michigan, Wisonsin and Minnesota have opportunities to enjoy nature with its water and stuff. Ohio at least has 3 the R&R Hall of Fame in Cleveland, and Columbus is a neat college town. Tennesssee at least has Graceland and numerous bars in Memphis while Nashville is the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry. Illinois at least has Chicago, America's 3rd largest popuation center and an awsome world-class city. At least Pennsylvania has neat, historical Philadelphia. And at least Georgia has Atlanta, which is quickly becoming an international center. But Indiana has NOTHING!!

It's 6.4 million Hoosiers (14th in population for some reason)as its people are called are also, fat, unhealthy and stupid. Indiana consistently ranks among the worst states in education and ACT/SAT scores. Most people, like me, leave when they graduate from college creating the brain drain, because there are no descent, much less good-paying jobs for college graduates. The people are also stupid. They continue to re-elect the same stupid, uneducated, ignorant politicians like themselves, that continue to screw them. And they refuse to get out of their antiquated thinking to change anything, even when it behooves their state. They consistently yell about taxes that are wisely used to improve the state's antiquated roads and other things. They routinely and ignorantly blame their good Governor for the good things he has done for Indiana in the past several years. Like I said, the people don't like any change, even when good. Hoosiers also have among the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and smoking. Hoosiers are also racist and generally talk bad about blacks (who comprise 12% of the state) and Hispanics, especially Mexicans.

Like I said, Indiana is good for nothing and is a dull, boring, drab, lifeless cornfield hell. It is a terrible place to live in general. I grew up there until I was 23 when I found a good job, and moved out and NEVER to return. Good riddence. If only I could get my family out of there.
I grew up in Indiana for 23 years and can say, with confidence, that it is among the worst states. I don't know how/why 6.4 million people can live there. Only Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska are worse.
by krock1dk February 16, 2008
 
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The Crossroads of America. Called the Hoosier State but not even its residents know why. It gets a bad rap due to its Great Lakes location in the Midwest. It is not part of the Rust Belt as it’s perceived and much of it lies too far south to be considered. The worst thing about this state is that its 6.3 million residents are surrounded by the four worst states: Ohio (decaying Rust Belt), Michigan (decaying Rust Belt), Kentucky (indred hillbillies) and Illinois (liberal and pretentious). That’s a bad combination, I know. The good news is that Indiana has faired better off economically than its neighbors: it’s the fastest-growing state by population in the Midwest, lower taxes, extremely reasonable cost of living, job growth despite layoffs in hard manufacturing, an increase in wages despite cutbacks in the auto industry and more corporate investments. Indiana is stereotyped as a place with nothing but corn, basketball and hicks, like ignorant morons from the coasts think who have never been there. I am here to argue otherwise and to defend my roots. Let’s get a few common misconceptions straight:

1. Yes, there is a lot of corn but 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. The state does have number of great tourists attractions: casinos on Lake Michigan and the Ohio River, Indianapolis has the Children’s Museum and (the world’s largest), The Eiteljorg, State Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champs, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (the nation’s 7th largest), the James Dean Museum (Marion), old historic Ft. Wayne, Marengo and Wyandotte caves in southern Indiana (among the largest caverns in the country) and Indiana Dunes. Indianapolis made the list of America’s Top 30 most visited destinations in 2006 (#22) according to Forbes Traveler, even beating out Denver.

3. Hoosiers have a love for basketball but only at the high school and college level despite having an NBA team (Pacers). The RCA Dome in Indianapolis fills to capacity as high school teams compete in the state’s basketball tournament. Hoosiers are often divided in loyalty between the Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers. The term “Hoosier Hysteria” describes the state’s love for basketball and was depicted in the movie Hoosiers. Basketball is undoubtedly popular in Indiana but auto racing brings in the most dollars. The Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 are the world’s largest single-day sporting events. Indianapolis is the “amateur sports capital of the world” and has invested billions of $$ in amateur sports. The NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis along with a dozen amateur sports organizations. Indianapolis is the only city to earn its place on the map through amateur sports.

4. Hoosiers as its people are called are NOT all hicks. It has no more hicks than any other state. Hoosiers are average people who live in small towns, sizeable communities, a big city (Indianapolis) or its suburbs. But the hicks it DOES have are in the far southern third of the state, mostly south of Bloomington. Their dialect may sound southern to those from the upper Great Lakes but not as distinct as say, Kentucky. Some with a southern draw live around Indianapolis. It is the 12th largest city in the U.S and almost 2 million live in the metro area. The state’s 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 vibrant and progressive, generally speaking and more so than most large Midwest cities (except Chicago). Just look at St. Louis, Louisville, Cincy, Dayton, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit or Milwaukee. It has spent billions of dollars revitalizing its downtown and has become the poster-child for urban revitalization. It is the fastest-growing large metro area in the Midwest. Gary, on the other hand, is a black, crime-ridden decaying hole and among the worst cities in the country to live. Indiana is the fastest-growing state in the Midwest by population.

5. Indianapolis is the fastest-growing large metro area in the Midwest and fastest-growing from Boston to Denver! That’s a huge area! Indianapolis is also the largest Midwest city by land area (373 square-miles).

6. Has quality universities including Purdue (W. Lafayette), Indiana (Bloomington), Ball State (Muncie), Notre Dame (South Bend), Rose Hullman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute), Indiana State and a list of others

7. Indiana is actually a very diverse state with a combination of cornfields, farms, steel mills, college towns, hicks, yuppies, suburbanites, soccer moms, ghetto and gangbangers.

8. 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, transmissions 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 a leader in the production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals (Eli Lilly in Indy is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies), musical instruments, caskets and urns (ironically centered in Batesville) and food processing (Nestle is building a plant in Anderson).

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. The state has 19 of the 20 largest high school gymnasiums if the country.

13. 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), those desolate prarie states and those pretentious-prick Northeastern states. Indiana is my home and I am proud to be a Hoosier. So screw you.
by krock1dk August 04, 2007