The capital and largest city of Indiana with over 790,000 residents in the city limits and an additional 1,000,000 in the metro area. Carmel is perhaps its most well-known suburb and lies just north of the city in Hamilton County. It is the 12th largest US city by population--larger than even San Francisco, Baltimore, Boston, Washington DC, Cleveland or Milwaukee. It's The second largest state capital. It's also the fastest-growing large city and metro area in the Midwest. Derogatory titles like India-no-place or Napt-Town (hence, the last syllables NAPOLIS in its name)no longer apply. It's often called the Crossroads of America, the Cinderella of the Rust Belt, the Amateur Sports Capital or "Indy" as is most common among locals and Hoosiers. It's a basketball crazed town that is divided in loyalty between the Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers. Ignorant Michiganders to the north often call it Indiana, confusing it with its state.

Indianapolis is in the midst of a transformation from being a sleepy, industrial, Midwest metropolis to a more vibrant and modern one of today. The city has spent billions of $$ developing its downtown: Circle Center Mall, Conseco Fieldhouse, White River State Park, a new airport and a new Lucas Oil Stadium for the 2007 Super Bowl champs, the NFL's Colts.

Its residents suffer from somewhat of an inferiority complex. They often think Indy is the end of all places and is an undesirable hole. This is hardly the truth. Major national media publications have lauded the Indianapolis area for its afforable cost of living, excellent reputation in the arts, a healthy and steadily-growing economy and a growing population. Eli Lilly, a major pharmaceutical manufacturer has its headquarters in the middle of the city and is a well respected Fortune 500 company.

All in all, Indianapolis is a damn fine town to live in and has much to be proud of. It's my hometown and I'm damn proud to be from there.
Indianapolis is a nice city.
by krockboy July 06, 2007
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Also known as Circle City, I-Town, INDY, and The Heart of America. The capitol of "Indiana." Has been increasing in population to become a thriving "Urban City" and one of the largest cities in the United States (check census). Is known for its crime rate, hospitality, and for its low cost of living. Home of the Pacers, Colts, Indy 500, and the Black Expo.
Ignorant Bastard: Where is the corn?
Indy born: What do ya mean whurr is the corn?!? This is Indianapolis... 317 is whurr you at... no corn herre.
by Michael Johnson February 06, 2004
regardless what other people who call the city "IndiaNoPlace" say, the capital of Indiana is still great. It can't be that bad, as its population has grown steadily, meaning people aren't leaving. The city currently has a population of over 780,000. That's bigger than St. Louis, Omaha, Milwaukee, Louisville, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and EVEN Boston, folks. It has a great skyline in my opinion, and it is growing in the "clean" industry area. For example, they now have several pharmaceutical and software companies. In addition, the city can be reached throught a day's drive by over half of the United States population. The Indianapolis Colts are great football team (They beat the Packers before), the Pacers rock, and IndyCar is way better than that stupid NASCAR. Oh yeah, Indianapolis is not full of a bunch of stupid Midwestern hicks, there are thousands and thousands of successful people within the city with various careers ranging from medicine, industrial and technological, education, etc.
I-town is great, or Indy, or Circle City....
by Midwestrn Soldier October 25, 2004
One of the greatest cities in the United States of America. It is the capital of Indiana as well as the third largest city in the Midwest, with a population of well over 780,000 people. This major metropolis located in the center of Indiana has some of the largest and most impressive buildings in the Hoosier State. The tallest building is the Bank One Tower at 49 stories and over 800 feet tall, built around 1990.
Indianapolis has several nicknames, including I-Town, Indy, NapTown (from one of the syllables in the city name) , and the Circle City. The third nickname derives from the layout and design of the city, which "circles" around the very large Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the direct center of Downtown, plus the fact that the urban sprawl of the metropolis is roughly circular in shape.
Indianapolis now has a very diversified economy, with industries and businesses in pharmaceuticals, medical research, computer software, insurance, and banking. Some of the most major banks in the Midwest are located in this city, including Bank One and First Indiana. There is a generally-friendly atmosphere withing this city and the metropolitan area, not to mention there are plenty of fun things to do, and all kinds of cultures and ethnic groups in the vincinity of this place.
In addition, who could forget that Indianapolis is the home of Indycar, a very popular kind of racing.
by A Hoosier April 05, 2005
The capital city of Indiana, and one of the largest cities in the United States, by means of area and citywide population. It is the third largest city in the Midwest, and the 12th largest in the country. Known as the Racecar capital of the world. Home to many upscale malls, such as Circle Centre and the Fashion Mall. Home to the Indianapolis Colts, one of the best football teams in the AFC, as well as the Indiana Pacers. Located in the center of Indiana. Has many monuments. A big city, yet a small town charm in certain areas. Mainly white and black, but a hispanic population is increasing, and many Asians live in the suburbs. Pretty much the best city in Indiana!
Many people probably thing Indianapolis is mostly farming areas, but its a city, so get over your opinionated selves and come to one of the best places in the midwest! kltr.
by DONOVANN November 03, 2006
The city voted most sexually satisfied in 2008 in Mens Health Magazine. This city is located off of I-69 which only speaks for itself.
" Man I cant stand it here in Michigan. It's dark and we are unsatisfied, lets "go down" I-69 to Indianapolis for a good time.
by cometoindyforagoodtime July 19, 2008
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"The" USS Indianapolis to be precise. The warship was commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 15 November 1932. On 30 JULY 1945, while sailing from Guam to Leyte, Indianapolis was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-58. The ship capsized and sank in twelve minutes. Survivors were spotted by a patrol aircraft on 2 AUGUST. All air and surface units capable of rescue operations were dispatched to the scene at once, and the surrounding waters were thoroughly searched for survivors. Upon completion of the day and night search on 8 AUGUST, 316 men were rescued out of the crew of 1,199.

* The description of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis is immortalised by actor Robert Shaw's superbly acted monologue in the memorable scene of Jaws (USA, 1975).
HOPPER: You were on the Indianapolis?
BRODY: What happened?
QUINT: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into her side, Chief. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte. We'd just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn't see the first shark for about a half-hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that in the water, Chief? You can tell by lookin' from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn't know, was that our bomb mission was so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn't even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin' by, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you see in the calendars, you know the infantry squares in the old calendars like the Battle of Waterloo and the idea was the shark come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin' and hollerin' and sometimes that shark he go away... but sometimes he wouldn't go away. Sometimes that shark looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he's got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn't even seem to be livin'... 'til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then... ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin'. The ocean turns red, and despite all your poundin' and your hollerin' those sharks come in and... they rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don't know how many sharks there were, maybe a thousand. I do know how many men, they averaged six an hour. Thursday mornin', Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boson's mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water, he was like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he'd been bitten in half below the waist. At noon on the fifth day, a Lockheed Ventura swung in low and he spotted us, a young pilot, lot younger than Mr. Hooper here, anyway he spotted us and a few hours later a big ol' fat PBY come down and started to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened. Waitin' for my turn. I'll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went into the water. 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb. *
by NeverMindWho March 02, 2006
Indiana's capital and the third biggest city in the Midwest. The proud home of David Letterman, and the birthplace of sport fucking. The city's north side is the self-proclaimed best part of town.
Fun fact: Indianapolis has more monuments than any other city in the United States except for Washington, D.C.
by Brunettes R Hott December 06, 2009
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