Supposedly the 12th largest city in the US, but it has annexed nearly everything around it. It has a population of nearly 799, 000, but don't let that fool you. It has a land area of nearly 370 square miles, vs Cincinnati's 78 square miles or Pittsburgh's 59 square miles. Pittsburgh population density - 5000 per square mile, Cincinnati population density - 4300 Indianapolis - 2100 per square mile. This explains why Indy is a hardly a city, but is actually a bunch of annexed suburbs and cornfields. Indianapolis suffers from boring geography and lack of entertainment, but does have a few very good shopping malls. Indianapolis has a very "fake" feel to it, and doesn't feel like a real city the way its surrounding cities of Chicago, Louisville, and Cincinnati do. I recommend that if you are driving north toward indy, keep heading for chicago. If you are driving south toward indy, head toward louisville or Cincy, two much nicer cities with beautiful terrain and better entertainment(OTHER than malls).
Jim: I sure can't wait to get to Indianapolis.
Mike: Were here, downtown.
Jim: Where is everybody then?
Mike: Spread out across half the state.
by City Expert May 18, 2010
The state capital and largest city of Indiana, and 12th largest in the U.S. (792,000) in a greater metro population of some 1.7 million people and growing. Indy is generally boring if you’re from places like Chicago or New York. But it remains in the same tier of cities like Louisville, Columbus, Cincinnati or Kansas City. It lacks motivation to get anything done—even filling the ungodly number of potholes on roads and widening busy city streets. The city is traditionally basketball crazy--being in Indiana, but with the success of the Colts and Payton Manning of the NFL, they have overshadowed the Pacers. The Super Bowl will even be held in Indianapolis in 2012. But the best thing about the Indy area is that it’s a great place to raise a family, and the cost of living is among the most affordable in the country. There’s a number of nice museums to see--the Childrens’ Museum (the world's largest), the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indy 500 Hall of Fame Museum, the State Museum and Conner Prarie Settlement; and cultural events to attend (the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is world renowned). But, unfortunately that’s it. The crime is getting too high with an especially stubbornly-high murder rate. The lack of street lamps and police patrolling the streets is almost unbelievable. This city seems to care more about building stadiums and the like rather than taking care of its residents. Property taxes are also very high. The people are also ignorant. Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) has the 2nd highest number of dropouts in the country. The city is way behind in technology, but instead tax dollars are spent on useless things like new stadiums just to shown off to other cities. Go to somewhere like a Seattle school, and everyone has iPods and PDAs. Go to Indy, and the people with iPods and PDAs get theirs stolen. Indianapolis is a city that has a lot of potential, but unfortunatly squanders it.
Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana and 3rd largest in the Midwest, but will never be compared to the Coastal cities or Chicago. It's nice in many respects, but dull in general. It is called Naptown, and deserves the right to be called such.
by krock1dk May 25, 2008
The state capital of Indiana and 2nd largest state capital by population. The largest city in Indiana and 12th largest in the U.S. (790,000 and another million in the suburbs). The 3rd largest Midwest city by population (after Chicago and Detroit) and largest by land area. It’s very Midwestern. What else can I say? It is not exactly a city for urban enthuseists. It is very dull and lackluster by most standards, especially when comparing it to either coast. It will never be able to compete with nor have a profile like San Fran, New York, Washington DC, Phily, Chicago, Seattle or Boston. Instead, it ranks along the same tier of cities like Louisville, Columbus or Cincinnati. It’s not really a city at all, but more like a large town. Boring and very unhurried are accurate in describing this town. It was, for many years, considered a Rust Belt city and “NapTown” until recently. It faced the challenges of a declining population to the townships and suburbs, the erosion of jobs and lack of an identity. But some of that has changed for the better.

OK, here’s the good: An affordable cost of living (perhaps due to the overall lack of high-paying jobs in the area) and the most affordable of any “large” metro area. Its low cost of doing business is enabling companies to expand in Central Indiana and create more high-paying jobs—slowly but surely. It is a nice place to live if you have family or want to raise children. Indy is hosting more and more events all the time. It has a vibrant downtown compared to many cities. There is always something going on and it is generally safe to walk around downtown at night including FRI or SAT nights. It has come a long way in reinventing itself. Over the past dozen or so years, Indy has built the Circle Center Mall, Conseco Fieldhouse, the Conrad Hilton Hotel among others, White River State Park, the Monon Trail, attracted numerous amateur sports organizations to the city, became the new home to the NCAA, is building Lucas Oil Stadium and a brand new Midfield Terminal at Indianapolis International Airport. It is going the right direction in general.

Unfortunately there’s a lot of bad and persons from either coast may have a ligitimate reason to poke fun of the place: It's very Midwestern. No mountains, not even hills. Nothing but corn not far from the city (typical of the Corn Belt). No water. No beaches. No oceans. No diversity. No culture (its numerous transplanted Kentuckyans don’t count). No nightlife. Forbes Magazine ranked Indy the worst American city for singles based on this sad fact. Not many opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. No sidewalks, bikepaths or greenspace. Therefore, too many people are fat and unhealthy. The people are too antiquated and narrowminded to accept changing ANYTHING in the area, and that includes possibly getting lightrail, even if it is for the good of the area. No public transportation due to the exessive use of automobiles by residents. The city only has a mediocre bus-only system with few routes and no evening service. People cannot take direct routes because they have to “transfer” downtown. No mass transit or lightrail. Forget about getting it. It will never happen. The poor maintanence of roads is also a problem. Many heavily used city streets are too narrow and needed to be widened years ago. Too many potholes. As freeway congestion increases, the city has done next to NOTHING in relieving the stress. At most one can expect added travel lanes, HOV lanes or extra freeway exits, but that’s it. The city can have poor air quality created by too many polluting cars on the raod and a lack of hybrid engines by its city and school buses. No street lamps. A high number of foreclosures but not as bad as in the Sun Belt. A slumbering skyline that has gone nowhere since 1990, when the Chase Tower was completed.
Indy, for some reason, calls itself a world-class city but has NOTHING to support the claims. It wont be world-class ‘till Cincinnati, Louisville and Columbus are. In fairness, Indy has come a long way in reinventing itself but needs to be much more aggressive in its efforts to be more more lively. It has a “Naptown” image because it has not marketed itself very well. Until that happens it will forever deserve its Naptown image.
Indianapolis is a nice place to raise a family and live but is not cosmopolitan in profile and will never compete with the coasts for world-class status. NEVER.
by krock1dk November 21, 2007
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
America's truck stop
Amid endless cornfields, fast-food chains, ignorant rednecks, and warehouses with $9 an hour jobs, you'll find Indianapolis, the crossroads of America or America's truck stop. A fine place to fill up your gas tank.
by Hoosierequalshopeless August 21, 2008
The capital and largest city of Indiana, and 12th largest U.S. city only because it merged with surrounding Marion County. It may be the 12th largest U.S. city but its metro population ranks somewhere in the 20s. It’s not even the largest metro area within a 2-hour drive (metro Cincy is larger). It’s nothing more than a big nothing in the middle of a bigger nowhere--a large town in the world’s biggest cornfield. You don’t have to go far from the city to see cornfields. Heck, there are still some cornfields in some areas of the city limits today.

Indy deserves to be called Naptown and the butt of jokes by people from either coast. It is very undeveloped and hasn’t matured (and probably won’t) to a sophisticated, cool, world-class city for young, hip, urban professionals like New York, San Francisco, Boston or Seattle. It is drab, boring and Dull with a capital-D. There is no desent public transportation to speak of because the people drive everywhere and would rather complain about the “bad” traffic and make excuses than do something to change it. There is no culture. No diversity. No nightlife. Not much greenspace and farmland doesn’t count. No architecture. No geography. No mountains. No lakes. No rivers. No shoreline. NOTHING. There ‘aint even any sidewalks or any opportunities to get out and enjoy nature. That probably explains why the people are so dang fat. Not surprisingly, it was ranked America’s worst city for singles, according to Forbes Magazine in 2007. There is no architectural creativity whatsoever, not to mention a skyline that’s in a coma. The skyline hasn’t gone anywhere since the Chase Tower was completed in 1990. And while many U.S. cities increase their skylines and build highrise condos in the process, Indy does NOTHING. Even smaller Louisville, KY will soon have a skyline to rival Indy’s. Even the brand new billion-dollar Lucas Oil Stadium looks like a giant barn, or something from the 1950s “Indiana basketball” days. So does Conseco Fieldhouse for that matter. Go figure. Like I said, it’s Midwestern and dull with no architectural creativity.

Indianapolis is only a good place to live if you want an affordable cost of living and to raise a family. Good luck keeping the kids around because they will want to leave and immediately after they turn 18 and not return. Perhaps being America’s most affordable “large” U.S. city is a good indication of its dullness, because who’d want to live there?
Indianapolis is just a dull Midwest town in the middle of a cornfield, with no opportunities for the young, hip crowd. Forget about it EVER becoming a world-class city. 'Aint gonna happen.
by krock1dk January 25, 2008
Complaining that Indianapolis lacks a subway or a ski resort or a beach is like buying a Suburban and complaining about the mileage. It is what it is, which is mostly very good.

Typical complaints:

No culture: Wrong. Visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the opera, the ballet, the Circle Theater, the many universities and colleges with first class cultural opportunities. If you're missing the culture here you aren't looking.

No skyline: Look at the pictures.

No rivers, lakes, greenspaces, etc.: Wrong. The White River flows through the city, as does the Central Canal with miles of crushed gravel path. There are many more miles of connected rail trails. There are two huge lakes on each side of town, one that is home to a lot of motor boat activity, and another that sees a lot of sailing and rowing races. There are many large city parks. And just an hour south is Brown County State Park, home to some of the best mountain biking east of the Mississippi. Look it up.

No diversity: Wrong. Come and look around. If by diversity you mean, there aren't as many jaded too-cool-for-anything-but-NYC posers, then yes, Indianapolis may not be that diverse. But even that population is growing, based on the increasing number of bearded hipster guys riding single speed bikes in girl pants. Even these guys, however, fit in with the rest of us nice, normal, and well-adjusted people.
Indianapolis --
The bad: It isn't New York or L.A.
The good: It isn't New York or L.A.
by Uncle Java October 25, 2011
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