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State of Indiana
Flag of Indiana State seal of Indiana
Flag Seal
The Hoosier State
Motto(s): The Crossroads of America
State song(s): "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away"
Map of the United States with Indiana highlighted
Official languageEnglish
Spoken languagesEnglish, Spanish, other languages
(and largest city)
Largest metroGreater Indianapolis
AreaRanked 38th
 • Total36,418 sq mi
(94,321 km2)
 • Width140 miles (225 km)
 • Length270 miles (435 km)
 • % water1.5
 • Latitude37° 46′ N to 41° 46′ N
 • Longitude84° 47′ W to 88° 6′ W
PopulationRanked 17th
 • Total6,666,818 (2017 est.)[1]
 • Density183/sq mi  (70.7/km2)
Ranked 16th
 • Median household income$51,983 [2] (35th)
 • Highest pointHoosier Hill[3][4]
1,257 ft (383 m)
 • Mean700 ft  (210 m)
 • Lowest pointConfluence of Ohio River and Wabash River[3][4]
320 ft (97 m)
Before statehoodIndiana Territory
Admission to UnionDecember 11, 1816 (19th)
GovernorEric Holcomb (R)
Lieutenant GovernorSuzanne Crouch (R)
LegislatureGeneral Assembly
 • Upper houseIndiana Senate
 • Lower houseIndiana House of Representatives
U.S. SenatorsTodd Young (R)
Mike Braun (R)
U.S. House delegation7 Republicans,
2 Democrats (list)
Time zones 
 • 80 countiesEastern: UTC −5/−4
 • 12 countiesCentral: UTC −6/−5
AbbreviationsIN, Ind.
Indiana state symbols
Flag of Indiana.svg
Living insignia
FishLargemouth Bass
InsectSay's Firefly[5]
TreeTulip tree
Inanimate insignia
ColorsBlue and gold
FirearmGrouseland Rifle
FoodSugar cream pie
RockSalem Limestone
ShipUSS Indianapolis (4), USS Indiana (4)
SloganHonest to Goodness Indiana
OtherRiver: Wabash
State route marker
Indiana state route marker
State quarter
Indiana quarter dollar coin
Released in 2002
Lists of United States state symbols

Indiana is a U.S. state in the midwestern and Great Lakes regions of North America. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis. Other famous cities and towns include Bloomington, Gary, Ft. Wayne, South Bend, Evansville, Muncie, and Marion. People who live in Indiana are sometimes called Hoosiers. Indiana's state bird is a Cardinal. Indiana's state flower is a Peony. Indiana's state tree is a Tulip Tree. Indiana has borders with four other states: Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio. It also touches Lake Michigan; which is the only one of the Great Lakes that is completely inside the United States.

Attractions[change | change source]

One famous attraction of Indiana is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is where the Indy 500 is held every year. The Indy 500 is one of the most famous car races in the United States. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is not actually in Indianapolis. It is in a town called Speedway, which is completely surrounded by Indianapolis.

Sports[change | change source]

As well as being home to the Indy 500, there are several well known sports teams in Indiana. Professional sports teams include the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) and the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Colleges and universities in Indiana with well known sports teams include Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, and Indiana University.

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". U.S. Census Bureau. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. "Median Annual Household Income". The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. 2001. Retrieved October 21, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Elevation adjusted to North American Vertical Datum of 1988.
  5. "Lightning bug becomes Indiana's official state insect". 13 WTHR Indianapolis. 27 February 2018.

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