Indiana

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State of Indiana
Flag of Indiana State seal of Indiana
Flag of Indiana Seal
Nickname(s): The Hoosier State
Motto(s): The Crossroads of America
Map of the United States with Indiana highlighted
Official languageEnglish
CapitalIndianapolis
Largest cityIndianapolis
AreaRanked 38th
 • Total36,418 sq mi
(94,321 km2)
 • Width140 miles (225 km)
 • Length270 miles (435 km)
 • % water1.5
 • Latitude37°47'N to 41°46'N
 • Longitude84°49'W to 88°4'W
PopulationRanked 15th
 • Total6,080,485
 • Density169.5/sq mi  (65.46/km2)
Ranked 16th
Elevation
 • Highest pointHoosier Hill[1]
1,257 ft (383 m)
 • Mean689 ft  (210 m)
 • Lowest pointOhio River[1]
320 ft (98 m)
Admission to UnionDecember 11, 1816 (19th)
GovernorEric Holcomb (R)
Lieutenant Governor{{{Lieutenant Governor}}}
Legislature{{{Legislature}}}
 • Upper house{{{Upperhouse}}}
 • Lower house{{{Lowerhouse}}}
U.S. SenatorsJoe Donnelly (D)
Todd Young (R)
U.S. House delegationList
Time zones 
 • most of stateEastern: UTC-5/-4
 • extreme NW & SWCentral: UTC-6/-5
ISO 3166US-IN
AbbreviationsIN
Websitewww.in.gov

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.

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-06.

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