This page contains a wealth of information on the state of Indiana. Please click on the type of the fact that you are interested in:
Geography & Demographics
||Total (Land + Water): 36,418 sq miles; Land Only: 35,867 sq miles|
|Number of Counties
||Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone|
||Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio|
|Highest Point||Hoosier Hill, 1,257 feet|
|State Population (2015)||6,619,680|
|State Population Density||184.6 people / square mile|
||219, 260, 317, 574, 765, 812|
|Top 5 Cities (2010 population)
Fort Wayne (253,691)
South Bend (101,168)
Government & Legislature
||The Crossroads of America|
|State Pie||Sugar cream pie|
|State River||Wabash river|
|State Stone||Salem limestone|
Popular Tourist Attractions
- Indianapolis Zoo: Zoo in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort: Amusement park in Monticello, Indiana.
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Car race track that is the home of the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Blue Chip Casino: Casino in Michigan City, Indiana.
- Turkey Run State Park: State park in Parke County, Indiana.
- Conner Prairie: History museum and park in Fishers, Indiana.
- Brown County State Park: State park in Nashville, Indiana.
- Indiana Dunes State Park: State park in Chesterton, Indiana.
- Indiana State Museum: Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Paoli Peaks: Ski resort in Paoli, Indiana.
- Perfect North Slopes: Ski area in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
- Indianapolis Museum of Art: Art museum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Pokagon State Park: State park in Angola, Indiana.
- Potawatomi Zoo: Zoo in South Bend, Indiana.
- White River State Park: State park in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Horseshoe Southern Indiana: Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana.
- Marengo Cave: Park in Marengo, Indiana.
- Oliver Winery: Winery in Bloomington, Indiana.
Famous People Born In Indiana
Nobel Prize Winners
- Harold C. Urey (Chemistry, 1934)
- Wendell M. Stanley (Chemistry, 1946)
- Paul A. Samuelson (Economic Sciences, 1970)
- Philip W. Anderson (Physics, 1977)
- Eric F. Wieschaus (Physiology or Medicine, 1995)
- Ferid Murad (Physiology or Medicine, 1998)
- Joseph E. Stiglitz (Economic Sciences, 2001)
- Richard R. Schrock (Chemistry, 2005)
Pro Football Hall Of Fame Members
- Weeb Ewbank (Coach / General Manager. Inducted in 1978)
- Bob Griese (Quarterback. Inducted in 1990)
- Rod Woodson (Cornerback, Safety, Kick Returner. Inducted in 2009)
- Chris Doleman (Defensive End / Linebacker. Inducted in 2012)
Baseball Hall Of Fame Players
- Mordecai Brown (Pitcher. Inducted in 1949)
- Max Carey (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1961)
- Edd Roush (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1962)
- Sam Rice (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1963)
- Sam Thompson (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1974)
- Billy Herman (Second Baseman. Inducted in 1975)
- Oscar Charleston (Center Fielder. Inducted in 1976)
- Amos Rusie (Pitcher. Inducted in 1977)
- Chuck Klein (Right Fielder. Inducted in 1980)
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players
- Larry Bird (Forward. Inducted in 1998)
- Louie Dampier (Guard. Inducted in 2015)
- Clyde Lovellette (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1988)
- Branch McCracken (Forward. Inducted in 1960)
- Charles Murphy (Center. Inducted in 1960)
- Fuzzy Vandivier (Guard. Inducted in 1975)
- John Wooden (Guard. Inducted in 1960)
Famous Actors And Actresses
- Embeth Davidtz
- Jenna Fischer
- Shelley Long
- Janet Jackson
- Michael Jackson
- John Mellencamp
- Axl Rose
Indiana Fun Facts
- The state of Indiana was named after the Native Americans. Indiana means "Indian Land."
- The first long-distance auto race in the U. S. was held May 30, 1911, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with a permanent seating capacity of 235,000, is the highest-capacity sports venue in the world.
- The first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne on May 4, 1871. Fort Wayne Kekiongas beat Cleveland Forest Cities, 2-0.
- Indiana is the first state to have a chapel inside the state capitol, built in memory of former first lady Beth Bowen.
- Wabash, Indiana was the first electrically lighted city in the world.
- Santa Claus, Indiana, receives hundreds of thousands of letters addressed to the Christmas legend every year—each of which is responded to individually.
- In Indiana, it is illegal to catch a fish with dynamite, firearms, a crossbow or your bare hands.
- Crawfordsville is the home of the only known working rotary jail in the United States. This jail was built in 1882 and served as the Montgomery County jail until 1973. It is now a museum.
- In Fort Wayne, Syvanus F. Bower designed the world's first practical gasoline pump.
This page was last updated on October 20, 2016.