Indiana Facts

State Location Indiana Location In The US
State Abbreviation IN
Statehood December 11, 1816
State Capital Indianapolis
Number of Counties 92
State Population (2015)6,619,680
State Population Density184.6 people / square mile
Electoral Votes11
State Quarter Issue Date August 2, 2002
State Motto The Crossroads of America
State Flower Peony
State Tree Tulip tree
State Bird Cardinal
Nickname Hoosier State
State Flag Indiana State Flag
State Gas Tax$0.3073 / Gallon
State Cigarette Tax$0.995 / Pack
Area Codes 219, 260, 317, 574, 765, 812
Top 5 Cities (2010 population) Indianapolis (820,445)
Fort Wayne (253,691)
Evansville (117,429)
South Bend (101,168)
Hammond (80,830)
Major Sports Teams NFL: Indianapolis Colts
NBA: Indiana Pacers

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.

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