Indiana Facts


Indiana Location In The US Indiana State Map

Indiana is known for:

  • Vast farmlands
  • Agricultural production, especially corns and soybeans
  • The Indy 500
  • Steel mills
  • Limestone industry
  • University of Notre Dame
  • High school basketball

Geography & Demographics

State Abbreviation IN
State Capital Indianapolis
State Size Total (Land + Water): 36,418 sq miles; Land Only: 35,867 sq miles
Number of Counties 92
Time Zone Eastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone
Bordering States Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
Highest PointHoosier Hill, 1,257 feet
National ParksIndiana Dunes National Park
State Population (2020)6,785,528
State Population Density189.2 people / square mile
Area Codes 219, 260, 317, 463, 574, 765, 812
Top 5 Cities (2020 population) Indianapolis (887,756)
Fort Wayne (272,398)
Evansville (118,407)
South Bend (101,868)
Carmel (101,643)

Government & Legislature

Statehood December 11, 1816
Electoral Votes11
State Flag Indiana State Flag
GovernorOfficial Indiana Governor Website
U. S. SenatorsList of U. S. Senators From Indiana
U. S. RepresentativesList of U. S. Representatives From Indiana
State SenatorsList of Indiana State Senators
State RepresentativesList of Indiana State Representatives
State GovernmentOfficial Site
State ConstitutionIndiana State Constitution
Same-Sex Marriage Legalization DateOctober 6, 2014
Road ConditionsIndiana Road Conditions
State Quarter Issue Date August 2, 2002

State Symbols

State Bird Cardinal
State Flower Peony
State Motto The Crossroads of America
State Nickname Hoosier State
State PieSugar cream pie
State RiverWabash river
State StoneSalem limestone
State Tree Tulip tree

Sports Teams

Major Sports Teams NFL: Indianapolis Colts
NBA: Indiana Pacers
NCAA Division I Schools Ball State University (Mid-American)
Butler University (Big East)
University of Evansville (Missouri Valley)
Indiana University (Big Ten)
Indiana State University (Missouri Valley)
Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne (The Summit League)
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (The Summit League)
University of Notre Dame (ACC)
Purdue University (Big Ten)
Valparaiso University (Horizon)

Table Tennis Clubs in Indiana

City Table Tennis Club
EvansvilleEvansville Table Tennis Club
IndianapolisIndyPong Table Tennis Center
New AlbanySouthern Indiana Table Tennis Association
South Bend, MishawakaSouth Bend Table Tennis Club

Popular Tourist Attractions

Popular Iconic Indiana Foods

Indiana is famous for the following foods:

  • Breaded Pork Tenderloin
  • Sugar Cream Pie
  • Hoosier Chili
  • Persimmon Pudding
  • Roast Beef Manhattan
  • Sweet Corn
  • Biscuits and Gravy
  • Zombie Dust
  • Fried Brain Sandwich

Famous People Born In Indiana

Nobel Prize Winners

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)
  • Alex Karras (Defensive Tackle. Inducted in 2020)

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)
  • Gil Hodges (First Baseman. Inducted in 2022)
  • Scott Rolen (Third Baseman. Inducted in 2023)

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Players

  • Branch McCracken (Forward. Inducted in 1960)
  • Charles Murphy (Center. Inducted in 1960)
  • John Wooden (Guard. Inducted in 1960)
  • Fuzzy Vandivier (Guard. Inducted in 1975)
  • Larry Bird (Forward. Inducted in 1998)
  • Clyde Lovellette (Center-Forward. Inducted in 1988)
  • Louie Dampier (Guard. Inducted in 2015)
  • George McGinnis (Forward. Inducted in 2017)
  • Del Harris (Contributor. Inducated in 2022)

Famous Actors And Actresses

  • Embeth Davidtz
  • Jenna Fischer
  • Shelley Long

Famous Singers

  • 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.

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