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Did You Know These About Indianapolis?

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Indianapolis, fondly called as the  Circle City, is a vibrant city with top-notch museums, plenty of historic heritage, motorsports, and many beautiful parks. This city is bustling with high energy year-round. Read on for a couple of fast facts on the "Crossroads of America".

Strolling on Indy Canal
Image bySerge Melki via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know these about Indianapolis?

Indianapolis Demographic and Geographical Fast Facts

  • Indianapolis is fourteen largest in the United States, and second largest in the America Midwest.

  • According to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, Indianapolis is a high sufficiency global city.

  • Indianapolis’s mean elevation is 717 ft (219 m).

  • Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis is the third largest in the US.

  • Indianapolis ethnic composition: 61.8% White, 27.5% African American or Black, 9.4% Latino or Hispanic, and 2.1% Asian.

  • Several fraternal and charitable organizations have their headquarters in Indianapolis.

  • Indianapolis' Eagle Creek Park is one of the largest urban parks in the US.

  • Indianapolis residents are known as Hoosiers or Indianians.

Indianapolis History Fast Facts

  • In 1825, Indianapolis became the state capital of Indiana, replacing Corydon.

  • Alexander Ralston designed Indianapolis.

  • Indianapolis was founded as the state capital in 1821.

  • In 1832, Indy was formed as a city.

  • In 1847, the railroads reached Indianapolis.

  • Indianapolis is home to the Chase Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the US.

  • Indianapolis name was invented by Jeremiah Sullivan by combining Indiana with polis, the Greek word for city. The literal meaning of Indianapolis is Indiana City.

  • Indianapolis is known as the 'Crossroads of America' as the city has more interstate legs than anywhere else in the United States with 6 interstate highways going through the city.

  • In 1911, Indianapolis 500-Mile Race took place, marking the beginning of auto racing in Indianapolis.

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Indianapolis Government and Economy Fast Facts

  • Indianapolis's city and county governments merged in 1970 to establish a unique governmental system referred as UniGov.

  • Indianapolis has a mayor-council form of government.

  • The legislative body in Indianapolis is the city-county council.

  • The main components of Indianapolis economy are: services, government and industry.

  • Indianapolis has low cost of living among the United States cities.

Indianapolis Interesting and Important Fast Facts

  • Indianapolis is the only major city in the US not situated on a river.

  • Indianapolis is known as the Racing Capital of World, and the Amateur Sports Capital of the World.

  • Indianapolis, nicknamed as Indy.

  • The city is home to the two largest sporting events in the world- Indianapolis 500 race and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

  • The city is home to the world’s largest children museum- the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, in both the number of artifacts and square foot.

  • Indianapolis is ranked among the America’s top 25 shopping cities by Forbes.

  • In 1853, first union station was opened in the world- the Indianapolis’ historic Union Station.

  • Indianapolis is at second place in the United States in its number of memorials and monuments.

  • Indianapolis has greater number of hotel rooms that are linked through climate-controlled skywalks as compared to any other city in the country.

  • Lucas Oil Stadium has the National Football League’s largest retractable roof, which takes 8 minutes to open.

  • The two daily newspapers in Indianapolis are: the Indianapolis Star (morning paper), and the Indianapolis News (afternoon daily).
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