, 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
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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).