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Indiana State Profile

Where is Indiana?

Indiana is located in the mid-western and Great Lake region of the United States. It shares its borders with Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Illinois to the west, and the Ohio River and Kentucky to the south.


How did Indiana get its name?

It is believed that Indiana got its name from the Native Indians in the region. The land was referred to as the land of Indians, which eventually became Indiana. The name was officially adopted by the federal government in May 1800 and it became the name of the state in 1816.

What is the capital of Indiana?

Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana. Located in the central region of the state, it became the capital in 1820. It is the county seat of Marion County and is an important economic center.


How big is Indiana?

Indiana is the 38th largest state in the United States. It covers an area of 36,418 square miles and has an estimated population of 6,483,802, ranking 15th in the country. It the smallest state in the West of the Appalachian Mountains.


Which is the largest city of Indiana?

The capital of the state, Indianapolis, is the largest city of Indiana and the 11th largest city in the country. It is the second largest city in the Midwest and is also the most populous state capital after Phoenix, Arizona. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city was 839,489. It covers an area of 372 square miles.



What is the nickname of Indiana?

The nickname of Indiana is The Hoosier State. The etymology of the name is disputed and is often claimed to be a corruption of “Who’s here?”. The residents of the state are also known as Hoosiers.


What is the official language of Indiana?

English is the official language of the state. Various dialects of English are also spoken in the state, including Midwestern and Southern English Dialects.


What is the religion of Indiana?

The single largest religious denomination in state is Christianity. The population of the state is a mix of different sects, including Roman Catholic, United Methodist Church, Baptist Church and Lutheran. The state is home to one of two archabbeys in the country, the St. Meinrad Archabbey. The state also has a small number of Muslims and Jews.


Who is the political leader of Indiana?

The government in Indiana is divided into three branches: the executive, legislative, and judicial. The Governor and the Lieutenant Governor are elected for four-year terms. The 49th and the current Governor of Indiana is Mitch Daniels, a Republican. He assumed office on January 10, 2005. Becky Skillman is the 49th and the current Lieutenant Governor of the state and assumed office on January 10, 2005.


When did Indiana achieve statehood?

Indiana became the nineteenth state of the Union on December 11, 1816. Before becoming a state, it was a part of the Northwest Territory. After Ohio and Illinois became separate states, the region was reduced to its current size.


What are some of the famous places in Indiana?

The city of Indianapolis is home to number of recreational areas. Some of the famous places to visit in the state are Eagle Creek Park, Phoenix Theater, Indiana State Museum, and Indiana State Fairgrounds.


What is the economy of Indiana like?

The economy of Indiana is dependent heavily on manufacturing industries. The gross state product of Indiana was US $275.676 billion while the per capita income was $34,943. The state also produces various agricultural products, including dairy products, eggs, tomatoes, grapes, mint, tobacco, melons, and cattle. Manufacturing outputs include pharmaceuticals and medical devices, electrical equipments, automobiles, transportation, chemical products, rubber, petroleum, and factory machinery.