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Indianapolis is the capital of the Indiana State

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The city at The Crossroads of America!

The 14th city of the US by population, Indianapolis has about 800k citizens. Home of the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a professional sport team in almost every major league sport, Indianapolis has no shortage of things to see or do!  Indianapolis has a well developped economic infrastructure, yet it still enjoys being one of the most affordable major housing market in the US. At the time of writing this article, the unemployment rate of Indianapolis is below the national average.

Indianapolis is a beautiful city, and there are many interesting sites to see when passing by... We have provided many more infos on this page; perhaps downtown Indy tour guide should be the first thing to read.

The tradition, going back to the beginning of the United States was to designate the capital title to the city closest to the state's geographical center of that state. The only thing about Indiana is that there was no city there! People then decided to create a new one... Indianapolis was placed close to the Indiana state geographical center and on the White river which was see at the time as giving an economical boost to the new capital to be. Indianapolis did not exist at the time when Indiana was formed.

Data and History for the city and its name

In 1821, many suggestions were made on how to name the new city yet to be built as the state's capital. The indian hero's name Tecumseh was suggested, as well as Suwarrow and Tuwarrow as names for the new state capital. Jeremiah J. Sullivan proposes to associate the name of the state, Indiana, with the Greek suffix polis, which means city, the association and meaning "city of Indiana." Although the name was criticized at the time, it was adopted for the new capital of the Indiana State. 1821 is the actual founding year of Indianapolis.

The construction site for the new capital city was selected in 1820. It was to replace Corydon town as the Indiana state capital when enough infrastructure was built to effectively administer the state, so Indianapolis became state capital in 1825. Indianapolis was placed at the exact geographic center of the state, next to the White River which was seen at the time as a potential economic advantadge. In 1825, just under 1000 inhabitants had begun to live in the new capital and their homes were mostly logs houses.  For a more detailed discussion regarding the Indianapolis history, please visit that page.

Composition of Indy's population

According to the census conducted for the United States in the year 2000, there were 320,107 homes in Indianapolis, accounting for a population density of 837 inhabitants / km ². Of the households 22.7% have children under 18 years, 41.2% composed of married couples living together, 10.8% consist of a single parent, and 39.4% were single. 39.3% of households consisted of single and 9.4% have someone living alone who was 65 years or more. The average household size was 2.39 persons while the family was 3.03.

The city's population was made up of up to 28.4% under 19 years of 7.3% aged 20-24 years, 33.0% aged 25-44 years, 20.3% between 45-64 years and 11.0% of persons aged at least 65 years. The median age is 33.6 years (35.3 years for all United States) and for every 100 females there were 102.1 males. The median income for a household is $ 40,051 (conpared to $ 42,100 for all United States).

Major league sports in the city

Indianapolis has many major league sports teams, two of them play a leading role in major league sports. The football team of the Indianapolis, the Colts franchise, moved in 1980 from Baltimore to Indianapolis, which belongs to the NFL national league and has many supporters who go to the Lucas Oil Stadium built in the 2000s for them. The team participated in the Super Bowl twice after his move and won the Super Bowl XLI in 2006. Also there is the Conseco Fieldhouse, home to the local basketball team, the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers are member of the NBA league since 1967 and are an important competitor as they are proud to have a long history lined with spectacular victories. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Each year, there are many important iconic races held on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track. One of the important races held there is the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race also known as Indy 500, a race counting for the Indycar Series IndyCar Series. We can also think of the Indy400, a NASCAR race taking place there every year, since 2000. In 2007 the Speedway welcomed a Grand Prix Formula 1 on a track designed specifically for the event; that track used only partially the actual Speedway.


Things to do in Indianapolis

Of course any major league sport event is an immensely entertaining outing; but Indianapolis has many more things to do to spend a great and memorable night in town. Many traditional Festivals and Events that come back every year are held in Indianapolis, such as the 500 Festival, the Indy Jazz Fest and the Indy International Festival to name just a few.

A city with many parks

Indianapolis has six major parks, of the total 206 city parks. There is always something to do and see in these major parks in the summer, if not just their inherent beauty. They are composed of panoramic views, lakes, ponds, and cultural facilities. Eagle Creek Park is the largest.

List of city major Parks
• Eagle Creek Park
• Garfield Park
• Riverside Park
• Sahm Park
• Park Southeastway
• Park Southwestway

Some interesting and diverse conventions are held in Indy, such as the Gen Con, a very popular role-paying convention for the role-playing aficionados;

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra actually play a few times outdoors at no admission cost in the city's major Parks. There are many landmark cultural features to visit in Indianapolis as well. The Cultural Trail, which is scheduled to be completed in 2011 will feature a nice urban bike and pedestran path that will connect the five downtown Cultural Districts with a car-less and artistic environment. The War Memorial Plaza, which is an area dedicated to all the Hoosier veterans who served in the different wars that affected the Indiana State.