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Indiana
( The Hoosier State )
Indiana Map Indiana means "land of the Indians." It joined the Union in 1816 as the 19th state. Indiana is a small state with a large population. The state's nickname is "Hoosier State" and its residents are commonly referred to as "Hoosiers" although no one seems certain just how the name originated. Maybe it has its origins in "Who's there?". This way the Indiana pioneers greeted strangers. It could also come from "husher", a colloquial term for someone, who uses his fists to keep someone else from speaking (="to hush"). Indiana is a state of mostly small towns and midsize cities. Its largest city and capital is Indianapolis, where the nation's most famous auto race, the Indianapolis 500, is held each year. Indiana has broad, fertile plains and is a part of the Corn Belt; but, it is also a manufacturing center. The varied landscape of the state offers a wide variety of activities. Some of the famous celebrities that were born in Indiana include: Brendan Fraser, Steve McQueen, Howard Hawks, Don Mattingly,

The Flag of Indiana
Indiana state flag Entered the Union in 1816 as the 19th State; flag adopted in 1917. The outer ring of stars is for the original States, the inner ring for those up to and including Indiana. Enlightenment and liberty spreading throughout the land are represented by the torch and rays.
 

Largest Cities in the State
(2000) Indianapolis, 1,586,173 (MSA); Fort Wayne, 205,727; Evansville, 121,582; South Bend, 107,789; Gary, 102,746; Hammond, 83,048; Bloomington, 69,291; Muncie, 67,430; Anderson, 59,734; Terre Haute, 59,614
 
Business and Trade in Indiana
Agriculture: Corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle, dairy products, eggs.

Industries: Steel, electric equipment, transportation equipment, chemical products, petroleum and coal products, machinery.

State Symbols and Emblems
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Flower: Peony
  • Tree: Tulip tree (liriodendron tulipifera)
  • Song(s): On the banks of the Wabash
  • Motto: The Crossroads of America

Indiana Travel - Vacation Destinations & Recreation
National parks and historic locations suitable for family vacations or day trips.

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette - Lafayette
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - Porter
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial - Lincoln City
Ohio River Scenic Route - Indiana - Madison
Cecil M. Harden Lake - Rockville
capital  Capital: Indianapolis

statehood  Statehood: 1816-12-11

population  Population:
6,080,485 (169.5 mi2)

geographic area   Geographic Area (mi2)
    Total 36,417.73
    Water 550.83
    Land 35,866.90
    Rank 38th Largest

education   State Education:
    Pub & Prv Schools
    College & University
    Libraries

border states   Border States: Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio

state health   Health Information:
    Illicit Drug Use
    Youth Risk Survey

housing   Housing: In Indiana, there are 2,532,319 housing units, averaging to 70.6 per sq mile.

state magazines  Related Magazines:
 
Posters and Artwork
Columbus, Indiana - Large Letter Scenes
Columbus, Indiana - Large Letter Scenes
Giclee Print 12" x 9"

 
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