Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and the 14th largest city in the U.S. The ten-county metropolitan area is home to over 1.5 million residents. The Indianapolis area was the second fastest growing major metropolitan area in the Midwest in the 1990s, outpacing the average growth throughout the region and the nation.
Indy is easy to get to. Known as the “Crossroads of America,” Indianapolis is well-connected to the nation by interstate highways leading in nearly every direction. More than half the nation’s population lives within a day's drive of Indianapolis. Indianapolis International Airport is one of the most convenient airports in the nation, just 15 minutes from downtown—with a brand-new terminal building that is both modern and efficient.
Indy is a great place to live and work. Indianapolis is consistently ranked nationally among the best places to live. Housing costs are among the lowest of all major metropolitan areas, while household income is among the highest. Not only is the cost of living index less than the national average, so is the unemployment rate.
Attractions and culture
There’s plenty to do in Indy. The city is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Children's Museum, the largest children’s museum in the world. Downtown draws include White River State Park, home to the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indiana State Museum, an IMAX Theater, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, and a growing schedule of outdoor concerts. It's easy to walk between many of the downtown cultural and entertainment venues, and outdoor recreation is plentiful.
The world-class Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performs at its downtown home, the Hilbert Circle Theatre, from September to June as well as at Conner Prairie on Indianapolis’ north side every summer for the very popular Symphony on the Prairie series. Along with the Indianapolis Opera, the Butler Ballet, the Indianapolis Repertory Theatre, the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, and more than 150 other arts groups, the city offers a variety of art and cultural events to enjoy.
Central Indiana is "the Amateur Sports Capital of the World" and is an important center for both professional and amateur sports. The city has hosted over 250 national and international sporting events, including the Pan Am Games, NCAA Final Four, PGA Golf Championship, RCA Tennis Championship, Circle City Classic and the nation's largest "mini" or half-marathon. The Indiana University Natatorium is a world-class swimming and diving facility and frequent host of major events such as the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. The Major Taylor Velodrome, a championship bicycle-racing track, is a favorite of cycling enthusiasts. Indy also is the home of the NCAA Headquarters and Hall of Champions.
The Indianapolis Colts battle NFL rivals Sundays inside Indianapolis' newest sports center, Lucas Oil Stadium, where the 2012 Super Bowl took place. The NBA's Indiana Pacers and WNBA Indiana Fever play at beautiful Conseco Fieldhouse. The AAA baseball team Indianapolis Indians and USHL hockey team Indiana Ice call Indy home as well.
Indianapolis is home to the two largest single-day sporting events in the world: the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, known as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, as well as the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
Online guides to Indianapolis
Living in Indianapolis and surrounding areas