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Population: 6,537,334 (Source: 2012 U.S. Census)
Major Cities: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Carmel
Borders: Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): $298,625 million (2012 U.S. Department of Commerce)
Agriculture including corn, grain, soybeans, dairy products, and melons
Steel, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automobiles, chemical products, and machinery
How Indiana got its name: The name Indiana refers to the local Native Americans and means land of the Indians.
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Indiana State Symbols
State Nickname: Crossroads of America
State Slogan: Restart Your Engines, (formerly) Enjoy Indiana
State Motto: The Hoosier State, The Crossroads of America
State flower: Peony
State bird: Cardinal
State fish: none
State tree: The Tulip Tree
State mammal: (NA)
State foods: Pork
Becoming a State
Date admitted: Wednesday, December 11, 1816
Number admitted: 19
Prior Name: Indiana Territory
Postal Abbreviation: IN
The Geography of Indiana
Total Size: 35,867 sq. miles (source: 2003 Census)
Geographical Low Point: Ohio River at 320 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Posey (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Geographical High Point: Hoosier Hill at 1,257 feet, located in the county/subdivision of Wayne (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Central Point: Located in Boone County approx. 14 miles north-northwest of Indianapolis (source: U.S. Geological Survey)
Counties: 92 (source: National Association of Counties)
Bodies of Water: Lake Michigan, Ohio River, White River, Wabash River, Kankakee River
- Larry Bird - Basketball player
- James Dean - Actor
- John Dillinger - Infamous criminal
- Gus Grissom - Astronaut
- Janet Jackson - Singer
- Michael Jackson - Singer and songwriter
- David Letterman - Talk show host and comedian
- Jane Pauley - News anchor and talk show host
- Cole Porter - Songwriter for many Broadway musicals
- Dan Quayle - Vice President of the United States
- Kurt Vonnegut - Author
- Wilbur Wright- Inventor of the airplane
- The Indianapolis 500 Car Race is the biggest sporting event in the world.
- Holiday World, in Santa Claus, Indiana, is said to be the world's first theme park.
- Indiana makes more popcorn than any other US state.
- The Indiana State Flag has 19 stars. The 19th star stands for Indiana being the 19th state admitted into the Union.
- Indiana has the nickname the Hoosier State, but no one is quite sure where the name Hoosier came from.
- Abraham Lincoln grew up in Spencer County, Indiana.
- The first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1871.
- Indiana has a city named Santa Claus. Each year hundreds of thousands of letters are mailed there at Christmas time.
- There are more miles of interstate per square mile in Indiana than any other state. It really lives up to its nickname the Crossroads of America.
- Almost half of the cropland in the state is planted with corn in a typically year.
Professional Sports Teams
- Indianapolis Colts - NFL (football)
- Indiana Fever - WNBA (basketball)
- Indiana Pacers - NBA (basketball)
Geography >> US States>> Indiana History
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