44 Important Facts About Indiana

Last updated on May 30th, 2020

36. The first settlers of Indiana were French Catholics at Vincennes?[21]

37. The first Union Station was built here in Indianapolis and was opened on September 20, 1853?

38. Before Indianapolis, until 1825, Corydon was the capital of Indiana.

39. Columbus is located just 40 miles south of Indianapolis and 70 miles north of Louisville. 

40. The American Institute of Architects has ranked Columbus, Indiana at the sixth spot in the nation for architectural innovation and design, right behind Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Moreover, the city also has hundreds of acres in a city park system which is also ranked number one in the country by the National Recreation and Park Association for cities the size of Columbus.[21]

41. Did you know that the land which is now Columbus was known as Tiptonia, named in honor of General Tipton who along with Luke Bonesteel bought the land in 1820? The town’s name was changed to Columbus on March 20, 1821.[21]

42. On May 7, 1919, Indianapolis hosted Welcome Home Day for returning WWI soldiers. On this day, the returning soldiers reunited with their family members and were served boxed lunches by the Salvation Army and Eastern Star. A huge parade was also organized and the soldiers were served a pint of coffee before and after the parade. This year (2019) marked the 100th anniversary of the day.[22]

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43. Did you know that there is a town in corn belt in Indiana called “Popcorn”? The town is famous for the production of popcorn that is free of growth hormones.[23]

44. Indiana exports more products to Canada than any other country. Cars, cars part, and pharmaceuticals are among the major exports from the state.[24]

Indiana – quick facts and state symbols

State AbbreviationIN
State CapitalIndianapolis
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Largest CityIndianapolis
State SizeTotal (Land + Water): 36,418 sq miles; Land Only: 35,867 sq miles
(Estimate July 1, 2018 from United States Census Bureau)
StatehoodDecember 11, 1816
State rank by population17th
State rank by date of formation19th
State rank by area38th
Number of Counties92
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Bordering StatesIllinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio
Official LanguageEnglish
Highest PointHoosier Hill
1,257 ft (383 m)
Lowest pointConfluence of Ohio River and Wabash River
320 ft (97 m)
Mean elevation700 feet above sea level
Length270 miles (435 km)
Width140 miles (225 km)
GovernorEric Holcomb (R)
Lieutenant GovernorSuzanne Crouch (R)
Electoral Votes11
State MottoThe Crossroads of America
State NicknameHoosier State
% Water1.5
Nobel Prize WinnersEric F. Wieschaus (Physiology or Medicine, 1995)
Ferid Murad (Physiology or Medicine, 1998)
Joseph E. Stiglitz (Economic Sciences, 2001)
Richard R. Schrock (Chemistry, 2005)
Harold C. Urey (Chemistry, 1934)
Wendell M. Stanley (Chemistry, 1946)
Paul A. Samuelson (Economic Sciences, 1970)
Philip W. Anderson (Physics, 1977)
Famous peopleChris Doleman (Pro Football player)
Chuck Klein (Baseball player)
George McGinnis (Basket ball player)
Jenna Fischer (Actress)
Michael Jackson (singer songwriter, and dancer)
State BirdCardinal
State FlowerPeony
State InsectSay's Firefly
State TreeTulip tree
Longitude84° 47′ W to 88° 6′ W
Latitude37° 46′ N to 41° 46′ N
Time ZoneEastern Time Zone, Central Time Zone
Area Codes219, 260, 317, 574, 765, 812
Table last updatedJune 8, 2020