Indianapolis, the largest city in Indiana and its state capital, is located in the center of the state on the White River. Today, Indianapolis is the 12th-largest city in the United States, with a steadily growing population of around 800,000 (the third largest city in the Midwest, and the second most populous state capitol in the U.S., behind Phoenix), and a strong, diverse economy supported by manufacturing, agriculture and the service industries.
Leading employers in the area include electronics, pharmaceuticals, publishing, food processing and insurance companies. Indianapolis has one of the busiest convention centers in the country, and it ranks among the cleanest, safest, most affordable and easiest-to-get-to cities. When considering the total Consolidated City of Indianapolis, the overall crime rate has historically been low compared to the national average.
Cultural attractions in Indianapolis are plentiful. Some of the finest art and artifact collections in the country can be seen at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art and at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The latter is set on 52-acre grounds with the restored mansion of J.K. Lilly Jr., surrounded by beautiful gardens. The city is also home to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana Repertory Theatre and Indianapolis Civic Theatre.
The NBA's Indiana Pacers (18,000-seat Conseco Fieldhouse) and the NFL's Indianapolis Colts (56,000-seat RCA dome) bring major league sports to downtown Indianapolis. The labels of The Amateur Sports Capital of the World, and The Racing Capital of the World, have both been applied to Indianapolis. The city has hosted the 1987 Pan American Games, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, the United States Grand Prix, and is perhaps most famous for the annual Indianapolis 500. The attendance at both the Indianapolis 500 and the Allstate 400 makes them the largest single day sporting events in the world, with well over 250,000 fans in attendance at each.
There's a lot to do in the Indiana outdoors. Brown County Park is Indiana's largest park, offering 12 miles of hiking trails, cabins and camping facilities, horseback riding, and great lakes for fishing. The Falls of Ohio State Park on the Ohio River offers fishing, hiking and 386-million-year-old fossils, which can be viewed when the Ohio River recedes in early autumn. Indianapolis has designated six official Cultural Districts. They are Broad Ripple Village, Massachusetts Avenue, Fountain Square, The Wholesale District, Canal and White River State Park, and Indiana Avenue. These areas have held historic and cultural importance to the city. In recent years they have been revitalized and are becoming major centers for tourism, commerce and residential living.
Indianapolis is the home of the following colleges and universities: Butler University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Marian College, Martin University, Oakland City University Indianapolis, and the University of Indianapolis.
Indianapolis is the international headquarters of the pharmaceutical corporation Eli Lilly and Company, health insurance provider Wellpoint, insurance company American United Life, ATA Airlines, and real estate companies Simon Property Group, Hunt Construction Group, Finish Line, Inc. and Duke Realty Corp. The U.S. headquarters of Roche Diagnostics, Thomson SA, Conseco, Interactive Intelligence, First Internet Bank of Indiana, and Dow AgroSciences are also located in Indianapolis. Other major Indianapolis area employers include Clarian Health, Sallie Mae, Cook Group, Rolls Royce, and General Motors.
Indianapolis has so many styles of homes to offer, from the historic homes of downtown Indianapolis to the new builds of northern Indianapolis, to fit all sorts of budgets and lifestyles. The National Association of Home Builders and Wells Fargo once ranked Indianapolis the most affordable major housing market in the U.S. There is sophisticated urban living in the downtown Indianapolis real estate market. You can find true large-scale contemporary lofts with voluminous interior spaces, elegant penthouse units, rooftop gardens and skyline views, open concept designs, upscale finishes with designer accents and much more.
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