Interesting Facts about Indiana: 10 Facts about the Hoosier State

Indiana is the 17th most-populous state of the United States that located in the Midwestern similar to Illinois that we talked before. Indiana is bordered by Lake Michigan to the northwest, Michigan to the north, Ohio to the east, Kentucky and the Ohio River to the southeast and south, and Illinois and the Wabash River to the west. Indiana has a nickname of “the Hoosier State” and its native or resident is known as Hoosier. Let’s find out 10 interesting facts about Indiana in this article.

1. Indiana’s Name Means “Land of the Indians”

Indiana’s name means “land of the Indians” or simply “Indian Land”. Indiana received its name because the state was largely possessed by Indian native tribes even after it was granted statehood on December 11, 1816.

Flag of Indiana
Flag of Indiana

2. Indianapolis is the Largest and the Capital City of Indiana

Indianapolis is colloquially known as Indy. It’s the capital city as well as the largest city of Indiana. Indianapolis is also the 15th most populous city in the United City and the third in the Midwest after Chicago of Illinois and Columbus of Ohio. Indianapolis is also 18th largest city by land area in the U.S. with 368 square miles (950 km2) land area.

Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis, Indiana

3. Indiana Has Produced More NBA Players Per Capita than Any Other State

Indiana has produced more National Basketball Association (NBA) players per capita than any other state (as of 2013). Additionally, we can also find that Muncie, a relatively small City in Indiana, has produced the most player per capital than any other American city. We can also find Terre Haute and Anderson in Indiana on the top 10 list.

Muncie Indiana
Muncie, Indiana

4. The Indianapolis 500 is the World’s Largest Single-Day Sporting Event

Every May, over Memorial Day weekend, Indianapolis Motor Speedway holds the Indianapolis 500-mile race. The Indianapolis 500-mile race, shortly called the “Indi 500”, is the largest single-day sporting event in the world as it attracts more than 250,000 people every year. Indianapolis Motor Speedway also hosts Brickyard 400 (NASCAR) and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Indianapolis motor speedway
Indianapolis motor speedway

5. The World’s Largest Children’s Museum is Located in Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children museum in the world. It is 472,900 sq. ft. (43,933.85 m2) with five floors of exhibit halls. More than one million visitors come to this museum annually. There are more than 130,000 artifacts and exhibit items in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. This museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

6. Hoosier Hill is The Highest Natural Point in Indiana

The highest natural point of Indiana is Hoosier Hill. It has a top elevation of 1,257 feet (383 meters) above sea level. Hoosier Hill is located in the northwest of Bethel Hoosier, in the rural area of Franklin Township, Wayne County.

Hoosier Hill
Hoosier Hill

7. Indiana is Among the Top Three States with Most Amish Population

The Amish, formally the Old Order Amish, are known for simple living, plain dress, Christian pacifism, and slowness to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. Most of Amish continue to speak Pennsylvania Dutch as their language. The majority of Amish population in the United States live in 3 states: Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.

Amish buggy
Amish buggy

8. Wabash River is The State River of Indiana

Indiana is the one of only three states that have an official state river (the others are Alabama and Nebraska). The state river of Indiana is Wabash River that designated as the official state river in 1996. Wabash river is 503-mile (810 km) long that drains most of the state of Indiana. Wabah River is also the subject of the Indiana state song “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away.

Wabash River
Wabash River

9. Peony is the Official State Flower of Indiana

The peony (Paeonia) has been the official state flower of Indiana since 1955. It replaced the zinnia, that had been the official state flower of Indiana from 1931 to 1957. The peony is a flowering plant that is native to Asia, Europe and Western North America. There are around 25-40 species of Peonies.

Peony (Paeonia)
Peony (Paeonia)

10. Tulip Tree is the Official State Tree of Indiana

The tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) is the official state tree of Indiana that was designated in 1931. The tulip tree is also the state tree of Kentucky and Tennessee. The tulip tree is native to eastern North America and can grow to more than 50 m (160 ft).

Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera)

There are surely a lot more interesting facts about Indiana besides those 10 facts that we have talked about above. Do you know other Indiana interesting facts that you want to share with us here?

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