Welcome to Indianapolis
Welcome to Indianapolis
In the heart of the Midwest is a city rich in arts and culture, history and heritage, time-ˇhonored
traditions and endless possibilities. Indianapolis, the nation’s twelfth largest city, has gone through a
dramatic revitalization and stunning renaissance period that makes it almost unrecognizable from
the place it was less than two decades ago. Indianapolis is the right balance of big-ˇcity style and
small-ˇtown neighborliness that makes it the perfect place to live. Discover more about this place
where everyone is welcomed by the warmth of genuine smiles. What follows is just an overview
about the Hoosier Capital. Also to assist you, this City Guide includes numerous links to websites that provide additional information about the events and locations mentioned.
Who We Are
SMALL TOWN WITH A BIG CITY ATMOSPHERE
Since the 1990’s, Indianapolis’ successful efforts to revitalize the heart of the city have resulted in a
downtown package that includes the new Lucas Oil Stadium, Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, Victory Field,
a larger Indiana Convention Center, an IMAX large-ˇformat theater, a world-ˇclass zoo, numerous
museums, high-ˇrise office buildings, state-ˇof-ˇthe-ˇart sporting facilities, several hotels, restored
residential areas, and Circle Centre Mall.
Diversity and steady growth have long been the hallmarks of the Indianapolis economy and have
long been the foundation of Indy’s strong performance during the past decade. Indianapolis can
boast on diverse strengths in the manufacturing, distribution, retail and service sectors. Economic diversity
keeps Indy on a steady growth track, and away from the boom and bust cycles experienced by many
Where We Are
Indianapolis is easily accessible from a wide variety of locations. Did you know more interstate
highways bisect Indianapolis than any other in the country, earning our city the title of Crossroads of
America? I-ˇ465 completely encircles the city like a wheel, with connecting spokes made out of I-ˇ65,
I-ˇ69, I-ˇ74 and I-ˇ70, plus US-ˇ31, US-ˇ40 and others. Because of our central location and ties to
the interstate system, half the nation’s population is within a day’s drive, which makes traveling to
and from Indy by car quite convenient. Of course, the Indianapolis International Airport offers travel
on several airlines with nonstop and direct flights to more than 100 destinations, if air travel is more
Quick Facts about Living in Indy
The Indianapolis Region, also known as Greater Indianapolis, is a nine-ˇcounty area that surrounds
the center and capital. These counties are Marion, Boone, Hamilton, Madison, Hancock, Shelby,
Johnson, Morgan, and Hendricks. Based on the growth of nearby Carmel, Indiana, the Indianapolis
statistical area this describes was renamed Indianapolis-ˇCarmel in 2007.
903,393 Marion County Metropolitan Statistical Area 2010
1,778,568 Indianapolis-ˇCarmel Metropolitan Statistical Area 2010
Population Segments -ˇ Metropolitan Statistical Area 2010
26.2% Black or African-ˇAmerican
7.7% Hispanic or Latino
0.2% Other Races
2.0% Two or More Races
3,854 Square Miles Indianapolis-ˇ
Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area, 2011
396 Square Miles City of Indianapolis (Marion County)
Labor Force Indianapolis-ˇCarmel Metropolitan Statistical Area, 2012
905,398 Total Labor Force
7.8% Unemployment rate
Cost of Living Index -ˇ 2010
Based on the National Average of 100, Indianapolis has a lower Cost of Living Index than several
other cities in the Midwest.
87.2 Indianapolis-ˇCarmel, IN
90.4 St. Louis, MO-ˇIL
97.8 Kansas City, MO-ˇKS
92.0 Columbus, OH
99.4 Detroit, MI
93.8 Cincinnati, OH
116.9 Chicago, IL
92.8 Lexington, KY
87.7 Louisville, KY
Cost of Housing
$183,040 Average Price of New Home (Marion County 2012)
$116,061 Average Price of Existing Home (Marion County 2012)$151,568 Average Price of Home
(Metropolitan Indianapolis Area 2012)
Climate (The Weather Channel)
• July is the average warmest month at 84ÆF
• The highest recorded temperature was 104ÆF in 1988.
• October average for the fall is 64ÆF
• The average coolest month is January at 34ÆF
• The lowest recorded temperature was -ˇ22ÆF in 1985.
• May is the average wettest month.
What We Have to Offer
From sporting events to special events, Indianapolis hosts all kinds, especially during the summer
months. In May, join the swell of people who come to the city to participate in the Indianapolis 500
Festival including the Mini Marathon, the nation’s largest half marathon with a record 35,000
Enjoy the sounds of the Indy Jazz Fest at downtown’s Military Park. Explore African-ˇAmerican
heritage and culture in July during the weeklong Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration. And revel
in the sights, sounds, smells and sensations of the Indiana State Fair, the oldest state fair in the
country held for a dozen days in August on the near north side of the city.
Did someone just say speed? Mention racing and Indianapolis takes the checkered flag every time.
Commonly referred to as the “Racing Capital of the World,” Indianapolis hosts the three largest
single-ˇday sporting events in the world: the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400 and the United
States Grand Prix, which brings fans to Indy from across the globe. The privately-ˇowned Indianapolis
Motor Speedway is located on the near west side of Indianapolis in the town of
Speedway. Indianapolis also is home to Lucus Oil Raceway where the NHRA Drag Racing Series
and USAC Midget and Sprint Cars hit the track. The Hall of Fame Museum on the grounds of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is where you can discover how the area’s love affair with racing
started, where it’s been and where it’s going. Racing certainly is not all Indy has to offer the sports-ˇ
minded. The city boasts professional teams in basketball, football, and baseball. Always known as a
basketball state (remember the movie “Hoosiers”?), Indianapolis has been home to the Indiana Pacers basketball franchise for forty years.
This rich history from ABA to NBA includes winning memories of star players from George
McGinnis to Reggie Miller. The downtown Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, a state-ˇof-ˇthe-ˇart building with a
nostalgic façade, also is home to the WNBA’s Indiana Fever -ˇ-ˇ 2012 WNBA Champions!
Since March 28, 1984, the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts have called Indy home. With a city of supporters
behind them, Coach Tony Dungy and MVP Peyton Manning led the team to victory in as Super Bowl
XLI Champions in 2007. Their new home field with a retractable roof, Lucas Oil Stadium, gives the
team a great home field advantage and provided the city with the opportunity to host Super Bowl
XLVI on February 5, 2012.
Professional baseball has been played in Indianapolis since 1887, and today is home to the
Indianapolis Indians, the “Triple A” affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indians play ball in the
heart of downtown at Victory Field, the “best minor league ballpark in America” and a great place for
the whole family to spend a summer afternoon or evening.
Indiana Ice is a Tier 1 hockey team formed in 2004 when it was purchased from the former Danville,
Illinois, the Danville Wings. They skate at the Pepsi Coliseum on the Indiana State Fairgrounds and
at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.
Indianapolis’ pro soccer team Indy Eleven will make its on-ˇfield debut in April 2014. The team will
compete in the North American Soccer League, the top feeder league to Major League Soccer.
Designed by the architects of Washington, DC, downtown Indianapolis is laid out on a mile square
grid with Monument Circle serving as the centerpiece. At the center of Monument Circle stands the
284-ˇfoot Soldiers’ & Sailors’ Monument. Made of Indiana limestone, the Soldiers’ & Sailors’
Monument stands as a tribute to the Indiana military servicemen who served in the Civil and
Spanish-ˇAmerican Wars. Thirty-ˇtwo stories up, an observation tower provides a panoramic view of
the city skyline.
Located in the southwest quadrant of downtown, White River State Park features the grassy areas,
trees, water and walkways visitors expect to find in a state park. In addition, it is home to such
attractions as the Indiana State Museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indianapolis Zoo, White
River Gardens, the IMAX Theater, the Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western
Art, Victory Field ballpark, the National Institute for Fitness and Sport and the Congressional Medal
of Honor Memorial. Stroll to and from the White River State Park attractions on the many trails and
paths that run through it.
The Eiteljorg Museum of Native American and Western Art is a showplace for the art, culture and
history of the American West and its indigenous people. Educational programs, engaging exhibits
and special events are added dimensions of this unique museum.
Follow the journey of the student-ˇathlete at the NCAA Hall of Champions. Through a variety of highly
interactive displays and video presentations, visitors are able to see and hear athletes and
coaches describe how they excelled in their respective sports.
Get back to nature at the Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens, where plants and animals are
the main attraction. The nation’s only accredited combined zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden, it
occupies 64 acres in White River State Park. The Indianapolis Zoo, divided into biomes, features
nearly 4,000 animals in a “cage less” setting and is home to the state’s largest aquarium. White
River Gardens gets two green thumbs up for its seasonal botanical shows, theme demonstration
gardens and a 5,000 square-ˇfeet conservatory filled with tropical plants.
The Indiana State Museum is a showplace for Indiana’s cultural and natural history. The building,
constructed of Indiana materials, triples the size of exhibit and program space from its former
locations while preservation labs and storage facilities house the museum’s collection of more than
People of all ages enjoy the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Whether measured by size, number
of artifacts or number of visitors, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the world’s largest and
was recently ranked as the “best children’s museum” in the country by Child magazine and the No. 1
museum in the Midwest by FamilyFun magazine. The five-ˇstory museum houses 100,000 artifacts in
10 major galleries that explore the physical and natural sciences, history, foreign cultures and the
arts. Many of the exhibits are interactive and participatory, encouraging hands-ˇon learning. Treat
yourself to a ride on the turn-ˇof-ˇthe-ˇcentury carousel, get a great view of the stars at SpaceQuest
Planetarium or get prehistoric in the Dino Discovery Lab, where children can work
side-ˇby-ˇside with professional paleontologists to select 65 million year-ˇold dinosaur fossils for display
in the Dinosphere, the most up-ˇto-ˇdate representation of dinosaur behavior in the world.
Visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art to enjoy one of the largest general art museums in the United
States where a $180 million investment project was completed in 2010. Feast your eyes on
paintings, sculptures, photographs and textiles from African, American, Asian and European
collections. While there, plan to visit the National Historic Landmark 26-ˇacre estate Oldfields-ˇLilly
House and Gardens. And wander the 100-ˇacres of untamed woodlands, wetlands, lake and meadow
of the adjacent Fairbanks Art and Nature Park.
INDY’S MORE HISTORICAL SIDE
Indianapolis is second only to Washington, DC, in number of memorials. The city pays homage and
respect through memorials to Medal of Honor recipients, fallen law enforcement and firefighters, and
Hoosiers who died in conflicts from the Civil War to Somalia. Indianapolis is also home to one of only
26 national monuments in the country. Situated on the east bank of the Central Canal, the USS
Indianapolis Memorial recognizes those who died on the last U.S. ship to sink during World War II.
Etched on one side is the story of the sinking with the names of all those who served on the other.
Step inside the beautiful Hilbert Circle Theater right on Monument Circleto hear the Indianapolis
Symphony Orchestra. The year-ˇround performance schedule of 200 classical, pop and holiday
concerts is performed at the historic theater, plus summer concerts are heard under the stars at
Conner Prairie frontier village.
Just a few blocks from Monument Circle stands Indianapolis
Union Railroad Station, site of the nation’s first union railroad. Built in 1888 to handle the booming
rail traffic, Union Station has been restored into a beautiful hotel and meeting venue.
Also within walking distance of Monument Circle is the
Indianapolis City Market. Established in 1886, the original City Market is still standing and listed in
the National Register of Historic Places. In an Old World atmosphere, the market’s vendors offer
fresh produce, meats, fish, imported coffees and baked goods. Specialty stands include gifts,
flowers, candy, shoe shines, clothing alterations, and shoe and leather repair. Cart vendors ranging f
rom a portrait artist to various craft and jewelry designers add an ever-ˇchanging flavor to the market.
For decades, the Madame Walker Theatre Center has been the heart of Indiana Avenue, once well-ˇknown
throughout the Midwest as the city’s center of jazz. Legendary musicians like Bix Beiderbecke and
West Montgomery played at the Indiana Avenue jazz clubs. The Walker Building and Theatre were
originally constructed in 1927 as the home of Walker Manufacturing, founded by the country’s first female self-ˇmade millionaire, Madame C.J. Walker.
Travel north to the Indianapolis suburb of Fishers for a stop at Conner Prairie, an open-ˇair living history museum. It serves as a local, regional, and national center for research and education
about the lives, times, attitudes, and values of early 19-ˇcentury settlers in the Old Northwest
Territory, emphasizing the Indiana experience. The museum and historic areas are set on a 210
acre site featuring wooded areas and orchards along the White River in central Indiana. Each year,
more than 320,000 people visit this living history museum and frontier village where the pas becomes the present. You can experience authentic frontier activities, including a pioneer wedding celebration and camp meeting. Seasonal events and exhibits throughout the year enrich the museum and its visitors. It’s good, old-ˇfashioned family fun...1830’s style. https://www.connerprairie.org/
For more modern outdoor activity, spend the day at Eagle Creek Park. With 3,900 acres of wooded
terrain and a 1,300-ˇacre reservoir, Eagle Creek, is one of the largest municipal parks in the United
States. The park has footpaths, bike trails, a nature center, a 36-ˇhole golf course, archery and pistol
range, shelter houses, playgrounds and two retreat centers that are available for day conferences or
retreats. Visitors can swim, sail, canoe, bird watch, fish and cross-ˇcountry ski.
Horse-ˇdrawn carriage rides through the park are offered seasonally. Eagle Creek is home to one of
only two rowing courses in the United Sates sanctioned for international competition by the