Welcome to Indianapolis

 Welcome to Indianapolis


The towering skyscrapers in the city's skyline in Downtown ...

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


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

U.S. cities

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

your speed.

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

62.1% White

26.2% Black or African-ˇAmerican

7.7% Hispanic or Latino

1.8% Asian

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.

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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.

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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.


Victory Field: A Pitcher's Haven | Indians

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.

Monument Circle Defines the Heart of Downtown Indianapolis ...




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.

White River State Park | The Cultural Landscape Foundation


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.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art ...



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

400,00 artifacts.

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


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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.


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.







Historic Madam Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis to ...


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