Indianapolis, Indiana


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The modern state of Indiana was once the home of the Miami and Lenape (or Delaware) tribes.  However, by the early 1820s, they had all been driven out of the area by American settlers.  The city of Indianapolis, which is located on the White River, was selected as state capital in 1820.  Many state capitals are located near the centers of their respective states, but according to the 1990 book Indianapolis, by Howard Caldwell and Darryl Jones, Indianapolis is located closest to its state’s exact center.  An Indiana Supreme Court Judge, Jeremiah Sullivan, gave the city its name by joining Indiana (originally meaning ‘Land of the Indians’ or ‘Indian Land’) with the Ancient Greek term for city, ‘polis’.  Thus, Indianapolis means “Indiana City”.

According to the 2010 US Census, Indianapolis has a population of 820,445 people.  This makes it the 12th largest city in the country.  Indianapolis’ metropolitan statistical area was estimated to have a population of 1,756,241 people.  This would make it the 34th largest metropolitan statistical area in the United States.

Indianapolis’ largest industry sectors (by employment) are manufacturing, health care and social services, and retail trade.  The city is home to many large companies such as Eli Lilly and Company, Brightpoint, Anthem Inc., Marsh Supermarkets, Finish Line, hhgregg Inc., Republic Airways Holdings (which include Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines, and Shuttle America), and REIT Simon Property Group.

Indianapolis also serves as the U.S. headquarters for Roche Diagnostics, First Internet Bank of Indiana, CNO Financial Group, Dow AgroSciences, Steak ‘n Shake, Angie’s List, and Allison Transmission.

One of the biggest attractions in Indianapolis is Monument Circle, which features the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.  This monument is even depicted on the city’s flag.  During the holiday season, lights are strung onto the monument in a ceremony referred to as ‘the Circle of Lights’.  This ceremony attracts tens of thousands of people every year.

Architects Edwin May and Adolf Scherer designed the Indiana State House in 1888.  It houses the Indiana General Assembly, the office of the Governor of Indiana, and the Supreme Court of Indiana.  It is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is the fifth building to house the Indiana state government.

Indianapolis serves as the headquarters for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), which oversees all college athletics.  Adjacent to their national office is the NCAA Hall of Champions, which is a museum, exhibition center, and conference center.

Indianapolis is home to two major professional sports teams.  The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts play in Lucas Oil Stadium and have one Super Bowl title to their name.  The NBA’s Indiana Pacers play their home games in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

The city is better known for its role in automobile racing.  The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), which is located just outside Indianapolis in Speedway, Indiana, serves as the site of three major motor racing events every year: The Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The most prestigious of these races is undoubtedly the Indianapolis 500 (or Indy 500), established in 1911.  The Indy 500 is the premier event in the National Championship of open wheel car racing.  It is also the largest single-day sporting event in the world, boasting more than 257,000 permanent seats (which doesn’t even include the infield area.)  The headquarters for the sport are also located in Indianapolis.

Own a small business in the Indianapolis metropolitan area?  Are you thinking about it?  These resources might help you:

Apply for a Business License in Indianapolis

Business in Indianapolis

Indy Chamber (Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce)

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DG Graphics
262 East Morgan Street
Martinsville, IN 46151

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Morristown, IN