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March 5th, 2012 | Indiana Communities

Capital: Indianapolis
Governor: Mitchell Daniels, R (to Jan. 2013)
Lieut. Governor: Becky Skillman, R (to Jan. 2013)
Senators: Evan Bayh, D (to Jan. 2011); Richard G. Lugar, R (to Jan. 2013)
Secy. of State: Todd Rokita, R (to Jan. 2011)
Treasurer: Richard E. Mourdock, R (to Jan. 2011)
Atty. General: Greg Zoeller, R (to Jan. 2013)
Organized as territory: May 7, 1800
Entered Union (rank): Dec. 11, 1816 (19)
Present constitution adopted: 1851
Motto: The Crossroads of America

State symbols:

flower: peony (1957)
tree: tulip tree (1931)
bird: cardinal (1933)
song: “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away” (1913)
river: Wabash
stone: limestone
Nickname: Hoosier State
Origin of name: Meaning “land of Indians”
Official language: English
10 largest cities (2005 est.): Indianapolis, 784,118; Fort Wayne, 223,341; Evansville, 115,918; South Bend, 105,262; Gary, 98,715; Hammond, 79,217; Bloomington, 69,017; Muncie, 66,164; Lafayette, 60,459; Carmel, 59,243
Land area: 35,867 sq mi. (92,896 sq km)
Geographic center: In Boone Co., 14 mi. NNW of Indianapolis
Number of counties: 92
Largest county by population and area: Marion, 863,133 (2005); Allen, 657 sq mi.
State parks: 23 (56,409 ac.)
State historic sites: 17 (2,007 ac.)
Residents: Indianan, Indianian, Hoosier
2000 resident census population (rank): 6,080,485 (14). Male: 2,982,474 (49.0%); Female: 3,098,011 (51.0%); White: 5,320,022 (87.5%); Black: 510,034 (8.4%); American Indian: 15,815 (0.3%); Asian: 59,126 (1.0%); Other race: 97,811 (1.6%); Two or more races: 75,672 (1.2%); Hispanic/Latino: 214,536 (3.5%). 2000 percent population 18 and over: 74.1; 65 and over: 12.4; median age: 35.2.

Indiana History

First explored for France by Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle, in 1679–1680, the region figured importantly in the Franco-British struggle for North America that culminated with British victory in 1763. George Rogers Clark led American forces against the British in the area during the Revolutionary War and, prior to becoming a state, Indiana was the scene of frequent Indian uprisings until the victories of Gen. Anthony Wayne at Fallen Timbers in 1794 and Gen. William Henry Harrison at Tippecanoe in 1811.
During the 19th century, Indiana was the site of several experimental communities, including those established by George Rapp and Robert Owen at New Harmony.
Indiana's 41-mile Lake Michigan waterfront—one of the world's great industrial centers—turns out iron, steel, and oil products. Products include automobile parts and accessories, mobile homes and recreational vehicles, truck and bus bodies, aircraft engines, farm machinery, and fabricated structural steel. Wood office furniture and pharmaceuticals are also manufactured.
The state is a leader in agriculture with corn the principal crop. Hogs, soybeans, wheat, oats, rye, tomatoes, onions, and poultry also contribute heavily to Indiana's agricultural output.
Much of the building limestone used in the U.S. is quarried in Indiana, which is also a large producer of coal. Other mineral commodities include crushed stone, cement, and sand and gravel.

Wyandotte Cave, one of the largest in the U.S., is located in Crawford County in southern Indiana, and West Baden and French Lick are well known for their mineral springs. Other attractions include Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. 


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