Date admitted to the US – December 11, 1816
Postal abbreviation – IN
Capital – Indianapolis
Area – 36,417.73 [38th largest in the US]
Population as of census 2010 – 6,483,802 [15th largest in the US]
Population density per square mile – 181 [17th largest in the US]
Area codes – 219, 260, 317, 574, 765, 812
Zip codes – 46001 - 47997
Number of counties – 92
State nickname – Hoosier State
State motto – “The Crossroads of America"
|State Flag of Indiana|
-The first long-distance auto race in the US was held May 30, 1911, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The winner averaged 75 miles per hour and first prize was $14,000. Today the average speed is over 167 miles per hour and the prize is more than $1.2 million. The Indianapolis 500 is 200 laps [500 miles] and is held every Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis.
-Santa Claus, Indiana receives over half a million letters at Christmas time.
-Parke County has 32 covered bridges and is the Covered Bridge Capital of the World.
-Indiana, the "Cross Roads of America", has more miles of Interstate Highway per square mile than any other state. Today, more major highways intersect in Indiana than in any other state.
-Many Mennonite and Amish live on the farmland of Northeastern Indiana. According to Amish ordnung (rules) they are forbidden to drive cars, use electricity, or go to public places of entertainment.
-Studebaker Company, in South Bend, was the nation's largest producer of horse-drawn wagons. It later developed into a multimillion-dollar automobile manufacturer.
-The Saturday Evening Post is published in Indianapolis.
-Indiana University Bloomington, Maurer School of Law
-Indiana University, Robert H McKinney School of Law
-University of Notre Dame Law School
-Valparaiso University Law