Capital: Indianapolis (the second largest of any state capital)
Major cities: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Gary, Evansille, South Bend
Motto: The Crossroadsof America
Tree: tulip tree
Song: “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away”
Sports: NFL'sIndianapolis Colts, the NBA's Indiana Pacers, and the Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis 500 motorsports races.
The state is bordered on the north by Michigan, on the east by Ohio and on the west byIllinois. The Ohio River separates Indiana from Kentucky on the southern border.
Indiana has a humid continental climate, with cool winters and warm, irriguous summers.
A high percentage ofIndiana's income is from manufacturing.
Indiana is located within the U.S. Corn Belt and Grain Belt. The state has a feedlot-style system raising corn to fatten hogs and cattle. Along with corn,soybeans are also a major cash crop. Its proximity to large urban centers, such as Indianapolis and Chicago, assure that dairying, egg production, and specialty horticulture occur. Other crops includemelons, tomatoes, grapes, mint, popping corn, and tobacco in the southern counties
Indiana has an extensive history with auto racing. Indianapolis hosts the Indianapolis 500 milerace over Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway every May. The name of the race is usually shortened to "Indy 500" and also goes by the nickname "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Therace attracts over 250,000 people every year making it the largest single day sporting event in the world.
Indiana has a rich basketball heritage that reaches back to the formative years of the sportitself.
Indiana is where high school basketball was born.
In Indiana you can find one of the most largest population of Amish people, who are very popular for their Buggys