A Guide To The Basics


Located at the “Crossroads of America,” Indianapolis (latitude: 39°46'N longitude: 86°09'W) is the capital city of the state of Indiana.


Indianapolis has four distinct seasons. Temperatures range from an average low of 17.2°F in January to an average high of 85.5°F in July.


Selected by General Assembly as site of new state capital, 1821.


918,977 - City of Indianapolis (Marion County); 12th largest city in the U.S. (2013)
1,756,241 - Indianapolis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA); 34th largest U.S. metro area.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau (2010)

Population Segments:

61.8% White
27.5% African-American
9.4% Hispanic/Latino
2.1% Asian
0.3% American Indian
Source: U.S. Census Bureau


3,863 Square Miles - Indianapolis MSA
396 Square Miles - City of Indianapolis (Marion County)
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Ten-county MSA:

Boone, Brown, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Putnam, Shelby


Mayor of Indianapolis
Greg Ballard

Governor of Indiana
Mike Pence

Labor Statistics:

Indianapolis MSA Labor Force
921,717 Total labor force
6.6% Unemployment rate
Source: STATS Indiana, November 2013

Cost of Living Index:

91.3 Marion County, IN
100 National Average
Source: AACRA Cost of Living Index, Second Quarter 2013

Housing Costs (average home cost):

$136,800 Single-family home
Source: U.S. Census Bureau


Colleges and Universities (Enrollment -- 2011)
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis 35,900
IVY Tech Community College, Central Indiana 87,447
Butler University 5,223
University of Indianapolis 5,392
Marian College 2,549
Martin University 978

Indianapolis' Top 10 Employers:

IU Health 20,292 Hospitals/Healthcare
St. Vincent Hospitals & Health Services 11,075 Hospitals/Healthcare
Eli Lilly and Company 10,500 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Wal-Mart 9,000 Retail
Marsh Supermarkets 8,890 Retail Grocer
Community Health Network 8,100 Hospitals/Healthcare
Indianapolis Public Schools 6,123 Education
Fed Ex Express 6,000 Logistics/Couriers
Franciscan St. Francis Health 5,576 Hospitals/Healthcare
IUPUI 5,100 Colleges and Universities

Source: The Indy Partnership, December 2007
*Local, state and federal employers excluded.

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