Indianapolis is the state capital for Indiana, America’s third-most highly populated capital city trailing Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas.
An iconic automobile race, the Indianapolis 500, happens each year over the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an Indianapolis suburb. The Indianapolis 500’s fastest completion time was just over 21 hours and 41 minutes posted by Arie Luyendyk from the Netherlands, who averaged 185.98 miles per hour (299.31 kilometers per hour).
Also in Indiana’s capital city, American Florence Griffith-Joyner set a Guinness world record for women by sprinting 100 meters in 10.49 seconds.
Indianapolis serves as headquarters for three large corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies for 2017. These large businesses are: for-profit managed health care provider Anthem Inc; global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Company; and America’s biggest shopping mall operator Simon Property Group.
Indiana shipped U$34.7 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Indianan exports are drugs and medicines, motor vehicle gear boxes, antisera and blood products, larger passenger vehicles, civilian aircraft and piston engines according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Indianapolis was 3.3% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Indianapolis, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, City-Country Building Observatory, Hook’s American Drugstore Museum, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indy Racing Experience, Victory Field
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Indianapolis, United States:
- Babyface, Grammy Award-winning music producer (born Apr. 10, 1959)
- David Letterman, TV host (born Apr. 12, 1947)
- Jane Pauley, news anchor (born Oct. 31, 1950)
- Adam Lambert, pop singer (born Jan. 29, 1982)
- Samantha Peszek, Olympic gymnastics silver medalist (born Dec. 14, 1991)
- Steve Ells, founder & CEO Chipotle Mexican Grill (born Sep. 12, 1966)
- Marvin Johnson, Olympic boxing bronze medalist (born Aug. 12, 1954)
- Mark Epps, comedian (born Nov. 18, 1970)
- David Wolf, medical doctor & astronaut (born Aug. 23, 1956)
- Kurt Vonnegut, author (born Nov. 11, 1922)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Indianapolis resident: Indianapolitan
Population: 853,000 in 2015 (Indianapolis city limits)
Density: 2,336 people per square mile (902 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,004,230 in 2016 (Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metropolitan area)
Density: 337 people per square mile (130 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$134.081 billion as of March 2015 (Indianapolis metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $66,899
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Indianapolis: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 23, 2017
City Population, Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson (Metropolitan Statistical Area in USA). Accessed on May 23, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 23, 2017
Guinness World Records, Fastest run 110 metres (female). Accessed on May 23, 2017
Guinness World Records, Fastest time to complete the Indianapolis 500 race. Accessed on May 23, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 23, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Indianapolis official website. Accessed on May 23, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 23, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 23, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 23, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 23, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Indianapolis city flag. Accessed on May 23, 2017
Wikipedia, Indiana. Accessed on May 23, 2017
Wikipedia, Indianapolis. Accessed on May 23, 2017
Wikipedia, Indianapolis metropolitan area. Accessed on May 23, 2017
Within city limits, Indianapolis occupies 365.1 square miles (945.6 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 853,000 Indianapolitans in 2015.
Commonly called the Indianapolis metropolitan area, Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson is an 11-county metropolitan area occupying a land area of 5,940.7 square miles (15,386.4 square kilometers) with an estimated population totaling two million inhabitants in 2016.
At the city level, Indianapolis’s population density is 2,336 residents per square mile (902 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Indianapolis metropolitan area with an average 337 inhabitants per square mile (130 per square kilometer).
Indianapolitans celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.