Whether you want to admit it or not Indianapolis, Colts, corn, cars, and tractors pretty much sums up what people think when you mention the Indiana. Whether you live in Indiana or not – how much do you really know about the state? How much do you know about some of the biggest cities in it? And no, I’m not just talking about the most populated cities. I’m talking about a combination of the two. Here are 10 of the biggest cities in Indiana and a little more about them.
Most people are not going to find it too surprising that Indianapolis is number one on this list. It's a city you either love or hate. Regardless of what you feel for the state, this city is the capital of Indiana and the largest city here. Did you know it's home to 820,000 people? Maybe this is why I can go to the local grocery store at least once a week and never see the same people twice… I’m actually a little shocked I’m able to just randomly run into people I know considering how many people live here.
Did you know Indianapolis has a consolidated city county form of government? Did you know there are only 27 cities in the United States that have that? The city is arguably best known for the Indianapolis 500 which has been in business since 1911. Being someone who has lived close to the track since I was a baby, I’m not really a fan of the Indianapolis 500. I was actually born on the day of the Indianapolis 500. My mother had to have a police escort to the hospital because of all the roads they blocked off. Crazy, right?
2. Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne is located less than 20 miles away from Ohio. It has a population of 250,000 people. Unfortunately, this city is known for losing more than 30,000 jobs between the International Harvester closing in 1982 and the reduction in General Electric jobs.
Evansville is recognized as the third largest city in Indiana. It's considered the medical, cultural, and commercial hub of the state. It has a population of 117,000 people according to a 2010 census. The city is commonly referred to as the River City. The Historic Bosse Field is one of the big attractions that draws people to Evansville.
4. South Bend
The University of Notre Dame is what South Bend is best known for. This university is home to about 8,000 undergraduates and 4,700 employees. This also makes it the largest employer in St. Joseph county. The university is famous for its football team and going to the football games is a pretty big deal in the city regardless of if attend the school or not. Unfortunately, the population of the city took a pretty steep decline back in the 1960s. This is because a lot of people had to move away to find other heavy industry work when Studebaker closed down.
Carmel has been known as the fastest growing city in Indiana since as long as anyone can remember. To date, there are more than 87,000 people living in the city. Many people wonder when the growing is going to cap off. Being known as one of the richest cities in the state, it tends to be a very desirable place to move if you have money.
Much like South Bend, Bloomington is also known for the school it's home to. Bloomington has the Indiana University which is one of many popular choices for individuals who want to go to school in Indiana. The school houses more than 42,000 students every single year. Between this university and Ivy Tech, it really isn’t surprising to hear that this city is considered a college city. If you don’t like the college life, you probably aren’t going to enjoy living in Bloomington as just about everyone here goes to school.
In 2010, Hammond replaced Gary as the most populated city in Lake County having a population of 80,830 people. I was a little surprised to see this city make it so high up on the list. This is only because I, personally, didn’t know much about the city, it doesn't seem to come up in conversation a lot. There's a lot of water in/near this city as Grand Calumet River, Lake George, Lake Michigan, Little Calumet River, Oxbow Lake, and Wolf Lake are all either completely or partially a part of the city.
Gary is another city I’m a little surprised to see on this list. This is just because Gary is known for a lot of things and being a super populated or big hopping place to go isn't one of them. Gary is a city people visit when they're looking to explore abandoned and partially burned buildings. After so many places closed or were abandoned due to the the arson outbreak, a lot of people left the city because there was nowhere for them to work.
Lafayette is home to roughly 70,000 people. It's home to Purdue University which is considered to be the largest employer in the city. Purdue University offers more than 200 different majors for their undergraduate students to enjoy. Other major employers in the city include Wabash National, Caterpillar, and Subaru of Indiana. Lafayette is a great place to go if you are looking for a job opportunity as they have a lot to offer their residents in terms of employment.
Columbus is a pretty small city with just 45,000 people. But, it's number 10 on the top 10 biggest cities in the state. If you're looking for it, you will find it just 40 miles to the south of the city of Indianapolis. Back in 1991, the city was ranked as the sixth city in American for architecture enthusiasts to enjoy. Columbus is home to tons of national historic landmarks including First Baptist Church, Irwin Union Bank, and Miller House and Garden.
There! Now, you know a little more about the 10 biggest cities in the state and what they have to offer. Were you surprised to see any of the cities on this list? I know I was surprised by a few of them! Let me know what you think in the comments about these ten cities!