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Indianapolis

Written by Ysmay.

Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and the 12th largest city in the United States as of the 2010 census. Indianapolis' economy was largely focused on manufacturing and government, but in recent years their economy has become much more diverse. Indianapolis is becoming a hub for health care, finance, and education.

Indy's skyline is slowly becoming iconic, but this wasn't always the case. Construction of high-rise buildings didn't start until 1888 when the Indiana Statehouse, which stands 256 feet high - was constructed.

Indianapolis had a city ordinance similar to that of Santa Fe, New Mexico - no building could be taller than the 284 feet tall Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument which was constructed in 1898. (In Santa Fe no building can be taller than the Cathedral.) The monument remained as the highest structure until the City-County building was completed in 1962. Skyscrapers began being built in the 1980s with the One America building in 1982. The Chase Tower was built in the 1990s.

Many of Indiana's most well-known companies can be found in Indianapolis, including Wellpoint, Eli Lilly and Company, Finish Line, Brightpoint, First Internet Bank of Indiana, and Allison Transmission. The Indianapolis Airport (IND) is the largest airport in Indiana. IND is home to the second largest FedEx operation after Memphis.

For those who drive, there are many Interstates in the area which may ease your commute. It's pretty easy to hop on any number of Interstates including 65, 69, 70, 74, 465, and 865. For those who don't drive, public transit is provided by IndyGo which was founded in 1975.

Population: 827,609 making it the 12th largest city in America.
(2010 Census)

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