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Indianapolis, IN, City and Higher Education Information

Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and a major business, cultural and educational center for the state. Institutions of higher learning in the city include Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Butler University and the University of Indianapolis. Read about it here.

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Information about Indianapolis, Indiana

Based on 2014 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Indianapolis was home to 848,788 people, making it Indiana's largest city. It's located in the Midwestern Rust Belt, an area often characterized by declining central cities, high unemployment and slow economic growth. However, Indianapolis has bucked most of these stereotypes and is often cited as an example of highly effective urban governance. Its population and metropolitan area continue to grow, and its vital, diverse economy keeps the region balanced, even during times of economic instability. As of 2015, Forbes magazine voted the city the eighth best place for business and careers.

Lucas Oil Stadium, in the city's downtown, is home to the Indiana Colts NFL team, while the Indiana Pacers NBA team plays at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indianapolis boasts several museums, including the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indiana State Museum and a renowned children's museum. The city also hosts the world's most well-attended single-day sporting event - the Indianapolis 500, a 200-lap race that attracts over 300,000 spectators and boasts the largest purse in professional racing.

Higher Education

Indianapolis is home to some of the Midwest's best schools, based on 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Butler University, a private school of nearly 5,000 students, was named the second best regional school in the Midwest. Two other private schools, the University of Indianapolis and Marian University, earned accolades as the Midwest's 30th and 83rd best schools, respectively. Also, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, a public school with more than 30,000 students, is located within the city limits.

Other schools in the city include Martin University, a small private school offering bachelor's and master's degrees, and Ivy Tech Community College, a 2-year public college that enrolls students at its 15 campuses.

Economy and Employment

Several well-known companies call Indianapolis their headquarters, including Interactive Intelligence, Firestone Building Products, Delta Faucet Company and Venture Logistics.

As of March 2016, the Indianapolis area's highest sector of employment was- by far- trade, transportation, and utilities, with about 217,500 jobs. Professional and business services held 151,300 jobs, while education and health services had nearly 151,000 jobs.

Because Indianapolis lies at the intersection of four Interstate highways (I-65, I-69, I-70 and I-74), transportation and trucking are important.

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