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Map of the United States with Indiana highlighted
Map of the United States
with Indiana highlighted
Indiana is the 19th U.S. state and is located in the Midwest region of the United States of America. With over six million residents, it is ranked 15th in population and 17th in population density. It is 38th in land area. Indiana is bounded on the north by Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan; on the east by Ohio; on the south by Kentucky, with which it shares the Ohio River as a border; and on the west by Illinois. Indiana is one of the Great Lakes states. As of 2006, Indiana has an estimated population of 6,313,520, which is an increase of 47,501, or 0.8%, from the prior year and an increase of 233,003, or 3.8%, since the year 2000. The total gross state product in 2005 was US$214 billion in 2000 chained dollars. Indiana's per capita income, as of 2005, was US$31,150. The Calumet region of northwest Indiana is the largest steel producing area in the U.S.

Indiana is a diverse state with a few large urban areas and a number of smaller industrial cities. It is best known for the Indianapolis 500 American automobile race, held annually over the Memorial Day weekend, and a strong basketball tradition, often called Hoosier Hysteria. Residents of Indiana are called Hoosiers. The state's name means "Land of the Indians" and Angel Mounds State Historic Site, one of the best preserved prehistoric Native American sites in the United States, can be found in southern Indiana.

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USS Indianapolis CA-35
USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy. She holds a place in history due to the notorious circumstances of her loss, which was the worst single at-sea loss of life in the history of the U.S. Navy. After delivering the first atomic bomb to be used in combat to the United States air base at Tinian Island on 26 July 1945, she was in the Philippine Sea when attacked at 00:14 on 30 July 1945 by a Japanese submarine. Most of the crew was lost to shark attacks, as they floated helplessly for several days, waiting for assistance. Indianapolis was the second to last US Navy ship sunk by enemy action in World War II (The submarine USS Bullhead was attacked by Japanese aircraft with depth charges and sunk on 6 August 1945).

Indianapolis was laid down on 31 March 1930 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 7 November 1931; sponsored by Miss Lucy Taggart, daughter of the late Senator Thomas Taggart; and commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 15 November 1932. The USS Indianapolis National Memorial was dedicated on August 2, 1995. It is located on the Canal Walk in Indianapolis. Some material relating to the USS Indianapolis is held by the Indiana State Museum.

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Oliver P. Morton
Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton (August 4, 1823–November 1, 1877) was a U.S. Republican Party politician from Indiana. He served as Governor of Indiana in the American Civil War, and was a stalwart ally of President Abraham Lincoln. During the war, Morton suppressed the Democrat-controlled Indiana General Assembly. He exceeded his constitutional authority by calling out the militia without approval, and during the period of legislative suppression he privately financed the state government through unapproved federal and private loans. He was criticized for arresting and detaining political enemies and suspected southern sympathizers, but is remembered as one of Indiana's most successful governors who led the state during its most challenging period.

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Carmel's Arts and Design District.
Carmel is a city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States. The population was 37,733 at the 2000 census but has been growing very rapidly. In 2005 the population was recorded to be over 65,000. It is considered to be a suburb (or edge city) of Indianapolis and is characterized by its many roundabouts. Until the late 1800s, the settlement where present day Carmel now sits was called Bethlehem. Today, the plot first established in Bethlehem, located at the intersection of Rangeline Road and Main Street, is marked by a clock tower, donated by the local Rotary Club in 2002.

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The State of Indiana
Flag of Indiana State seal of Indiana
Flag of Indiana Seal
The Hoosier State
Motto(s): The Crossroads of America
Map of the United States with Indiana highlighted
Official language English
Capital Indianapolis
Largest city Indianapolis
Largest metro Indianapolis-Carmel MSA
Area Ranked 38th
 • Total36,418 sq mi
(94,321 km2)
 • Width140 miles (225 km)
 • Length270 miles (435 km)
 • % water1.5
 • Latitude37° 46′ N to 41° 46′ N
 • Longitude84° 47′ W to 88° 6′ W
Population Ranked 15th
 • Total6,080,485
 •  Density169.5/sq mi  (65.46/km2)
Ranked 16th
 • Highest point Hoosier Hill [1]
1,257 ft (383 m)
 • Mean689 ft  (210 m)
 • Lowest point Ohio River [1]
320 ft (98 m)
Admitted to the UnionDecember 11, 1816 (19th)
Governor Eric Holcomb (R) (2017)
Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch (R) (2017)
Legislature Indiana General Assembly
 •  Upper house Senate
 •  Lower house House of Representatives
U.S. Senators Todd Young (R)
Mike Braun (R)
U.S. House delegation List
Time zones 
 • 80 counties Eastern UTC-5/ -4
 • 12 counties in
Evansville and
Gary Metro Areas
Central: UTC-6/ -5
ISO 3166 US-IN
Abbreviations IN


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  1. ^ a b "Elevations and Distances in the United States". U.S Geological Survey. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 2006-11-06.