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Indianapolis, Indiana is the Indiana state capital and is located in the center of the state. As of 2009, the population was 807,584 making it the 14th largest city in the United States.
Indianapolis is growing with jobs focused on finance, education and healthcare. It is in close proximity of several major higher education institutions including Purdue, Indiana, Ball State, and Butler Universities.
A major attraction is the Indianapolis 500 auto race. Although not as big as it once was, it is still an important race. Indianapolis also hosts the Brickyard 400.
In 1984, the Baltimore Colts left the east coast and moved west settling in the heartland as the Indianapolis Colts. The team has been one of the most successful franchises of the last ten years winning a Super Bowl and consistently making the playoffs. They began life in the now defunct Hoosier Dome and currently play at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Indianapolis Pacers NBA basketball team play at Conesco Fieldhouse.
The largest children's museum in the world is the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Founded in 1925, it has five floors of exhibits spread across nearly a half-million square feet of space and attracts one million visitors a year.
Notable people from Indianapolis, Indiana include:
- Joyce DeWitt, actor
- John Dillinger, gangster
- James Dean, actor
- Vivica A. Fox, actor
- Benjamin Harrison, U.S. president
- David Letterman, former weatherman started in Indianapolis
- Steve McQueen, actor
- Jane Pauley, broadcast news journalist
- Oscar Robertson, NBA basketball player
- Kurt Vonnegut, author
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