The Indiana Portal
is a U.S. state
in the Midwestern
and Great Lakes
regions of North America
. Indiana is the 38th-largest by area
and the 17th-most populous
of the 50 United States
. Its capital and largest city is Indianapolis
. Indiana was admitted to the United States as the 19th U.S. state on December 11, 1816. Indiana borders Lake Michigan
to the northwest, Michigan
to the north, Ohio
to the east, Kentucky
to the south and southeast, and Illinois
to the west.
Before becoming a territory, various indigenous peoples and Native Americans inhabited Indiana for thousands of years. Since its founding as a territory, settlement patterns in Indiana have reflected regional cultural segmentation present in the Eastern United States; the state's northernmost tier was settled primarily by people from New England and New York, Central Indiana by migrants from the Mid-Atlantic states and from adjacent Ohio, and Southern Indiana by settlers from the Southern states, particularly Kentucky and Tennessee.
Indiana has a diverse economy with a gross state product of $359.12 billion in 2017. Indiana has several metropolitan areas with populations greater than 100,000 and a number of smaller industrial cities and towns. Indiana is home to professional sports teams, including the NFL's Indianapolis Colts and the NBA's Indiana Pacers, and hosts several notable athletic events, including the Indianapolis 500. Read more...
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Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington, IU, or simply Indiana) is a public research university in Bloomington, Indiana. It is the flagship institution of the Indiana University system and, with over 40,000 students, its largest university.
Indiana University is a "Public Ivy
" university and consistently ranks in the top 100 national universities in the U.S. and among the top 50 public universities. It is a member of the Association of American Universities
and has numerous schools and programs, including the Jacobs School of Music
, the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering
, the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
, the Kelley School of Business
, the School of Public Health
, the School of Nursing, the School of Optometry, the Maurer School of Law
, the School of Education
, the Media School, and the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. Read more...
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Downtown Lafayette and the Riehle Plaza & CityBus depot in August 2011.
Lafayette ( LAH-fee-ET, LAF-ee-ET) is a city in and the county seat of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, located 63 miles (101 km) northwest of Indianapolis and 105 miles (169 km) southeast of Chicago. West Lafayette, on the other side of the Wabash River, is home to Purdue University, which contributes significantly to both communities. Together, Lafayette and West Lafayette form the core of the Lafayette, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the 2010 United States Census, the population of Lafayette was 67,140, roughly a 19% increase from 56,397 in 2000. Meanwhile, the 2010 U.S. Census pegged the year-round (excluding Purdue University students) population of West Lafayette at 29,596 and the Tippecanoe County population at 172,780.
Lafayette was founded in 1825 on the south/east bank of the Wabash River near where the river becomes impassable for riverboats upstream, though a French fort and trading post had existed since 1717 on the opposite bank and three miles downstream. It was named for the French general Marquis de Lafayette
, a revolutionary war hero. Read more...
List of geographic articles
- Fort Wayne, Indiana
- Evansville, Indiana
- Lafayette, Indiana
- Muncie, Indiana
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Hammond, Indiana
- South Bend, Indiana
- Gary, Indiana
- Terre Haute, Indiana
- Carmel, Indiana
- Elkhart, Indiana
- New Albany, Indiana
- Harrison County, Indiana
- Clark State Forest
- George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
- Blackford County, Indiana
- Indiana State Road 930
- Interstate 469
- U.S. Route 30 in Indiana
- Warren County, Indiana
- Corydon, Indiana
- Hartford City Courthouse Square Historic District
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John J. Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951), previously known as Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, and John Cougar Mellencamp, is an American musician, singer-songwriter, painter, and actor. He is known for his catchy, populist brand of heartland rock, which emphasizes traditional instrumentation. Mellencamp rose to fame in the 1980s while "honing an almost startlingly plainspoken writing style" that, starting in 1982, yielded a string of Top 10 singles, including "Hurts So Good," "Jack & Diane," "Crumblin' Down," "Pink Houses," "Lonely Ol' Night," "Small Town," "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.," "Paper in Fire," and "Cherry Bomb." He has amassed 22 Top 40 hits in the United States. In addition, he holds the record for the most tracks by a solo artist to hit number one on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, with seven. Mellencamp has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards, winning one. His latest album of original songs, Sad Clowns & Hillbillies, was released on April 28, 2017 to widespread critical acclaim.
Mellencamp is also one of the founding members of Farm Aid
, an organization that began in 1985 with a concert in Champaign, Illinois
, to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land. Farm Aid concerts have remained an annual event over the past 35 years, and the organization has raised over $57 million to promote a strong and resilient family farm system of agriculture. Read more...
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Coordinates: 40°N 86°W / 40°N 86°W