The Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metropolitan area, or Indianapolis metropolitan area, is a metropolitan area of 11 counties in the United States. UU. State of Indiana, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget. This metropolitan area is located in the center of Indiana, within the Midwest of the United States.
It is part of the Great Lakes megalopolis, which contains approximately 59 million people. The cumulative population estimate is 2,457,286, ranking 28th largest in the United States. The 317 area code covers the Indianapolis metropolitan area and includes Boone, Hancock, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Morgan and Shelby counties. This region has earned the nickname “Crossroads of America” due to its historic role as a logistics and transportation hub.
Indianapolis Union Station is serviced by Amtrak Cardinal, which operates three times a week between Chicago and New York City. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is headquartered in Indianapolis and regulates athletes from 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals. The NCAA also organizes the sports programs of many colleges and universities and helps more than 450,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports. Indianapolis is a city located in Marion County and is the capital of Indiana.
It is situated on the White River at its confluence with Fall Creek near the center of the state. The city was designed to resemble Washington D. C., with a flat plain surrounded by low hills and gently sloping slopes. The climate is typical of the Midwest with warm to hot summers and cold winters; rainfall is moderate and distributed fairly evenly throughout the year. Beginning in the 1880s, meat packaging and metallurgy emerged as important industries in Indianapolis.
This led to the development of automotive manufacturing as a central element of the city's economy. The population of Indianapolis surpassed 100,000 in 1890 and continued to grow rapidly in the 20th century. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway opened in 1909 in the suburbs of Speedway as a test track for local automotive plants. The first 500 mile (800 km) car race was held there in 1911 and was won by a locally manufactured Marmon race car. Although automotive manufacturing eventually left the city, the Indianapolis 500 (held annually in late May) has become one of the world's leading car races and attracts a huge audience. It is also a regional center for distribution, retail and health care, and tourism has grown in importance. Beginning in the 1970s, Indianapolis worked to become an international amateur sports center.
This effort produced significant economic growth and attracted organizations such as the National Institute of Fitness and Sport, a research center in sports physiology. Other facilities for fans include the Indianapolis Tennis Center (197) and the Major Taylor Velodrome (198), a bicycle racetrack. Lucas Oil Stadium (200) is home to the Colts professional American football team, and Bankers Life Fieldhouse (1999; formerly Conseco Fieldhouse) is home to the Pacers (men's) and Fever (women's) professional basketball teams. The Indiana State Fairgrounds are home to more than 55 permanent buildings including the Art Deco Pepsi Coliseum (193).President Benjamin Harrison (187) and poet James Whitcomb Riley (187) have been preserved as museums. Indiana University (Purdue University), Indianapolis (196) includes the Herron School of Art (190) and an internationally renowned medical center.