I live in a small City south of Indianapolis, Indiana. It is a City, but is actually smaller like a town would be. The downtown area is about 3 blocks x 3 blocks and still has most of the original buildings. It has the small town feel. The population of the city I live in is approximately 36,000 and most of the area is rural farmland. The only thing our little city is famous for is our shopping mall which is the largest in the state.
Indiana is known for the Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Colts (football), Indiana Pacers (basketball), and a large Pharmaceutical Company - Eli Lilly. There are many colleges, but the 2 major ones are Purdue University and Indiana University. There are Honda and Toyota plants in central Indiana now also.
Wildlife in the state is: Whitetail Deer, otter, fox, beaver, cougar (not many), wolves, eagles, hawks, rattlesnakes.
We are in tornado alley, and also have the occasional earthquake temor. There is an earthquake fault line that runs along the western part of the state. We have 4 distinct seasons, and usually snow and ice more in January & February.
There was a movie made here called "Hoosiers". My OH's brother and SIL were extra's in the movie. They were part of the crowd in the gymnasium. Be quick or you will miss them
Our state flower is the Peony, the state bird is the Cardinal, and our state song is "On the Banks of the Wabash Far Away".
Residents of Indiana are know as "Hoosiers". This name is said to come from the pioneers who would call out when strangers came upon them saying "Who's There". They had a drawl to their speech and it sounded more like Hoosier, or whos shere.....
Many famous people came from Indiana: (sorry I did shorten the list and only went with the most well known!)
Anne Baxter (actress), Larry Bird (Basketball), Bill Blass (designer), Hoagy Carmichael (songwriter), James Dean (actor), Virgil Grisson (astronaut), Jimmy Hoffa, Michael Jackson, David Letterman (Late night TV here in the US), Carole Lombard (actress), Shelley Long (actress), Marjorie Main (actress - Ma Kettle! - she grew up not too far from us), John Cougar Mellancamp (singer), Cole Porter (songwriter), Ernie Pyle (Journalist), Dan Quayle (former Vice President), James Whitcomb Riley (poet), Red Skelton (comedian), Booth Tarkington (author), Twyla Tharp (dancer, choreographer), Forrest Tucker (actor), Kurt Vonnegut Jr (author), and Wilbur Wright (Wright brothers fame - inventor).
The DPer's closest to me. I'm surrounded by them except to the south. We need someone from Kentucky to join!
Brenda in Illinois to the west, RJM in Michigan to the north, and Richard from Ohio to the east. I can't forget Deb & Michelle not that far away in Canada.
Where else would I live. There is no place like home, but if I could afford to live there, it would be hands down San Diego. That is the most beautiful, perfect weather area that I have ever been. The earthquakes would scare me a bit though.