Central Indiana as we are known around here is pretty much all of the counties and communities surrounding Indianapolis. While the Indianapolis Metro area is technically the proper name, most of us around here refer to this area as central Indiana, because that’s exactly what it is. If you’re moving to the Indianapolis area there are several communities and towns surrounding the major metro area if you don’t want to live downtown. Beautiful places like Carmel, Plainfield, Lebanon, Frankfurt, Greenfield, and Shelbyville are just a few. (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for all major communities and towns in central Indiana that I specialize in.)
If you are relocating to Central Indiana here are some fun facts and interesting things to know about our community. Moving to Central Indiana? Here’s Some Fun Facts
- We get more Christmas letters than the North Pole. Believe it or not, in Santa Claus Indiana, the post office gets more letters than the North Pole every year. Santa Claus is actually located southwest of downtown Indianapolis and is a tiny, little community just south of Interstate 64.
- Michael Jackson was born in Gary Indiana on August 29, 1958.
- The world’s largest anatomically correct sculpture of the human brain is located in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University built out of Indiana limestone and weighing over 10,000 pounds. Because of this, we’re also known as the “Limestone Capital of the World”.
- We are home to the Indy 500, the world-famous automobile race held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It first was held in 1911.
- The very first professional baseball game was performed in Fort Wayne Indiana on May 4, 1871. Because of this, we’re often referred to as the birthplace of American baseball. Plus, it’s where Albert von Tilzer or wrote the famous “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”.
- Nicknamed the Hoosiers, Indiana locals still are baffled as to the origin of this term. In 1835, a letter by Sarah Harvey talked about old settlers in Indiana called Hooshers, which was actually a type of cabin called a Hoosher nest. And while that’s the story many people are sticking to, it still is a mystery today.
- We were privileged to host Elvis Pressley’s last concert in Indianapolis in the Market Sq., Arena in 1977.
- Have a mustache while in Indiana? Be careful because it’s actually illegal as long as the owner of the mustache has a unique addiction towards kissing people. Better keep your distance.
- 90% of the world’s popcorn comes from Indiana. Orval Redenbacher himself was born in Brazil Indiana.
- We have more covered bridges than anywhere else in the world. Our little historic Parke County features 32 covered bridges, which is probably why were also known as the “Covered Bridge Capital of the World”.
- On the flipside of our positivity, we are also known as having the first train robbery ever in history. In 1866, the Reno Brothers rock to train outside of Jackson County making off with $13,000.
- One of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, in my honest opinion, was based right here in Indiana. Located in Cleveland, “A Christmas Story” has been delighting kids of all ages for decades.
- We’ve held the honor of having the largest Christmas tree in the world since 1962 in downtown Indianapolis featuring over 52 strands of Garland and a total of nearly 5000 lights. New York City’s got nothing on us.
- Indiana is known as the “Crossroads of America” because so many routes pass through the state and because it was one of the major jumping-off points for the Lewis and Clark expedition.
- We are the 10th largest farming state in the country and nearly all of them are family-owned and operated with over 94,000 farmers in the state and an average farm size of about 260 acres.
- Indiana is home to the longest known underground river flowing through Blue spring Caverns, a 21-mile long cave home to amphibians and a variety of aquatic creatures.
- Were home to the largest ball of paint, yes, I said the world’s largest ball of paint. It started as just a baseball covered with a layer of paint and after years of layering on paint, it now weighs more than 2 1/2 tons.
I mean, why wouldn’t she want to move here. This is such a fun, creative, and unusual state and with some of the best schools in the country, acreage and farmland, and active and vibrant metropolitan area, plus an affordable housing market, central Indiana makes a great place to call home and raise a family. Moving to Central Indiana? Here’s Some Fun FactsContact Me Now
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