Deliberately planned as a capital city, Indianapolis, Indiana, was established in1820, and modeled after Washington D.C. with a grid of streets that radiate from the seat of government. With a population of 843,393 (2013 census), Indianapolis is the largest city in Indiana, and one of the largest in the midwest. It is known as a center for sporting events and athletic facilities, and is host to the largest single-day sporting event in the world-the Indianapolis 500. But it is also home to the Indianapolis Colts, Paces and the WNBA’s Fever, along with the Indianapolis Indians, a triple A baseball team affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Indianapolis also boasts the only urban State Park in the country, and has an airport that is considered Best Airport in America, according to Conde Nast Traveler. It is also home to several schools of higher education including Ivy Tech Community College, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Livability named it as one of its Top 10 Best Downtowns in both 2014 and 2015, due to its arts, education, and thriving downtown scene, and Forbes named it as a top ten city for business and careers. Famous people from Indianapolis include President Benjamin Harrison, David Letterman, Jane Pauly, and Steve McQueen. Picture of the Indianapolis Statehouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Daniel Schwen; picture of Indiana Central Canal and Eagle Creek Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the U.S., courtesy of Wikipedia and Serge Melki.