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History Of Indianapolis
Indianapolis was founded as the site of a new capital city for the state of Indiana. In the 1820s, commissioned explorers and surveyors chose the spot for the community based on its centralized location within the state. It was also believed that the location along the banks of the White River would allow for the mass transportation of goods and manufactured products. Although the river was never used extensively for commercial transportation, the city began to grow steadily thanks to the National Road, the first major east-west dirt highway through this section of the United States.
Eventually, Indianapolis became a major center for manufacturing. During the Industrial Revolution of the late 19th century, everything from boilers to steamboat parts was made at the various forges and metalworking facilities in and around the city. Indianapolis soon became a major manufacturing site for automobiles and internal combustion engines. The city also became a major stopping point on the east-west railroad, with the nation's very first Union Station serving a multitude of independent rail lines.
Economics And Finance
Today, Indianapolis is an important manufacturing center, with the industries of health care, social services, and transportation/warehousing also contributing to the city's economy. Eli Lilly and Company is one of the largest employers in the city. Other major firms headquartered in Indianapolis include Brightpoint, Republic Airways Holdings, and the U.S. headquarters for Conseco.
Indianapolis is ranked high in terms of affordable living. It is recognized as one of the most commercial-friendly metro areas in the nation, with people relocating to the area in large numbers because of the favorable job climate.
Indianapolis has experienced a rather heavy population boom over the past two decades. The population of the city now exceeds 800,000, ranking it as the 12th largest city in the United States. The entire metro area - including all of Marion County and outlying suburbs - is home to approximately 2.1 million inhabitants. The median income per household in the greater Indianapolis metro area is just above $41K per year.
Geography And Climate
Indianapolis sits in a shallow river basin, surrounded by a mixture of plains, grassland, and rolling swales. The elevation of downtown Indianapolis is 717 feet above sea level. The climate is described as humid continental, with warm, humid summers and rather cool winters. Precipitation averages just over 40 inches per year, and winter snows are common. On average, there are eight days per year where the temperature falls below 0° Fahrenheit. Rainfall is most common in spring and early summer, but the city experiences no extended dry season.