Indianapolis metropolitan area

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Metro Indianapolis
Indianapolis - Carmel
Metropolitan area
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Carmel
Carmel
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN MSA (dark blue) Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, IN CSA.
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN MSA (dark blue)
Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, IN CSA.
Country United States
States Indiana
Largest city Indianapolis
Other cities in MSA
Population (2012)
 • Urban 1,487,483 (33rd)
 • MSA 1,928,982 (33rd)
 • CSA 2,310,360 (26th)
Time zone ET (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 317, 765, 812, 930

The Indianapolis metropolitan area, or Greater Indianapolis, is the metropolitan area of Central Indiana that centers on Indianapolis, Indiana, United States and its surrounding area.

The Indianapolis-Carmel Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is the metropolitan statistical area designated by the Office of Management and Budget and used by the United States Census Bureau for various statistical purposes. It includes the following counties: Marion, Boone, Brown, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Morgan, Putnam, and Shelby. The Indianapolis metropolitan area is the 33rd most populous metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2012, the population was 1,928,982.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis, which contains an estimated 54 million people.

Combined Statistical Area[edit]

The larger Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Combined Statistical Area (CSA) includes Madison County, Henry County, Bartholomew County, Montgomery County, and Jennings County, with an estimated population of 2,310,360 as of July, 2012.[1]

Cities and towns by population[edit]

The following are the ten largest cities and towns in the Indianapolis metropolitan area as of (July 2012):

City/Town 2012
population[2][3]
Indianapolis 834,852
Carmel 83,565
Fishers 81,833
Noblesville 55,075
Greenwood 52,652
Lawrence 46,756
Westfield 32,070
Plainfield 29,154
Zionsville 24,159
Franklin 23,953

Municipalities with 10,000 to 100,000 residents[edit]

Municipalities with fewer than 10,000 citizens[edit]

Area codes[edit]

The 317 area code covered all of northern and central Indiana until 1948, when the 219 area code was created. Central Indiana remained under the 317 banner until 1997, when growth in and around Indianapolis prompted the creation of 765 area code.

The 317 area code covers the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The counties covered by 317 are Boone County, Hancock County, Hamilton County, Hendricks County, Johnson County, Madison County, Morgan County, and Shelby County.

According to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the 317 area code is expected to run out of numbers in 2017.[4] Expansion is planned, however no indication of when or what the new area code will be numbered has been given.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Greater Indianapolis is home to a number of higher education learning institutions, including:

Sports and recreation[edit]

Indianapolis professional sports teams include the Indianapolis Colts (National Football League), and Indiana Pacers (National Basketball Association). On February 4, 2007, the Colts won Super Bowl XLI defeating the Chicago Bears 29-17 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida.[5]

In the Indianapolis area, baseball and hockey are both represented at the minor league level. The Indianapolis Indians are the Triple-A affiliate to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Indians play at Victory Field and compete in the International League. The Indiana Ice were founded in 2004–05 and are members of the United States Hockey League. The team plays their home games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Pan Am Plaza.

The area has hosted many major sporting events, including Super Bowl XLVI,[6] several Men's and Women's NCAA basketball tournaments, the 1987 Pan American Games, PGA and LPGA Tour events at Crooked Stick Golf Club, and the 2013 International Champions Cup between Chelsea F.C. and Inter Milan.[7] Also, the area annually hosts the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, the Big Ten Football Championship Game, and the NFL Scouting Combine.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a headquartered in Indianapolis.

Hinkle Fieldhouse is home to the Butler Bulldogs. In 1954, Hinkle played host to the "Milan Miracle," which inspired the movie Hoosiers.
Team Sport League Venue Location
Indianapolis Colts Football NFL (American Football Conference) Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis
Indiana Pacers Basketball NBA (Eastern Conference) Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis
Various Auto racing IRL, NASCAR, NHRA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway
Indiana Fever Basketball WNBA (Eastern Conference) Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis
Indianapolis Indians Baseball International League Victory Field Indianapolis
Indiana Ice Ice hockey United States Hockey League Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Pan American Arena Indianapolis
Indy Eleven Soccer North American Soccer League Carroll Stadium Indianapolis
Various Golf PGA, LPGA Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel
Butler University Various NCAA (Big East Conference) Various including Hinkle Fieldhouse and Butler Bowl Indianapolis

Also, high school sports are highly competitive in Greater Indianapolis. In 2013, MaxPreps ranked Indianapolis No. 3 in its Top 10 Metro Areas for High School Football.[8]

Famous natives[edit]

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