Indianapolis metropolitan area

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Metro Indianapolis
Metropolitan area
  Marion County (City of Indianapolis)   Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN MSA   Muncie, IN MSA   Columbus, IN MSA   New Castle, IN µSA   Seymour, IN µSA   Crawfordsville, IN µSA   North Vernon, IN µSA   Greensburg, IN µSA
  Marion County (City of Indianapolis)
  Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN MSA
  Muncie, IN MSA
  Columbus, IN MSA
  New Castle, IN µSA
  Seymour, IN µSA
  Crawfordsville, IN µSA
  North Vernon, IN µSA
  Greensburg, IN µSA
Country  United States
States  Indiana
Principal cities Indianapolis
Other cities
 • Metropolitan area 15,614.6 km2 (6,028.83 sq mi)
 • Land 15,386.4 km2 (5,940.73 sq mi)
 • Water 228.2 km2 (88.10 sq mi)  1.46%
 • MSA 12,398.5 km2 (4,787.09 sq mi)
 • CSA 15,614.6 km2 (6,028.83 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Urban 1,487,483 (33rd)
 • Urban density 812.557/km2 (2,104.514/sq mi)
 • MSA 2,001,452 (32nd)
 • MSA density 171.725/km2 (444.767/sq mi)
 • CSA 2,414,369 (23rd)
 • CSA density 155.365/km2 (402.394/sq mi)
Time zone ET (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Codes 460xx, 461xx, 462xx, 466xx, 469xx
Area code(s) 317, 765, 812, 930

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

The Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson 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, Madison, Morgan, Putnam, and Shelby.[1] The Indianapolis metropolitan area is the 33rd most populous metropolitan area in the United States. As of 2014, the population was 1,971,274[2]

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-Muncie Combined Statistical Area (CSA) includes the Columbus, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, Crawfordsville, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area, Greensburg, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area, Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, Muncie, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, New Castle, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area, North Vernon, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area, and the Seymour, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area.[3] The Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie CSA had a population of 2,166,632 in 2014.[4]

Cities and towns by population[edit]

The following are the ten largest cities and towns in the Indianapolis metropolitan area as of (July 2013):

City/Town 2013
Indianapolis 843,393
Carmel 85,927
Fishers 83,891
Noblesville 56,540
Greenwood 53,665
Lawrence 47,135
Westfield 33,382
Plainfield 30,097
Zionsville 25,115
Franklin 24,194

Municipalities with more than 100,000 residents[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

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,[9] 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.[10] 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 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis
Indiana Pacers Basketball NBA Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis
Indianapolis Fuel Ice hockey ECHL Fairgrounds Coliseum Indianapolis
Various Auto racing IRL, NASCAR, NHRA Indianapolis Motor Speedway Speedway
Indiana Fever Basketball WNBA Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis
Indianapolis Indians Baseball IL Victory Field Indianapolis
Indiana Ice Ice hockey USHL Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Pan American Arena Indianapolis
Indy Eleven Soccer NASL Carroll Stadium Indianapolis
Various Golf PGA, LPGA Crooked Stick Golf Club Carmel
IUPUI Various NCAA Division I (The Summit League) Carroll Stadium and Fairgrounds Coliseum
Butler University Various NCAA Division I (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.[11]

Famous natives[edit]


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