Indianapolis metropolitan area

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Indianapolis metropolitan area

Country United States
States Indiana
Principal citiesIndianapolis
 • Metropolitan area6,028.83 sq mi (15,614.6 km2)
 • Land5,940.73 sq mi (15,386.4 km2)
 • Water88.10 sq mi (228.2 km2)  1.46%
 • MSA4,787.09 sq mi (12,398.5 km2)
 • CSA6,028.83 sq mi (15,614.6 km2)
 • Urban
1,487,483 (33rd)
 • Urban density2,104.514/sq mi (812.557/km2)
 • MSA
2,028,614 (34th)
 • MSA density444.767/sq mi (171.725/km2)
 • CSA
2,411,086 (26th)
 • CSA density402.394/sq mi (155.365/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (ET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
460xx, 461xx, 462xx, 466xx, 469xx
Area code(s)317, 463, 765, 812, 930

Indianapolis–Carmel–Anderson or Indianapolis metropolitan area is an 11-county metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Indiana, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget.[1] The metropolitan area is situated in Central Indiana, within the American Midwest.

The metropolitan area is centered on the capital and most populous city of Indiana, Indianapolis. Indianapolis–Carmel–Anderson is the 34th most populous metropolitan area in the United States, and largest in the state of Indiana. As of 2014, the population was 1,971,274.[2] Indianapolis also anchors the larger Indianapolis–Carmel–Muncie combined statistical area (CSA), the 26th most populated, with 2,372,570.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis, which contains an estimated 59 million people.


Satellite image of the Indianapolis metropolitan area (2001).
Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)2,074,5379.9%
data source:[3][4]

Metropolitan area[edit]

Anchor cities[edit]

Municipalities with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants[edit]

Municipalities with 10,000 to 50,000 residents[edit]

Municipalities with 1,000 to 10,000 inhabitants[edit]

Municipalities with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants[edit]


County 2019 Estimate 2010 Census Change
Marion County 964,582 903,389 +6.77%
Hamilton County 338,011 274,569 +23.11%
Hendricks County 170,311 145,412 +17.12%
Johnson County 158,167 139,867 +13.08%
Madison County 129,569 131,636 −1.57%
Hancock County 78,168 70,045 +11.60%
Morgan County 70,489 68,939 +2.25%
Boone County 67,843 56,638 +19.78%
Shelby County 44,729 44,393 +0.76%
Putnam County 37,576 37,952 −0.99%
Brown County 15,092 15,242 −0.98%
Total 2,074,537 1,887,722 +9.90%

Combined Statistical Area[edit]

Map of the Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie Combined Statistical Area.
  Marion County
  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

The larger Indianapolis–Carmel–Muncie Combined Statistical Area (CSA) includes the following statistical areas:[1]

The Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie CSA had an estimated population of 2,411,086 in 2017.[5]

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, Hancock, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Morgan, and Shelby.

According to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the 317 area code was expected to run out of numbers in 2017.[6] Overlay area code 463 was implemented in late 2016, thereby requiring 10-digit dialing.[7]



Indiana's "Crossroads of America" moniker is largely attributed to the historical function of the Indianapolis metropolitan area has played as a center for logistics and transportation.


The Indianapolis area is a major point on the United States Interstate Highway System, as it is a confluence of four major interstate highways:

Other interstates that cross through the Indianapolis area include:

  • I-465 – Also known as the USS Indianapolis Memorial Highway, I-465 is a beltway circling suburban Indianapolis.
  • I-865 – It is an east–west connector northwest of Indianapolis in Boone County.

US Highways[edit]

Indiana state highways[edit]

Other notable roads[edit]

Other notable roads in the area are:


Indianapolis International Airport's Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal (pictured) opened in 2008 after a $1.1 billion expansion.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area is served by several airports, most under ownership and operation of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, including Eagle Creek Airpark (EYE), Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (UMP), Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ), Hendricks County Airport (2R2), Indianapolis Downtown Heliport (8A4), and the busiest airport in the state, Indianapolis International Airport (IND). In 2014, Indianapolis International served 7.4 million passengers and handled nearly 1 million metric tonnes of cargo.

Other airports within the region include:


Indianapolis Union Station is served by Amtrak's Cardinal, which operates thrice-weekly between Chicago and New York City.

Higher education[edit]

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis enrolls some 30,000 students, the highest post-secondary enrollment within the Indianapolis metropolitan area.

The ‡ symbol denotes university branches whose main campuses are located outside the Indianapolis metropolitan area.


Hinkle Fieldhouse is home to the Butler Bulldogs. In 1954, Hinkle hosted the "Milan Miracle," inspiring the 1986 film Hoosiers.

Professional teams[edit]

Club Sport Founded League Venue
Indianapolis Colts American Football 1984 NFL Lucas Oil Stadium
Indiana Pacers Basketball 1967 NBA Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana Fever Basketball 2000 WNBA Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Hinkle Fieldhouse (2020-2021 seasons only)
Indy Eleven Soccer 2013 USL Lucas Oil Stadium
Indy Fuel Ice hockey 2014 ECHL Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Indianapolis Indians Baseball 1902 IL (Triple-A) Victory Field

Semi-professional teams[edit]

Club Sport Founded League Venue
Indy Eleven NPSL Soccer 2007 NPSL Grand Park
F.C. Indiana Women's Soccer 2003 WPSL Newton Park
Indy Crash Women's Football 2011 WFA Marian University
Indianapolis AlleyCats Ultimate 2012 AUDL Kuntz Stadium

College sports (Division I)[edit]

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the preeminent collegiate athletic governing body in the U.S. and Canada, regulating athletes of 1,281 institutions; conferences; organizations; and individuals. The NCAA also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities and helps more than 450,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports.

School Founded Nickname Conference
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis 1972 IUPUI Jaguars The Summit League
Butler University 1855 Butler Bulldogs Big East Conference


The 2008 Indianapolis 500, the 92nd running of the race.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area hosts several notable sporting events annually, including the Brickyard 400, Grand Prix of Indianapolis, NHRA U.S. Nationals, NFL Scouting Combine, Big Ten Football Championship Game, the largest half marathon in the U.S.,[8] and the largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500. The cars competing in the latter race are known as IndyCars as a reference to the event. Indianapolis has also been a frequent host of the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's basketball tournaments. Other major sporting events hosted include Pan American Games X in 1987, Super Bowl XLVI in 2012,[9] and the 2013 International Champions Cup between Chelsea F.C. and Inter Milan.[10]

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]

Notable natives[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-02-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Cite error: The named reference population was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ DIvision, US Census Bureau Systems Support. "Ranking Tables for Metropolitan Areas (PHC-T-3)".
  5. ^ "InDepth Profile: STATS Indiana". Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "NANPA : Number Resources - NPA (Area) Codes". Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  7. ^ Russell, John. "New area code, mandatory 10-digit dialing, come to Central Indiana". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved July 4, 2016.
  8. ^ "OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon & 5K". Retrieved 2015-05-26.
  9. ^ "Indianapolis beats out Houston, Arizona to host first Super Bowl". Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Indianapolis Sports - Indianapolis Star -". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Top 10 Metro Areas for high school football in 2013". Retrieved 21 December 2014.

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