The Geography of Indiana refers to the U.S. State of Indiana. Indiana is in the north-central U.S. and borders on Lake Michigan. Surrounding states are Michigan to the north, Illinois to the west, Kentucky to the south, and Ohio to the east. The entire southern boundary is the Ohio River.
Indiana is bounded on the north by Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan; on the east by Ohio; on the south by Kentucky, with which it shares the Ohio River as a border; and on the west by Illinois. Indiana is one of the Great Lakes states.
The Indianapolis metropolitan area, or Greater Indianapolis, is the metropolitan area of Central Indiana that centers around 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.
Indianapolis // (abbreviated Indy //) is the capital city and most populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana, and also the county seat of Marion County. As of the 2010 census, the city's population is 829,718. It is the 13th largest city in the United States and the 29th largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Historically, Indianapolis has oriented itself around government (a byproduct of its state capital function) and industry, particularly manufacturing. Over the late decades of the 20th century, the city's Unigov began a long process to revitalize the downtown area. Today, Indianapolis has a much more diversified economy, contributing to the fields of education, health care, and finance. Tourism is also a vital part of the economy of Indianapolis, with the city playing host to numerous conventions and sporting events. Of these, perhaps the most well known are the annual Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, and NHRA U.S. Nationals. Other major sporting events include the Men's and Women's NCAA basketball tournaments. Indianapolis also hosted the Pan American Games in 1987 and Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.
The National Road (Cumberland Road) was the first major improved highway in the United States to be built by the federal government. The approximately 620-mile (1,000 km) long National Road provided a connection between the Potomac and Ohio Rivers and a gateway to the West for thousands of settlers. When rebuilt in the 1830s, the Cumberland Road became the first road in the U.S. to use the new macadam road surfacing.
Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana (usually shortened to Ivy Tech or Ivy Tech Community College) is Indiana's community college system, encompassing 30 campuses in 14 regions. The community college system now has more than 174,000 students. In 2008, Ivy Tech became "the state’s largest public-college system, surpassing Indiana University in enrollment."
Ivy Tech was founded in 1963, as Indiana Vocational Technical College, to provide technical and vocational education for various industries and was rechartered as a system of vocational technical schools in 2005. The name "Ivy Tech" derives from an initialism (I.V. Tech) of the school's original name. The name was officially changed to Ivy Tech State College in 1995. In 1999, Ivy Tech entered into a partnership with Vincennes University to form the Community College of Indiana. The partnership ended in 2005 and Ivy Tech was rechartered as a system of community colleges, and renamed Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
The Central Indiana Region of Ivy Tech Community College serves Marion County and seven adjacent counties (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Morgan, and Shelby).