Culture

City of Indianapolis

The Canal at Night

Indianapolis skyline at night

IUPUI is an urban campus in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

Climate and Size

Indianapolis is a thriving midwestern city with a population of just over 850,000 (2013) and growing. Ranked the second largest city in the midwest, it is the 14th largest city in the United States. There are four distinct seasons with average temperatures of 75 degrees in July and 25 degrees in January. The climate is temperate with colorful fall days and bright, warm summers. Two to three times per winter, snowfalls average three inches or more.

Schools

Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) is the largest school district in Indianapolis. There are township schools as well as private school opportunities. Colleges and universities include Butler University, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Marian College, Martin University, and University of Indianapolis. Indiana University Bloomington is 50 miles to the south, Purdue University is 65 miles to the northwest, and Ball State University is almost 60 miles to the northeast.

Getting Around

The Indianapolis International Airport is 16 minutes from downtown on the city's West side. There is an average of 135 daily flights to 38 nonstop destinations on eight major airlines, serving over 7 million passengers. Major highways through and near Indianapolis include I-65, I-465, I-70, I-69, I-74, US 31, US 36, and US 40. The public transportation system, IndyGo, operates 31 local bus service routes.

Things to Do

Indianapolis has all of the cultural activities and amenities found in a major city with the convenience of a Midwestern location. You will find great shopping in malls and boutiques alike, dining for all tastes, and a variety of entertainment experiences.

  • Outdoor Fun

    • Ruoff Music Center
    • White River State Park
    • Eagle Creek Park and Marina
    • Monon Trail
    • Indianapolis Cultural Trail
    • Fort Harrison State Park and Golf Resort
    • Garfield Park and Conservatory
    • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
    • Close to 60 golf courses
  • Museum and Entertainment Venues

    • Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
    • Indianapolis Zoo
    • Newfields: Indianapolis Museum of Art Galleries
    • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
    • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
    • NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center
    • Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites
    • Indiana Historical Society
    • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
    • Dance Kaleidoscope
    • Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre
    • Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
    • Center for the Performing Arts
    • Indiana Repertory Theatre
    • Clowes Memorial Hall
  • Professional Sports Teams

    • Indianapolis Colts, NFL
    • Indiana Pacers, NBA
    • Indiana Fever, WNBA 
    • Indianapolis Motor Speedway
      • Indianapolis 500
      • Brickyard 400
      • Grand Prix
    • Indiana Ice, USHL
    • Indianapolis Indians, MiLB Triple-A affiliate (Pittsburgh Pirates)
    • Indy Eleven, USL
    • Indianapolis Impalas Rugby
    • Indy Fuel, ECHL
Indianapolis Neighborhoods

Although everyone has different characteristics in mind when exploring new neighborhoods, we've listed a few of the most popular to help you begin a search. If you are looking for downtown living, check out Chatham Arch, Fletcher Place, Lockerbie Square, Massachusetts Ave, University Heights, Downtown, or the Wholesale District.

Spots outside of the downtown area but still in the city of Indianapolis include Woodruff Place, Broad Ripple Village, Irvington, Meridian Kessler, Butler Tarkington, Fountain Square, Fall Creek Place, and Nora to name a few.

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