Whether you want to admit it or not, Indianapolis, the Colts, the corn, the cars and the tractors summarize quite well what people think when they mention Indiana. Whether you live in Indiana or not, how much do you really know about the state? How much do you know about some of the biggest cities on the island? And no, I'm not just referring to the most populated cities. I am referring to a combination of the two. Here are 10 of Indiana's biggest cities and a little more about them.
Indianapolis is most famous for hosting the largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500 mile race. Among the 100 largest cities in Indiana, the city that is shrinking most rapidly is Gary, whose population has declined 33.3% since 2000. With a population of 84,981, it is also the seventh largest city in the state and is often touted by the city government as the “Gateway to Picturesque Southern Indiana.” The second largest city is Fort Wayne, with a population of 265,974, and is the 84th-largest city in the United States. We've been ranking and analyzing cities in the Hoosier State for more than 4 years, making this the fourth time we've looked at the numbers.
Unless otherwise indicated, all cities are third-class cities with a seven-member city council and an elected secretary-treasurer. Indianapolis is the capital and the largest and most populous city in Indiana, with a population of 867,125. Indiana has a total of 120 municipalities officially designated as cities and only four cities have a population of more than 100,000. It's also one of the region's fastest-growing cities, with a population that has grown nearly tenfold in just 20 years. The city is also notable for the Indianapolis Children's Museum, which is the largest children's museum in the world.