Indianapolis, IN
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Indianapolis is a very large city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 863,002 people and 204 constituent neighborhoods, Indianapolis is the largest community in Indiana.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Indianapolis is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Indianapolis is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Indianapolis who work in office and administrative support (15.03%), sales jobs (9.96%), and management occupations (8.75%).

Also of interest is that Indianapolis has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One thing noticeable about Indianapolis, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Indianapolis is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Indianapolis a great place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun. In fact, Indianapolis is one of the top larger cities in America for educated single professionals to flock.

One important feature of Indianapolis is that it is one of the most car-oriented large cities in the country. In fact, 84.86% of people commute to and from work every day by private automobile, eschewing alternative forms of transportation, which are not widely available in Indianapolis anyway. So, if you like to drive, Indianapolis is the city for you! The landscape around Indianapolis reflects this: wide streets, parking lots, plenty of highways, malls, and shopping centers are what you'll find.

The overall education level of Indianapolis citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 29.72% of adults in Indianapolis have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Indianapolis in 2010 was $26,232, which is upper middle income relative to Indiana, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $104,928 for a family of four. However, Indianapolis contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Indianapolis is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Indianapolis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Indianapolis residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Indianapolis also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.12% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Indianapolis include German, Irish, English, African, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Indianapolis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.