Indianapolis, IN
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Living in Indianapolis


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, Indianapolis isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Indianapolis are a mix 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.

Indianapolis is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Indianapolis is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Of the large cities in America, Indianapolis is one of the most car-oriented. This is reflected in the urban landscape, which features highways, wide streets, parking lots, and shopping centers of all sizes. It is also reflected in the statistics: 84.86% of people in Indianapolis drive to work in their own car everyday, most often alone. So, if you're going to live in Indianapolis, you'll need to learn to love driving. Alternative forms of transportation aren't very widely used or supported.

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.