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Indiana is a beautiful Midwestern state, touching on Lake Michigan to the north and bordered on the south by the Ohio River.  The northwest corner of the state has a forty one mile frontage on Lake Michigan, where Gary Indiana is located.  It is one of the largest industrial conglomerations in the nation, producing steel, iron and oil products.  That portion of the state is considered part of the Chicago metropolitan area.  The rest of the northern border abuts Michigan’s southern edge.

 

The western, central and northeastern portions of the state retain their agricultural character, with the city of Indianapolis right in the state’s center.  The south central regions turns from prairie to rolling hills, with small towns scattered along the two land roads.  The southern portion of the state enjoys a three hundred mile border along the Ohio River.  The Hoosier National Forest is in this area, which has other rivers flowing through it and a number of natural attractions.  Evansville is in the south of the state, home of the Triple A Evansville Otters Baseball Team.

 

Indianapolis is the capital and the largest city in the state with almost three quarters of a million people.  Along with the famous racetrack, the city is home to the main campus of the University of Indiana and several other colleges including a satellite campus for Purdue. 

 

The main campus for Purdue is in the western portion of the site; despite its name, Purdue is a state university.  Tuition at the University of Indiana is over three times the cost for out-of state students as it is for residents.  The state schools would probably not be a good fiscal choice for a student seeking a campus away from home.  While there are nine UI campuses, tuition for non-residents is almost twenty thousand dollars.

 

Indiana is another of those geographical anomalies created by our twenty first century economy.  It is a heavily industrialized state where three quarters of the land is use for agriculture.  Gary, Fort Wayne, South Bend and two or three other cities are classic midsized industrial towns.  The state’s primary products are steel and iron products, electrical equipment and non-electrical machinery and transportation products.  That industrial base explains why the state was one of the hardest hit by unemployment in the 1980s.  Many of those are so-called “rust belt” products.

 

The state’s northwest corner where if fronts on Lake Michigan is one of the most heavily trafficked areas of the country by road, railroad, shipping and air traffic.  The state has invested in port development in order to utilize its access to Lake Michigan for purposes of industrial transportation, hoping to draw development.

 

Indianapolis is one of the more attractive Midwestern cities in terms of its size, its role as a regional financial center and its unique combination of major sports attractions with the Speedway and the Colts football team.   The cost of living and housing is reasonable and with a little looking, the job market is probably manageable as well.  If you decide to go and see for yourself, be sure when you leave the city to drive to the southeast and see the hills and rivers of the state’s most beautiful regions.

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