Indianapolis metropolitan area

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Indianapolis metropolitan area
Metropolitan area
Country  United States
States  Indiana
Principal cities Indianapolis
 • Metropolitan area 15,614.6 km2 (6,028.83 sq mi)
 • Land 15,386.4 km2 (5,940.73 sq mi)
 • Water 228.2 km2 (88.10 sq mi)  1.46%
 • MSA 12,398.5 km2 (4,787.09 sq mi)
 • CSA 15,614.6 km2 (6,028.83 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Urban 1,487,483 (33rd)
 • Urban density 812.557/km2 (2,104.514/sq mi)
 • MSA 2,001,452 (32nd)
 • MSA density 171.725/km2 (444.767/sq mi)
 • CSA 2,414,369 (23rd)
 • CSA density 155.365/km2 (402.394/sq mi)
Time zone ET (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Codes 460xx, 461xx, 462xx, 466xx, 469xx
Area code(s) 317, 463, 765, 812, 930

Indianapolis–Carmel–Anderson or Indianapolis metropolitan area is an 11-county metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Indiana, as defined by the Office of Management and Budget.[1] The metropolitan area is situated in Central Indiana in the American Midwest.

The metropolitan area is centered on the capital and most populous city of Indiana, Indianapolis. Indianapolis–Carmel–Anderson is the 33rd most populous metropolitan area in the United States, and largest in the state of Indiana. As of 2014, the population was 1,971,274.[2] Indianapolis also anchors the larger Indianapolis–Carmel–Muncie combined statistical area (CSA), the 26th most populated, with 2,336,237.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis, which contains an estimated 54 million people.


Satellite image of the Indianapolis metropolitan area (2008).

Metropolitan area

Anchor city

Municipalities with 50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants

Municipalities with 10,000 to 50,000 residents


Municipalities with 1,000 to 10,000 inhabitants

Municipalities with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants


County 2014 Estimate 2010 Census Change
Marion County 934,243 903,389 +3.42%
Hamilton County 302,623 274,569 +10.22%
Hendricks County 156,056 145,412 +7.32%
Johnson County 147,538 139,867 +5.48%
Madison County 130,069 131,636 −1.19%
Hancock County 71,978 70,045 +2.76%
Morgan County 69,693 68,939 +1.09%
Boone County 61,915 56,638 +9.32%
Shelby County 44,579 44,393 +0.42%
Putnam County 37,618 37,952 −0.88%
Brown County 14,962 15,242 −1.84%
Total 1,971,274 1,887,722 +4.43%

Combined Statistical Area

Map of the Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie Combined Statistical Area.
  Marion County
  Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN MSA
  Muncie, IN MSA
  Columbus, IN MSA
  New Castle, IN µSA
  Seymour, IN µSA
  Crawfordsville, IN µSA
  North Vernon, IN µSA
  Greensburg, IN µSA

The larger Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie Combined Statistical Area (CSA) includes the Columbus, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, Crawfordsville, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area, Greensburg, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area, Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, Muncie, IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, New Castle, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area, North Vernon, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area, and the Seymour, IN Micropolitan Statistical Area.[3] The Indianapolis-Carmel-Muncie CSA had a population of 2,166,632 in 2014.[4]

Area codes

The 317 area code covered all of northern and central Indiana until 1948, when the 219 area code was created. Central Indiana remained under the 317 banner until 1997, when growth in and around Indianapolis prompted the creation of 765 area code.

The 317 area code covers the Indianapolis metropolitan area. The counties covered by 317 are Boone County, Hancock County, Hamilton County, Hendricks County, Johnson County, Madison County, Morgan County, and Shelby County.

According to the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the 317 area code is expected to run out of numbers in 2017.[5] Expansion is planned, however no indication of when or what the new area code will be numbered has been given.



Indiana's Crossroads of America moniker is largely attributed to the historical function of the Indianapolis metropolitan area has played as a center for logistics and transportation.


The Indianapolis area is a major point on the United States Interstate Highway System, as it is a confluence of four major interstate highways:

Other interstates that cross through the Indianapolis area include:

  • I-465 – Also known as the USS Indianapolis Memorial Highway, I-465 is a beltway circling suburban Indianapolis.
  • I-865 – It is an east–west connector northwest of Indianapolis in Boone County.

US Highways

Indiana state highways

Other notable roads

Other notable roads in the area are:


Indianapolis International Airport's Col. H. Weir Cook Terminal (pictured) opened in 2008 after a $1.1 billion expansion.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area is served by several airports, most under ownership and operation of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, including Eagle Creek Airpark (EYE), Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (UMP), Indianapolis Regional Airport (MQJ), Hendricks County Airport (2R2), Indianapolis Downtown Heliport (8A4), and the busiest airport in the state, Indianapolis International Airport (IND). In 2014, Indianapolis International served 7.4 million passengers and handled nearly 1 million metric tonnes of cargo.

Other airports within the region include:


Indianapolis Union Station serves as a hub for Amtrak, which maintains service to the Cardinal and is the eastern terminus of the Hoosier State.

Colleges and universities

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis enrolls some 30,000 students, the highest post-secondary enrollment within the Indianapolis metropolitan area.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area is home to a number of higher education institutions, including:


Hinkle Fieldhouse is home to the Butler Bulldogs. In 1954, Hinkle hosted the "Milan Miracle," inspiring the 1986 film Hoosiers.

Professional teams

Club Sport Founded League Venue
Indianapolis Colts Football 1953 NFL Lucas Oil Stadium
Indiana Pacers Basketball 1967 NBA Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indiana Fever Women's basketball 2000 WNBA Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Semi-professional teams

Club Sport Founded League Venue
Indy Fuel Ice hockey 2014 ECHL Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Indianapolis Indians Baseball 1902 IL (Triple-A) Victory Field
Indy Eleven Soccer 2013 NASL Michael Carroll Stadium
Indy Eleven NPSL Soccer 2007 NPSL Grand Park
F.C. Indiana Women's soccer 2003 WPSL Newton Park
Indy Crash Women's football 2011 WFA Marian University
Indianapolis AlleyCats Ultimate 2012 AUDL Kuntz Stadium

College sports (Division I)

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the preeminent collegiate athletic governing body in the U.S. and Canada, regulating athletes of 1,281 institutions; conferences; organizations; and individuals. The NCAA also organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities and helps more than 450,000 college student-athletes who compete annually in college sports.

School Founded Nickname Conference
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis 1972 IUPUI Jaguars The Summit League
Butler University 1932 Butler Bulldogs Big East Conference


The 2008 Indianapolis 500, the 92nd running of the race.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area hosts several notable sporting events annually, including the Brickyard 400, Grand Prix of Indianapolis, NHRA U.S. Nationals, NFL Scouting Combine, Big Ten Football Championship Game, the largest half marathon in the U.S.,[6] and the largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500. The cars competing in the latter race are known as IndyCars as a reference to the event. Indianapolis has also been a frequent host of the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's basketball tournaments. Other major sporting events hosted include Pan American Games X in 1987, Super Bowl XLVI in 2012,[7] and the 2013 International Champions Cup between Chelsea F.C. and Inter Milan.[8]

High school sports are highly competitive in Greater Indianapolis. In 2013, MaxPreps ranked Indianapolis No. 3 in its Top 10 Metro Areas for High School Football.[9]

Notable natives


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