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#32 in Overall Rankings#36 out of 50 in 2019
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Overview of Indiana

Area
36,421 SQ. MI.
GDP
$380 Billion
College Educated
35.8%
Population
6,732,219
Capital
Indianapolis
Median Income
$30,886
Area
36,421 SQ. MI.
GDP
$380 Billion
College Educated
35.8%
Population
6,732,219
Capital
Indianapolis
Median Income
$30,886

Rankings Scorecard

  • #32
    Health Care
  • #22
    Education
  • #21
    Economy
  • #32
    Infrastructure
  • #7
    Opportunity
  • #32
    Fiscal Stability
  • #24
    Crime & Corrections
  • #48
    Natural Environment

Native American tribes inhabited the Midwest for thousands of years before the first white settlers arrived in the 1600s. Within a century of their arrival, tensions between the French and English led to the French and Indian War in 1755. When both sides signed the Treaty of Paris in 1763, Britain gained formal control of the region that is now Indiana, whose name means “Land of the Indians.”

The influx of white settlers caused conflicts with Native Americans, and clashes continued until future president Gen. William Henry Harrison led federal troops to victory at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Indiana was admitted in 1816 as the 19th state, and its capital has remained Indianapolis since 1825.

After the war, advances in transportation and manufacturing led to rapid population growth in northern Indiana, and although the state remained primarily rural, dependence on river transportation and the old pioneer influence began to wane. With borders on Lake Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois, the state is a hub to trade throughout the region.

In the beginning of the 20th century, automobile manufacturing became a major industry there, and vehicles were produced in more than 40 Indiana cities. Though many of the factories eventually failed during the Great Depression, in 1911, the state became the host of the most famous automobile race in the world, the Indianapolis 500.

The state is a major exporter of cars, car parts and pharmaceuticals, sending more products to Canada than any other country. Indiana’s natural resources also contribute heavily to its economy, with the state producing 36 million tons of coal annually.

Indiana Rankings

Overall Rankings
CategoryRank
#36 out of 50 in 2019
#32
Read our methodology to see how the scores and rankings were calculated.
Rankings
Health Care#32
Education#22
Economy#21
Infrastructure#32
Opportunity#7
Fiscal Stability#32
Crime & Corrections#24
Natural Environment#48
Overall Rankings
#36 out of 50 in 2019
#32
Read our methodology to see how the scores and rankings were calculated.
CategoryRank
Rankings
Health Care#32
Education#22
Economy#21
Infrastructure#32
Opportunity#7
Fiscal Stability#32
Crime & Corrections#24
Natural Environment#48
Ranking
Attributes
#32
Rankings
Health Care Access#23
Health Care Quality#27
Public Health#40
Ranking
#32
Attributes
Rankings
Health Care Access#23
Health Care Quality#27
Public Health#40
11.6%

Population Without Health Insurance

National Average: 12.9%

4,832
/100k patients

Preventable Hospital Admissions

National Average: 4,378

35.3%

Obesity Rate

National Average: 32.1%

Ranking
Attributes
#22
Rankings
Higher Education#34
Pre-K - 12#9
Ranking
#22
Attributes
Rankings
Higher Education#34
Pre-K - 12#9
$28,112

Debt at Graduation

National Average: $28,996

88.1%

High School Graduation Rate

National Average: 85.3%

286

NAEP Math Scores

National Average: 282

Ranking
Attributes
#21
Rankings
Business Environment#30
Employment#23
Growth#19
Ranking
#21
Attributes
Rankings
Business Environment#30
Employment#23
Growth#19
$0.586
Per $1K GDP

Venture Capital per GDP

National Average: $6.05

1.0%

Job Growth

National Average: 1.4%

0.2%

Net Migration

National Average: 0.2%

Ranking
Attributes
#32
Rankings
Energy#36
Internet Access#22
Transportation#33
Ranking
#32
Attributes
Rankings
Energy#36
Internet Access#22
Transportation#33
6.6%

Renewable Energy Usage

National Average: 11.2%

24.2
minutes

Average Commute Time

National Average: 27.6

22.6%

Roads in Poor Condition

National Average: 19.9%

Ranking
Attributes
#7
Rankings
Affordability#6
Economic Opportunity#32
Equality#16
Ranking
#7
Attributes
Rankings
Affordability#6
Economic Opportunity#32
Equality#16
89.0

Cost of Living Index

National Average: 100.0

$57,603

Median Household Income

National Average: $65,712

11.9%

Poverty Rate

National Average: 12.3%

Ranking
Attributes
#32
Rankings
Long-Term Fiscal Stability#28
Short-Term Fiscal Stability#29
Ranking
#32
Attributes
Rankings
Long-Term Fiscal Stability#28
Short-Term Fiscal Stability#29
AA1-STABLE

Government Credit Rating

National Average: N/A

1.030

Budget Balancing

National Average: 1.042

2.7

Liquidity

National Average: 2.5

Ranking
Attributes
#24
Rankings
Corrections#31
Public Safety#25
Ranking
#24
Attributes
Rankings
Corrections#31
Public Safety#25
399
/100k residents

Incarceration Rate

National Average: 419

102
/100k juveniles

Juvenile Incarceration

National Average: 85

371
/100k residents

Violent Crime Rate

National Average: 379

Ranking
Attributes
#48
Rankings
Air & Water Quality#38
Pollution#48
Ranking
#48
Attributes
Rankings
Air & Water Quality#38
Pollution#48
100

Days with Unhealthy Air Quality

National Average: 104

3.81
/100k residents

Drinking Water Violation Points

National Average: 2.08

3,442
pounds/mi²

Industrial Toxins

National Average: 959

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The overall Best State ranking from U.S. News & World Report shows how each of the 50 U.S. states ranks in 71 metrics across eight categories.

Rankings Scorecard

  • #32
    Health Care
  • #22
    Education
  • #21
    Economy
  • #32
    Infrastructure
  • #7
    Opportunity
  • #32
    Fiscal Stability
  • #24
    Crime & Corrections
  • #48
    Natural Environment

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