Indiana Facts for Kids

A Map of the U.S. state Indiana
  • U.S. State: Indiana
  • Abbreviation: IN
  • Joined the USA: December 11th, 1816 (19th State)
  • Located: Midwestern United States
  • Capital City: Indianapolis, IN
  • Most Populated City: Indianapolis, IN

30 Indiana Facts for Kids

  1. Indiana is a state in the United States of America.
  2. Indiana is in the midwestern region of the United States.
  3. Indiana became a U.S. state on Wednesday, December 11th, 1816.
  4. Indiana was the 19th state to join the United States.
  5. The U.S. state of Indiana covers 36,418 square miles.
  6. Indiana is the 38th largest state by area in the United States.
  7. In 2019, the population of Indiana was estimated to be 6,732,000 residents by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  8. In 2019, Indiana was the 17th most populated state in the United States.
  9. A person who is from or lives in Indiana is called a Hoosier.
  10. The capital city of Indiana is Indianapolis.
  11. The five most populated cities in Indiana are Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend and Carmel.
  12. The largest city by population in Indiana is Indianapolis.
  13. The largest metropolitan area in Indiana is the Greater Indianapolis area.
  14. The U.S. state of Indiana has 92 counties.
  15. The most populated county in Indiana is Marion County with 964,582 residents (2019, U.S. Census Bureau).
  16. The largest county by area in Indiana is Allen County with 657 square miles.
  17. The highest elevation point in Indiana is Hoosier Hill at 1,257 feet above sea level.
  18. The lowest elevation point in Indiana is the confluence of Ohio and Wabash River at 320 feet above sea level.
  19. The average precipitation (rain and snow) in Indiana is 41.86 inches.
  20. Indiana is the 27th wettest state by precipitation (rain and snow) in the United States.
  21. The average temperature in Indiana is 51.8 °F.
  22. The warmest temperature ever recorded in Indiana was 116 °F on July 14th, 1936
  23. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Indiana was -36 °F on January 19th, 1994.
  24. A few natural disasters that can affect Indiana are blizzards, heat waves, ice storms and thunderstorms.
  25. Indiana is in two time zones, Central Time Zone (CT) and Eastern Time Zone (ET).
  26. The USPS abbreviation for Indiana is IN.
  27. The official state flower of Indiana is the peony (Paeonia officinalis).
  28. The official state tree of Indiana is the tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera).
  29. The official state insect of Indiana is the firefly (Lampyridae).
  30. The official state bird of Indiana is the cardinal (Cardinalidae).

Additional Resources on Indiana

  • About Indiana – Learn more about the U.S. state of Indiana on the History Channel website.
  • History of Indiana – Discover the history of Indiana on the Conner Prairie website.
  • Facts About Indiana – Find more facts about Indiana on the Movoto website.
  • Indiana – Wikipedia – Review the Britannica entry on the U.S. state of Indiana to learn more about it.