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Trivia questions with answers about Indianapolis.

Indianapolis colloquially known as what?
A: Indy.

It is the state capital and most-populous city of the U.S. state of Indiana and the seat of what county?
A: Marion.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the consolidated population of Indianapolis and Marion County in 2020 was what?

A:  977,203.

The "balance" population, which excludes semi-autonomous municipalities in Marion County, was what?
A: 887,642.

It is the 15th most populous city in the U.S., the third-most populous city in the Midwest, after what cities?
A: Chicago and Columbus.


It is the fourth-most populous state capital after what cities?
A: Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Columbus.

The Indianapolis metropolitan area is the 33rd most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U.S., with how many residents?
A: 2,111,040.

Its combined statistical area ranks 28th, with a population of how many?
A: 2,431,361.

Indianapolis covers how many square miles?
A: 368 (950 km2), making it the 18th largest city by land area in the U.S.

Indigenous peoples inhabited the area dating to as early as when?
A: 10,000 BC.


In 1818, the Lenape relinquished their tribal lands in what treaty?
A: The Treaty of St. Mary's.

In 1821, Indianapolis was founded as a planned city for what?
A: The new seat of Indiana's state government.

The city was platted by whom?
A: Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham on a 1-square-mile (2.6 km2) grid next to the White River.

Completion of the National and Michigan roads and arrival of rail later solidified the city's position as what?
A: A manufacturing and transportation hub.

What two nicknames reflect its historical ties to transportation?
A: The "Crossroads of America" and "Railroad City".


Since the 1970 city-county consolidation, known as Unigov, local government administration operates under the direction of what?
A: An elected 25-member city-county council headed by the mayor.

Indianapolis anchors the 29th largest economic region in the U.S., based primarily on what?
A: The industries of trade, transportation, and utilities; professional and business services; education and health services; government; leisure and hospitality; and manufacturing.

The city has notable niche markets in what?
A: Amateur sports and auto racing.

 The city is home to three Fortune 500 companies, two major league sports clubs (Colts and Pacers), five university campuses, and several museums, including the world's what?
A: Largest children's museum.

The city is best known for annually hosting what?
A: The world's largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.


Among the city's historic sites and districts, Indianapolis is home to the largest collection of monuments dedicated to whom?
A: Veterans and war casualties in the U.S. outside of Washington, D.C.

The name Indianapolis is derived from what?
A: The state's name, Indiana (meaning "Land of the Indians", or simply "Indian Land"), and polis, the Greek word for "city."

Who is credited with coining the name?
A: Jeremiah Sullivan, justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.

In 1816, the year Indiana gained statehood, the U.S. Congress donated four sections of federal land to do what?
A: Establish a permanent seat of state government.



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