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Indiana is the state in which Bloomington is located. It is the 38th largest state by area in the United States and ranked 14th largest by population. Indiana was the 19th state admitted to the United States on December 11, 1816.
The population has grown considerably in the past 15 years, going from a 1% growth rate in the 1980s to a 10% growth rate in the 1990s. The population as measured in 2000 is 6,080,485. This is the fastest growth rate seen since the 1960s, when it was 11%. Most of that growth surrounds Indianapolis.
Largest Cities in Indiana
Below is a list of cities with over 50,000 people within their city limits as of the 2000 census. Metropolitan populations are shown in parentheses where it is available.
- Indianapolis - 791,926 (1,939,349)
- Ft. Wayne - 219,351 (502,141)
- Evansville - 121,582 (342,815)
- South Bend - 107,789 (300,567)
- Gary - 102,746
- Hammond - 83,048
- Bloomington - 69,291
- Muncie - 67,430
- Terre Haute - 60,614
- Anderson - 59,734
- Lafayette - 56,397
- Fishers - 52,390
- Elkhart - 51,874
- 2006-04-02 - For the first time since 1970 Indiana will be observing daylight savings time. The change will take effect at 2am and will go forward 1 hour at that time.
- 2005 - Indiana changed its top speed limit on most highways to 60mph. This came after the federal law changed that required states that wanted to receive funding for road repair have a 55mph limit.