The state of Indiana is the smallest state west of the Appalachian Mountains in the continental United States. With the largest state capital population east of the Mississippi River in Indianapolis, Indiana boasts a large and rich center. While there are a number of small towns and industrial cities in Indiana, it is also home to a number of metropolitan areas which have a population greater than 100,000. Indiana is home to the largest single-day sporting event in the world with the Indianapolis 500, in addition to the NBA's Indiana Pacers and the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.
Indiana has a humid continental climate, which is marked by variable weather patterns. In particular, Indiana is very susceptible to tornadoes. Rainfall totals are steady throughout the year within the state. Indiana is home to a number of public transportation efforts, from a vast rail system to updated county road system and major US and state highways.
Crime rates in Indiana are almost identical to the national average. Many smaller cities in Indiana are very safe, while larger cities like Indianapolis do have higher than average crime rates. The good news is that the cost of living in Indiana is very affordable; more than 10% less than the national average. With rich culture and affordable housing, Indiana might be a great choice for any family looking to relocate.