Not only is Indianapolis the capital city of Indiana, it is also the largest city in the state, with a population of nearly 850,000 people. Indianapolis is a massive city, with about 365 square miles of land and nearly 7 square miles of water contained in its boundaries. White River runs directly through the heart of Indianapolis, offering recreational opportunities on the waterfront, with golf courses, parks, and the Indianapolis Zoo all located along the riverbank.
Homes in Indianapolis range in price, depending on their location and lot size. Neighborhoods on the northern end of the city, such as Carmel, Noblesville, and Fishers, are some of the most desirable suburban areas in Indianapolis, and they contain some of the most expensive homes in the area as well. The southern end of town contains more affordable homes for middle-class families, as well as a mix of industrial and commercial operations. Indianapolis is a popular city for people looking to put down roots and build their lives, as there is plenty of culture, professional sports, and recreational activities located right in town as well as plenty of other options in nearby cities.
A strong local economy has helped contribute to the population growth and low unemployment rate in the city, as well as a diverse mix of industrial, commercial, pharmaceutical, medical, technological, tourism, and agricultural industries. Indianapolis was ranked among the top ten of Forbes' magazine's "Best Places for Business and Careers" in 2014. Many top employers in Indianapolis are healthcare-related, such as St. Vincent Hospital, Peyton Manning Children's Hospital, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Education also employs a large number of people in the city, such as Indiana University, Ball State, Butler University, and Indiana University – Purdue University, a joint merger between IU and Purdue, offering employment opportunities to professors, counselors, support staff, and students alike.