With an area of 36,418 square miles, Indiana is ranked on the 38th position of the 50 states, and with a population of 6,596,855 as it was estimated at 2014, Indiana is the 16th populous state in the USA. Some of the most famous landmarks of the state are: “Indiana World War Memorial Plaza”, “Marengo Cave”, “Bankers Life Fieldhouse”.
In the state of Indiana are located three independent state universities: “Vinceness University”, “Ball State University”, “University of Southern Indiana”. The largest educational institution in the state is “Indiana University”.
State’s gross state product in 2010 was $275.7 billion. Indiana has a workforce of 3,084,100. Very high percentage of Indiana’s GSP is coming from manufacturing. This includes: pharmaceutical and medical devices, automobiles, electric and transportation equipment, chemical products, rubber, petroleum and coal products and factory machinery.
Indiana’s sales tax rate is 7% with dispensation for food and prescription medications. Property taxes are administrated by the Department of Local Government Finance, and are imposed on both real and personal property. As it was estimated in 2011 Indiana’s fiscal year reported one of the largest surpluses among US, with an extra $1.2 billion in its accounts. The state of Indiana has 24 coal power plants, including the largest coal power plant in the US located across the Wabash River. Indiana has made commitments to increase the use of renewable resources such as wind, hydroelectric, biomass, or solar power, however, progress has been very slow, mainly because of the continued abundance of coal in Southern Indiana.
Indiana’s pawn shop owners are represented by Indiana’s Pawnbrokers Association.