Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN

The Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson MSA is a metropolitan area located in central Indiana, with Indianapolis as its anchor city.

Greater Indianapolis is the largest metro area in Indiana, and one of the largest metro areas in the Midwest. The population has been steadily increasing over the past couple of decades, and is estimated to continue to do so in the future. With over a dozen U.S. and interstate highways passing through Indianapolis, the suburbs surrounding the city have continued to grow, which has resulted in a large influx of immigrants coming to settle down in the area.

Total Population: 1,988,817

(An increase of 5.35 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 106,973
  • Language Spoken at Home - 142,129

Quick Facts

  • Indianapolis is the most populated city in the state of Indiana, and is the 12th most populated city in the country.

  • Since 1990 the foreign-born population in the greater Indianapolis area has increase from 1.6% of the total population to 5.6% of the total population.

  • The Hispanic population currently makes up approximately 50% of the foreign-born population in Indianapolis.

  • It is estimated that in the greater Indianapolis area, the Hispanic population will more than double over the next fifteen years.

  • Indianapolis has one of the largest Burmese refugee populations in the country.


Although historically, Indianapolis has been a predominately white city, recent trends have seen a spike in immigration into the city. Even though the foreign-born population is still under 10% of the total population, the foreign-born population has almost tripled since 1990. People groups from all over the world have started moving to Indianapolis.

The largest ethnic group represented in Indianapolis are Latinos. Almost fifty percent of the immigrant population are Hispanic. Mexicans have a large presence in the city, and significantly affect its culture. The Hispanic population has more than doubled in the last twenty years, and this rapid growth is projected to continue on into the future.

The Asian population has also seen significant increases over the past two decades. The populations has increased by over fifty percent, with the southeast Asian population increasing by almost seventy-five percent over that same period of time.

People Group Profiles

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PG Name Country Of Birth Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism7,366
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism2,136
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesIslam1,211
Arab, EgyptianEgyptArab WorldIslam738
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonArab WorldIslam - Sunni618
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada431
Arab, JordanianJordanArab WorldIslam424
EritreanEritreaHorn of AfricaIslam - Sunni398
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaArab WorldIslam359
Jew, IsraeliIsraelJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism320
Arab, IraqiIraqArab WorldIslam - Shia275
FrenchFranceEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic5,569
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism4,444
HonduranHondurasLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic2,768
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant2,289
SalvadoranEl SalvadorLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal2,100
RussianRussiaEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,099
NigerianNigeriaSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Protestant2,096
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism1,869
GermanGermanyEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,866
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana1,847
Filipino, TagalogPhilippinesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,835
Egyptian CoptEgyptArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox1,107
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic1,101