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 Highlights

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StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
FrenchFranceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic5,569
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism4,444
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism2,689
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism2,136
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,099
NigerianNigeriaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Protestant2,096
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism1,869
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Mahayana1,847
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam1,211
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam1,780
UkrainianUkraineEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity768
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic764
Ethiopian, AmharaEthiopiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaChristianity - Orthodox759
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam616
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox541
Scottish, GaelicScotlandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity487
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada431
Arab, JordanianJordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam424
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic414
EritreanEritreaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam - Sunni398
LaoLaosSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism381
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam359
Jew, IsraeliIsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism320
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia275
DutchNetherlandsEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesNon-Religious230

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