Indianapolis Community Profile

Katana Tattoo, a premier tattoo shop is proud to offer its world-class Japanese tattoo services to the residents of Indianapolis. We thought you might like to know a bit more about this interesting and vibrant region.


Indianapolis or “Land of the Indians” was coined by Jeremiah Sullivan a justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.  When Indiana achieved statehood in 1816, the United States Congress gave four sections of federal land in order to establish a permanent seat for government.  When the Treaty of St. Mary’s was enacted in 1818, Delaware gave the title to their tribal lands in central Indiana, known as the New Purchase; the site also included the area for the new state capitol in 1820.  More lands means more settlers most coming from Europe. Many of these were Protestants as well as a large group of German & Irish immigrant Catholics.  During the Civil War, Indianapolis remained loyal to the Union cause and Governor Oliver Morton made Indianapolis a rallying point for Union Army troops.

Demographics and Cost of Living

Statistic Indianapolis Indiana National
Population 835,097 6,542,411 314,107,084
Population density (sq mi) 2,310 181 91
Median age 33.9 37.2 37.4
Male/Female ratio 0.9:1 1.0:1 1.0:1
Married (15yrs & older) 46% 57% 55%
Speak English 87% 92% 79%
Speak Spanish 8% 5% 13%


  • Population density is 1176% higher than Indiana
  • Average age is 9% lower than Indiana
  • 02% of the population is Caucasian
  • 85% of the population is African-American
  • 39% of the population is Asian
Index Indianapolis Indiana National
Cost of living index 84 87 100
Index Indianapolis Indiana National
Goods & Services index 85 94 100
Groceries index 87 94 100
Health care index 97 95 100
Housing index 72 73 100
Transportation index 92 92 100
Utilities index 94 90 100


In the event that the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used. Each cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. If the amount is below 100, it is lower than the national average. If the amount is above 100, it is higher than the national average.



There are nine public school districts that serve the needs of residents and these are: Franklin Township Community School Corporation, MSD Decatur Township, MSD Lawrence Township, MSD Perry Township, MSD Pike Township, MSD Warren Township, MSD Washington Township, MSD Wayne Township, and Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS)

Colleges and Universities include Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Herron School of Art and Design, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, School of Dentistry and Indiana University School of Medicine, which is the biggest medical school in the country.


Around 42.42% of Indianapolis residents identify as religious of which Roman Catholics make up the biggest demographic at 11.31% followed by Baptists at 10.31% and Methodists at 4.97%. The Presbyterians make up 2.13% followed by Lutherans and Pentecostals. 8.57% affiliate themselves with a different Christian faith and 0.32% follow Eastern religions. 0.68% are Jewish and 0.295 are Muslim.


The top 5 industries in Indianapolis are in finance, insurance, real estate, rental and leasing. Other industries include: manufacturing, professional and business services, educational, healthcare, social assistance.  3 Fortune 500 Companies are headquartered in Indiana namely: Anthem Inc., Eli Lilly and Simon Property Group, the largest real estate investment trust in the country.

Restaurants & Nightlife

The Capital Grille — Very good steakhouse in the city with amazing service and ambience. Aside from the steaks, do also try the swordfish, mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts which are very good.

Café Patachou – This restaurant is one of the best places to start your day. Great coffee, service and amazing food.  Do try the Overachiever omelette and Apple fritter Cinammon’ed and Croissant French Toasts.  Portions are generous and prices very reasonable.

Seasons 52 — The restaurant offers a rotating menu depending on the season. Food is amazing and the ambience is setup for an intimate gathering for a small group or for a date. Do try the sea ass and the wood-grilled scallops. Perfect.

Fun Things to Do in Indianapolis   

Indianapolis Museum of Art – the museum is located north of the city center in an expansive park. There are four pavilions namely the Krannert Pavilion, which houses American Art from pre-Columbian era to current day works. The collection includes Asian art as well. The Hulman Pavilion houses painting from the Baroque to Neo-impressionist periods. The Clowes Pavilion offers medieval and renaissance art while the Lily Pavilion offers American furniture and silver pieces including some German porcelain as well.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – Fun place to take the kids for an afternoon of educational fun. The museum exhibits innovative and interesting interactive displays that will surely wow the young patrons.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway – What visit to Indiana is complete without a tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? The country’s most celebrated car race, the Indianapolis 500 is held here.  Other races held here are the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Race and the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Indianapolis truly is a great place to visit.  If you are interested in getting a tattoo, we are only a phone call away. We can’t wait to meet you.