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Indianapolis Residents Lead More Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Indianapolis Residents More Obese Than the Average American

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metro area, 31.1% of adults are […]

Indiana Among the Least Healthy States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Life Expectancy in Indianapolis Below Nation

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN metro area, life expectancy is 77.4 years at birth, lower than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Indiana, life expectancy […]

Indiana Managed No Better Than Average State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Homeownership Rate in Indianapolis Similar to National Rate

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metro area, 64.2% of residents own their homes, higher than the national homeownership rate, but the fourth lowest of any metro area in Indiana. Young Americans are […]

Poverty Rate in Indianapolis Below National Level

An estimated 13.9% of residents in the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than the national poverty rate of 14.7% and roughly similar to the state’s poverty rate of 14.5%. Indianapolis has the third lowest poverty rate of any Indiana metro area. A high school education can mean the difference […]

Why Students in Indiana Graduate College With More Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Why Indianapolis Residents Spend Less Time Commuting

The average resident of the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metro area spends 24.9 minutes commuting to work, shorter than the national average of 26.4 minutes and longer than the statewide average of 23.3 minutes. Indianapolis residents have the longest commute of any metro area in Indiana. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the distance […]

Indianapolis Residents More Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 19.6% of adults in the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metro area smoke, higher than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 22.9% statewide smoking rate. The Indianapolis smoking rate is the second lowest in Indiana. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

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