The 19th state to join the union of the United States, Indiana is in the Great Lakes Region with its northern border lying on the shores of Lake Michigan. Indiana is a flat low-lying area separated into two main regions, the Central Lowland and the Interior Low Plateau. Northwest Indiana is the largest steel producing region in the United States. Other manufacturing propels Indiana’s economy including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cars, electrical equipment, chemical products, rubber, oil and cola products, factory machinery and transportation equipment.
Agricultural also characterizes life in Indiana. Indiana is part of the Corn and Grain Belts. Corn is raised to feed hogs and cattle, and soybean is another major cash crop. Because Indiana is close to such commercial centers as Indianapolis and Chicago, dairy, egg production and specialty horticulture can flourish.
Some major cities in Indiana include: