La Porte County is in Indiana. Whether you are a potential homeowner looking for a lot for sale or a builder or developer seeking land for sale for your next project, the perfect property for you may be found in Indiana, the Hoosier State. Indiana resides in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of the U.S. Indiana, historically an industrial state, is diversifying its economy. It has several metropolitan areas with populations over 100,000, supports major sports teams such as the NFL Colts and NBA Indiana Pacers and, of course, is well noted for the Indianapolis 500 race. It is home to top-ranked universities such as Purdue, Indiana and Notre Dame. Topography in the state ranges from the north being flat to rolling hills and sand dunes along Lake Michigan, the south being filled with hilly, rugged terrain and deep valleys. Lake Michigan offers water front as do the Wabash, Ohio, White and Kankakee Rivers and many lakes. The state capital and largest city of Indianapolis is found in the center of the state. It is listed as one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. with a highly ranked downtown replete with retail, hotels, theaters, museums, dining, art galleries, performing arts and sport venues. The city has six official Cultural Districts, five of which are connected by the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, a greenway for pedestrians and bikers. Nearly 200 parks give access to outdoor activities and the Indianapolis Zoo offers learning and entertainment. It is home to Ball State University as well as Butler University and several other institutes of higher learning. The Indianapolis International Airport, Amtrak and Greyhound provide transportation in the area as does a local bus system. The suburbs of Westfield, Noblesville, Brownsburg and Plainfield were recently listed among the top 100 places to live by Money Magazine. Nearby Fishers was been named the best family and safest city in 2011. To the north lie Geist on the city’s Geist Reservoir, Carmel and Zionville. To the east consider Greenfield and to the south, Greenwood. Avon to the west is considered the wealthiest suburb. Forty miles south of Indianapolis is Columbus with a small town feel and noted architecture. West of Columbus is Bloomington the home of the Indiana University and known as the Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana. The city offers a diverse music scene, performing arts, ethnic dining, a farmers’ market, shopping and many yearly festivals. The B-Line trail uses an old rail line bed to provide a paved place for walking, biking and jogging. In the southwest corner of the state is Evansville, sited on a horseshoe bend of the Ohio River. It has a diverse and stable economy and anchors the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky Tri-State Area as its cultural, medical and commercial hub. It lies, for the most part, in a shallow valley surrounded by rolling hills. Parks include Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve and Wesselman Park for nature pursuits as well as Dress Plaza with views of the Ohio River and Burdette Park featuring an aquatic center. The city offers museums, performing arts, college and semi-pro sports venues, golf courses, annual festivals, the prestigious University of Evansville theater arts program and the Mesker Park Zoo. Nearby towns include Washington, Jasper and Bedford which have small town feels within easy commute. Vincennes on the Wabash River north of Evansville is an historical town which offers Vincennes University, home to the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, many parks, a YMCA situated on 26 acres and the 260 bed Good Samaritan Hospital. Following the Wabash River north of Vincennes is Terre Haute. Indiana State University provides educational and cultural venues. Parks, two public golf courses, greenways, trails and the La Vern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course offer outdoor activities. Lafayette and West Lafayette to the north comprise the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. West Lafayette is noted as the home of Purdue University. Lafayette provides outdoor opportunities with a park system, golf course, aquatic parks and a zoo. Northward, Hammond has recently passed Gary as the largest city on Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan. This lakeshore area stretches from Gary to Michigan City. Chicago is only 25 miles away from Gary. The region is served by the South Shore Line running electric rail from Chicago to South Bend and the Gary-Chicago International Airport. Neighboring communities include the larger towns of Portage, Crown Point, Valparaiso and Michigan City. Griffith, Schererville and Merrillville abut Crown Point. Chesterton, Burns Harbor and Porter closer to the lake shore form the Duneland Area. Cedar Lake sits on a lake of the same name and yet is close to Lake Michigan. This region is influenced by proximity to Chicago and the popularity of Lake Michigan as a vacation spot. Further east is South Bend which is famously the home of Notre Dame University. Along with Elkhart and Mishawaka it forms a statistical region in the commonly known Michiana area. Besides the cultural events at the University, South Bend has a symphony, the Morris Performing Arts Center, various museums, South Bend Civic Theater, a chamber series and semi-pro sports. Outdoor recreation is supplied through its many parks, golf courses, botanical conservatories, East Race Waterway and Potawatomi Zoo. Fort Wayne close to the Ohio border is the cultural hub for Northeast Indiana and the state’s second largest city. It is home to many museums, art galleries, a philharmonic orchestra, minor league sports, children’s zoo, parks, and institutes of higher learning. Ft. Wayne International Airport services the area as does Greyhound and local bus service. To the southwest Muncie is home to Ball State University. It has miles of trails along the Cardinal and White River Greenways, a children’s museum, sportsplex, civic theater and symphony. Prairie Creek Reservoir and Campground provides acres of recreation both on and off the water as does the White River. If you are seeking property in Indiana, you will find a wide variety of choices from waterfront property for sale, lake property for sale, riverfront property for sale, golf course lots for sale, vacant land for sale and even cheap land for sale.
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