Indianapolis, often abbreviated Indy, is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana, and the county seat of Marion County, Indiana. The United States Census estimated the city's population, excluding the included towns, at 807,584 in 2009 It is Indiana's largest city and is the 14th largest city in the U.S., the third largest city in the Midwest (behind Chicago and Detroit), the second most populous state capital (after Phoenix, Arizona), and the most populous state capital east of the Mississippi River. Indianapolis is also the fastest growing region in the Midwest.
For much of its history, Indianapolis has oriented itself around government and industry, particularly manufacturing. Today, Indianapolis has a much more diversified economy, contributing to the fields of education, health care, and finance. Tourism is also a vital part of the economy of Indianapolis, and the city plays host to numerous conventions and sporting events. Of these, perhaps the most well known is the annual Indianapolis 500. Other major sporting events include the Brickyard 400 and the Men's and Women's NCAA Basketball Tournaments.
Greater Indianapolis has seen moderate growth among U.S. cities, especially in nearby Hamilton, Hendricks, and Johnson counties. The population of the metropolitan statistical area is estimated at 1,715,459, making it the 33rd-largest in the U.S. The combined statistical area population of Indianapolis is 2,035,327, the 23rd-largest in the U.S.
One of the most well known car companies in the world is laying off a number of its workers in the near future. Rolls Royce announced that they would be laying off 400 employees, the majority of which would be coming from the company's Indianapolis operations, where 4,600 employees are currently employed. The 400 employees will be offered packages over the coming months. Meanwhile, Mayco International LLC, a designer and manufacturer of car parts, is looking to hire on an additional 120 workers by 2016 in Hartford city, which lies 80 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The company is looking to spend $2.9 million in order to renovate and expand its current operations and make room for the new employees.