Indiana means "Land of the Indians;” it is also referred to as the Hoosier State, and is located in the Midwestern United States, America's heartland. Indiana is one of eight states that make up the Great Lakes Region. Indiana residents are known as Hoosiers, the exact etymology of which is disputed, but the generally accepted version is that the word was originally a slang term for a rough countryman or “country bumpkin.” Indiana is situated close to major cities like Indianapolis, and Chicago, and is also home to the world-renowned "Indy 500. “ Its proximity to large cities is one of the reasons why locals and travelers alike flock to this area, as they can skydive by day and jive in the nearby popular nightclubs in the big cities at night.