Indiana, The Hoosier State
While the origins of the name "Hoosier" are often debated, not debated is that Indiana is positioned in the corn & grain belt of American. With much of the output going to feed cattle & hogs.
With plenty of flat land and ample average precipitation Indiana was almost made for farming. Little know fact about the land in Indiana, is that it was not mostly prairie like some of the other Midwestern farming states, but filled with trees that were felled to make way for farms.
While the state as a whole is seeing a population increase, it too like many others is seeing a decline in rural, as well as mid-sized cities.
Famed singer/song writer John Mellencamp, was born in Seymour, Indiana. His hit song "Small Town", was most likely inspired by growing up there. While still slightly bigger than it was when he was young, Seymour has seen a population decline of over 3% between 2000-2010.