#48. Indiana



– Share of state experiencing drought conditions (20-year average): 7,238 sq. mi. (20.0% of land area); 1,298,622 people (20.0% of population)

— Moderate drought: 2,807 sq. mi. (7.8% of land area); 520,443 people (8.0% of population)

— Severe drought: 1,007 sq. mi. (2.8% of land area); 183,086 people (2.8% of population)

— Extreme drought: 198 sq. mi. (0.5% of land area); 32,288 people (0.5% of population)

— Exceptional drought: 35 sq. mi. (0.1% of land area); 4,165 people (0.1% of population)

Central Indiana got much-needed drenching rains in the second week of July 2020, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Despite the downpours, virtually all of the region—including Indianapolis, Muncie, and Terre Haute—was categorized as “abnormally dry” last summer, and more than one-third of the state is still facing abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.