Jim O'Heir (Jerry Gergich) originally auditioned for the role of Ron Swanson. The producers liked him so much, that they kept him on the show just "to see how it would play out."
What religion am I? I'm a practicing "mind your own f***ing business!"
Indianapolis is less than 3 hours traveling time from all of the major cities in the state of Indiana. Since Pawnee is clearly large enough to have a Parks and Recreation department, as well as its own television station, it is clearly a major Indiana city and thus should be closer to the state capital.