Evansville is a city in and the county seat of Vanderburgh County, Indiana. The population was 117,429 at the 2010 census, making it the state's third-most populous city after Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, the largest city in Southern Indiana, and the 232nd-most populous city in the United States. It is the central city of the Evansville metropolitan area, a hub of commercial, medical, and cultural activity of Southwestern Indiana and the Illinois–Indiana–Kentucky tri-state area, that is home to over 911,000 people. The 38th parallel crosses the north side of the city and is marked on Interstate 69.
|City of Evansville|
Eville, The Ville, River City, Stoplight City, Pocket City, Crescent City
|Regions||IN–IL–KY Tri-State Area, SW Indiana|
|Townships||Center, German, Knight, Perry, Pigeon|
|• Mayor||Lloyd Winnecke (R)|
|• City||47.81 sq mi (123.83 km2)|
|• Land||47.32 sq mi (122.55 km2)|
|• Water||0.49 sq mi (1.28 km2)|
|• Metro||2,367 sq mi (6,130 km2)|
|Elevation||387 ft (118 m)|
|• Rank||1st in Vanderburgh County|
1st in Southern Indiana
3rd in Indiana
223rd in the United States
|• Density||2,493.32/sq mi (962.68/km2)|
|• Urban||229,351 (US: 159th)|
|• Metro||358,676 (US: 142nd)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
40 total ZIP codes:
|Area code(s)||812 & 930|
|GNIS feature ID||434258|
|Major State Roads|
|Waterways||Ohio River, Pigeon Creek|
|Airports||Evansville Regional Airport|
|Website||City of Evansville|
Situated on an oxbow in the Ohio River, the city is often referred to as the "Crescent Valley" or "River City". Early French explorers named it La Belle Rivière ("The Beautiful River"). The area has been inhabited by various indigenous cultures for millennia, dating back at least 10,000 years. Angel Mounds was a permanent settlement of the Mississippian culture from 1000 AD to around 1400 AD. The European-American city was founded in 1812.
Three NYSE companies (Accuride, Berry Global, and OneMain Financial) are headquartered in Evansville, and three companies traded on NASDAQ (Escalade, Old National Bank, and Shoe Carnival) are also headquartered in Evansville. The city is home to public and private enterprise in many areas, as Evansville serves as the region's economic hub.
Evansville is home to Tropicana Evansville, the state's first casino; Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden, one of the state's oldest and largest zoos; and sports tourism industry. The city has several educational institutions. The University of Evansville is a private school on the city's east side, while the University of Southern Indiana is a larger public institution just outside the city's westside limits. The Indiana University School of Medicine also maintains a campus in Evansville. Other local educational institutions include the nationally ranked Signature School and the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. In 2008, Evansville was voted the best city in the country in which "to live, work, and play" by the readers of Kiplinger, and in 2009 as the 11th best.