Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area

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Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky
tri-state area
The Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area within their states.
Dark shaded counties are included only by WTVW.

Common names: Tri-State Area, Wabash Valley, Ohio Valley
Largest city
10,000+ cities
Illinois
Harrisburg
Indiana
Evansville
VincennesJasper
PrincetonWashington
Kentucky
Owensboro
HendersonMadisonville
MSAs EvansvilleOwensboro
µSAs Central CityHarrisburgJasper
MadisonvilleVincennesWashington

The Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area is a tri-state area where the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky intersect. The area is defined mainly by the television viewing area and consists of ten Illinois counties, eleven Indiana counties, and nine Kentucky counties.

The 2010 population estimate of the 30-county core region is 911,613 people. Evansville, Indiana, with approximately 118,000 people, is the largest city and the principal hub for both the Evansville Metropolitan Area and Southwestern Indiana. Owensboro, Kentucky, with approximately 60,000 people, is the second-largest city and the secondary hub as well as the hub for the Owensboro Metropolitan Area. The other seven cities with 10,000 or more people include Harrisburg, Illinois; Henderson, Kentucky; Madisonville, Kentucky; Princeton, Indiana; Vincennes, Indiana; Washington, Indiana; and Jasper, Indiana. The dissecting point between the three states are the Wabash and Ohio Rivers which meet near the tripoint of Gallatin County, Illinois, Posey County, Indiana, and Union County, Kentucky.

Some of the counties along the edges may or may not consider themselves as part of the area. One of the Evansville TV stations (Local 7 WTVW) also includes Hardin County, Illinois, Crawford County, Indiana, Orange County, Indiana, Breckenridge County, Kentucky, Crittenden County, Kentucky and Grayson County, Kentucky as part of their viewing area as well as the below-mentioned counties because, prior to the advent of digital television, the station broadcast on the VHF band (it now broadcasts on RF channel 28, in the UHF band). This was also due to their transmitter being located in Warrick County as opposed to in Henderson County, like the other stations. (See map on right.)

In addition, the counties on the eastern edge of the area are included in Kentuckiana, the northern edge counties are included in the Terre Haute Viewing Area and the western edge counties are either included in the Paducah-Carbondale or the St. Louis Viewing Areas and the southern edge are included in the Nashville-Clarksville Viewing Area.

The counties[edit]

Note: Italicized counties are included by only WTVW. See above map.

Media[edit]

Fifteen largest cities[edit]

The Metropolitan and Micropolitan Areas of the Tri-State Area
Population
Rank
City State Population
2010
County Region
1 Evansville Indiana 117,429 Vanderburgh Southwestern
Indiana
2 Owensboro Kentucky 57,265 Daviess Northwestern
Kentucky
3 Henderson Kentucky 28,757 Henderson Northwestern
Kentucky
4 Madisonville Kentucky 19,591 Hopkins Northwestern
Kentucky
5 Vincennes Indiana 18,423 Knox Southwestern
Indiana
6 Jasper Indiana 15,038 Dubois Southwestern
Indiana
7 Washington Indiana 11,509 Daviess Southwestern
Indiana
8 Princeton Indiana 10,974 Gibson Southwestern
Indiana
9 Harrisburg Illinois 9,638 Saline Southeastern
Illinois
10 Olney Illinois 8,631 Richland Southeastern
Illinois
11 Mount Carmel Illinois 8,282 Wabash Southeastern
Illinois
12 Tell City Indiana 7,272 Perry Southwestern
Indiana
13 Mount Vernon Indiana 7,186 Posey Southwestern
Indiana
14 Boonville Indiana 6,834 Warrick Southwestern
Indiana
15 Central City Kentucky 5,893 Muhlenberg Northwestern
Kentucky
15 Huntingburg Indiana 5,594 Dubois Southwestern
Indiana
  • All of the cities on the list are county seats of their respective counties except Huntingburg, Indiana and Central City, Kentucky.
  • Newburgh is currently undergoing annexation plans that will incorporate many of the surrounding developments which will increase the population to as much as 12,000 people putting the town right behind Jasper on the above list. Also Newburgh would be the only town on the list.

Metropolitan and micropolitan areas[edit]

Metropolitan areas[edit]

Name Primary City
or Cities
State
or States
County
or Counties
Non-Area County or
Counties Influenced
Area 2005
Population
Evansville, IN-KY
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Evansville
Henderson
Princeton
Indiana
Kentucky
Gibson, Posey
Vanderburgh, Warrick
Henderson, Webster
Illinois: Wabash, White
Indiana: Pike, Spencer
Kentucky: Union
2,367 sq mi
6,130 km2
352,943
Owensboro, KY
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Owensboro Kentucky Daviess, Hancock
McLean
Indiana: Perry, Spencer
Kentucky: Breckinridge, Ohio
931 sq mi
2,410 km2
112,104

Micropolitan areas[edit]

Name Primary City State
or States
County
or Counties
Area 2005
Population
Central City, KY
Micropolitan Area
Central City
Greenville
Kentucky Muhlenberg 479 sq mi
1,241 km2
32,331
Harrisburg, IL
Micropolitan Area
Harrisburg Illinois Saline 387 sq mi
1,002 km2
26,733
Jasper, IN
Micropolitan Area
Jasper Indiana Dubois
Pike
776 sq mi
2010 km2
53,211
Madisonville, KY
Micropolitan Area
Madisonville Kentucky Hopkins 554 sq mi
1,430 km2
46,286
Vincennes, IN-IL
Micropolitan Area
Lawrenceville
Vincennes
Illinois
Indiana
Knox
Lawrence
898 sq mi
2,330 km2
54,332
Washington, IN
Micropolitan Area
Washington Indiana Daviess 437 sq mi
1,130 km2
32,200

Core counties[edit]

Southeast Illinois[edit]

Population Total: 142,574

County
Name
County
Seat
Population
(2007)
Area
Clay Louisville 14,760 437 sq mi (1,130 km2)
Edwards Albion 6,971 223 sq mi (580 km2)
Gallatin Shawneetown 6,445 328 sq mi (850 km2)
Hamilton McLeansboro 8,621 436 sq mi (1,130 km2)
Lawrence Lawrenceville 15,452 374 sq mi (970 km2)
Richland Olney 16,149 362 sq mi (940 km2)
Saline Harrisburg 26,933 387 sq mi (1,000 km2)
Wabash Mt. Carmel 13,788 232 sq mi (600 km2)
Wayne Fairfield 17,667 716 sq mi (1,850 km2)
White Carmi 15,788 502 sq mi (1,300 km2)

Southwestern Indiana[edit]

Population Total: 498,015

County
Name
County
Seat
Population
(2007)
Area
Daviess Washington 32,200 437 sq mi (1,130 km2)
Dubois Jasper 40,260 435 sq mi (1,130 km2)
Gibson Princeton 39,785 526 sq mi (1,360 km2)
Knox Vincennes 38,880 524 sq mi (1,360 km2)
Martin Shoals 13,575 341 sq mi (880 km2)
Perry Tell City 22,665 386 sq mi (1,000 km2)
Pike Petersburg 14,440 342 sq mi (890 km2)
Posey Mt. Vernon 30,050 429 sq mi (1,110 km2)
Spencer Rockport 25,200 401 sq mi (1,040 km2)
Vanderburgh Evansville 174,425 236 sq mi (610 km2)
Warrick Boonville 61,552 424 sq mi (1,100 km2)

Northwest Kentucky[edit]

Population Total: 276,007

County
Name
County
Seat
Population
(2007)
Area
Daviess Owensboro 93,756 476 sq mi (1,230 km2)
Hancock Hawesville 8,617 199 sq mi (520 km2)
Henderson Henderson 45,296 467 sq mi (1,210 km2)
Hopkins Madisonville 46,286 554 sq mi (1,430 km2)
McLean Calhoun 9,731 256 sq mi (660 km2)
Muhlenberg Greenville 31,561 479 sq mi (1,240 km2)
Ohio Hartford 23,560 597 sq mi (1,550 km2)
Union Morganfield 15,637 363 sq mi (940 km2)
Webster Dixon 13,890 336 sq mi (870 km2)

Trivia[edit]

The Two Daviess Counties within the Tri-State Area.

There are two counties named Daviess in the Tri-State Area, Daviess County, Indiana (pronounced Da'Veez), and Daviess County, Kentucky (pronounced Da'Vis). Both counties are named for Maj. Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, U.S. District Attorney for Kentucky who prosecuted Aaron Burr.

See also[edit]