Evansville, IN–KY Metropolitan Statistical Area
|Evansville Metro, Tri-State Area|
Metropolitan Statistical Area
The Evansville Metropolitan Area (left) with the neighboring Owensboro Metropolitan Area (right)
|Other cities|| – Boonville
– Mount Vernon
|• Total||2,367 sq mi (6,130 km2)|
|Highest elevation||595 ft (181 m)|
|Lowest elevation||320 ft (98 m)|
|• Rank||142nd in the U.S.|
|• Density||152.9/sq mi (59.0/km2)|
The Evansville, IN–KY, Metropolitan Statistical Area is the 142nd largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the United States. The primary city is Evansville, Indiana, the largest city in Southern Indiana and hub for Southwestern Indiana. Other Indiana cities include Boonville, Mount Vernon, Oakland City, and Princeton. Large towns in Indiana include Chandler, Fort Branch, and Newburgh. Cities in Kentucky include Henderson, Dixon, Providence, and Robards and currently covers an area of 2,367 sq mi (6,130 km2). It is the primary metropolitan area in the Illinois–Indiana–Kentucky Tri-State Area.
It was originally named the Evansville, IN, Standard Metropolitan Area and was formed by the United States Census Bureau in 1950, consisting solely of Vanderburgh County, Indiana. As surrounding counties saw an increase in their population densities and the number of residents employed within Vanderburgh County, they met Census criteria to be added to the MSA. Four Indiana counties and two Kentucky counties are now a part of this MSA.
Because it includes counties in both Indiana and Kentucky, the Evansville metropolitan area is sometimes referred to as Kentuckiana. The entire region is usually referred to as the Tri-State because of Illinois bordering Posey County less than 20 miles west of Evansville and to distinguish it from the Louisville metropolitan area.
Possibilities for expansion and combination
Another Kentucky county, Union, and two Illinois counties, White and Wabash, may be added to the metropolitan area as a significant amount of all three counties' populations commute to jobs in Vanderburgh County or any of the other five counties. Another Indiana County, Spencer, may find itself in either the Evansville or Owensboro areas. There is also a possibility that the Owensboro and Evansville Metros could become the Evansville–Owensboro, IL–IN–KY Combined Statistical Area as travel time decreases and interaction increases with improved infrastructure between the two areas with Interstate 69, the expansion of the Lloyd Expressway, as well as the new U.S. 231 corridor. The two metro areas are already a single television market.
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Gibson County
- Alcoa, Warrick County
- SABIC, formerly GE Plastics, Posey County
- Vectren, Operates three power plants in the area in Posey and Warrick Counties.
- Duke Energy Indiana, Operates a power plant in Gibson County.
|Geographic Area||2010 Census||Census 2000||1990 Census||1980 Census||1970 Census||1960 Census||1950 Census|
|Evansville, IN-KY MSA||358,676||342,815||324,858||309,408||232,775||199,313||160,422|
|Gibson County, Indiana||33,503||32,500||31,913||33,156||30,444¹||29,949¹||30,720¹|
|Posey County, Indiana||25,910||27,061||25,968||26,414||21,740¹||19,214¹||19,818¹|
|Vanderburgh County, Indiana||179,703||171,922||165,058||167,515||168,772||165,794||160,422|
|Warrick County, Indiana||59,689||52,383||44,920||41,474||27,972||23,577¹||21,527¹|
|Henderson County, Kentucky||46,250||44,829||43,044||40,849||36,031||33,519||30,715¹|
|Webster County, Kentucky||13,621||14,120||13,955||14,832¹||13,282¹||14,244¹||15,555¹|
¹ County was not a part of Evansville, IN-KY MSA at the time of this Census and the county's population is not included in MSA total.