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Evansville, Indiana

Evansville is a city located in Vanderburgh County, Indiana. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 121,582. The city is the county seat of Vanderburgh County6.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 Demographics
3 History
4 Famous People from Evansville
5 Events
6 Other


Evansville is located at 37°58'38" North, 87°33'2" West (37.977166, -87.550566)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 105.6 km² (40.8 mi²). 105.4 km² (40.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.15% water. The city faces the Ohio River along its southern boundary.


As of the census of 2000, there are 121,582 people, 52,273 households, and 30,527 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,153.4/km² (2,987.0/mi²). There are 57,065 housing units at an average density of 541.3/km² (1,402.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 86.24% White, 10.92% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.49% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 1.14% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 52,273 households out of which 26.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% are married couples living together, 13.7% have a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% are non-families. 35.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.24 and the average family size is 2.90.

In the city the population is spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $31,963, and the median income for a family is $41,091. Males have a median income of $30,922 versus $21,776 for females. The per capita income for the city is $18,388. 13.7% of the population and 10.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 19.0% are under the age of 18 and 8.4% are 65 or older.


Evansville was laid out in 1817, and was named in honor of Robert Morgan Evans (1783-1844), one of its founders, who was an officer under then General William Henry Harrison in the War of 1812. It soon became a thriving commercial town, with an extensive river trade, was incorporated in 1819, and received a city charter in 1847. The completion of the Wabash & Erie Canal, in 1843, from Evansville to Toledo, Ohio, a distance of 400 miles, greatly accelerated the city's growth.

Famous People from Evansville


The Evansville Fall Festival is a county fair held in the area west of Downtown Evansville. It is held on the second week of


Though often just two universities are listed for Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana (USI) and the University of Evansville, Indiana University School of Medicine has a presence in the city in the form of the Evansville Center for Medical Education, located on the campus of USI.

The city has had a football team since the 2002-2003 season called the Bluecats.