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Evansville, IN-KY
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Map of the Evansville Metro, Tri-State Area

Common name: Evansville Metro, Tri-State Area
Largest city Evansville
Other cities  - Henderson
 - Princeton
 - Newburgh
Population  Ranked 142nd (2005) in the U.S.
 - Total 350,261 (2008)
 - Density 152.9/sq. mi. 
Area 2,367 sq. mi.
6,130 km²
State(s)  Indiana, Kentucky
 - Highest point 535 feet (163 m)
 - Lowest point 320 feet (98 m)

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. Other Indiana cities include Boonville, Mount Vernon, Oakland City, and Princeton. Cities in Kentucky include Dixon, Henderson, Providence, and Robards and currently covers an area of 2,367 sq mi (6,130 km2).

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 part of Kentuckiana but most often called the Tri-State Area [1][2][3], because of Illinois's bordering with Posey County less than 20 miles west of Evansville.



Possibilities for expansion and combination

There is a chance that another Kentucky county, Union, and two Illinois counties, White and Wabash, may be added on in the 2010 census 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 both the Evansville and Owensboro areas. There is also a chance that the Owensboro and Evansville Metros could become the Evansville-Owensboro, IL-IN-KY Combined Statistical Area in 2010 as travel time decreases and interaction increases with improved infrastructre between the two areas and many of the micropolitan areas to the north and south like Interstate 69, the expansion of the 6-lane Lloyd Expressway to the west and east as well as the new U.S. 231 Corridor.

Current Populations

Geographic Area July 1, 2008 Census 2000 1990 Census 1980 Census 1970 Census 1960 Census 1950 Census
Evansville, IN-KY MSA 350,261 342,815 324,858 309,408 232,775 199,313 160,422
Gibson County, Indiana 32,666 32,500 31,913 33,156 30,444¹ 29,949¹ 30,720¹
Posey County, Indiana 26,079 27,061 25,968 26,414 21,740¹ 19,214¹ 19,818¹
Vanderburgh County, Indiana 174,729 171,922 165,058 167,515 168,772 165,794 160,422
Warrick County, Indiana 57,656 52,383 44,920 41,474 27,972 23,577¹ 21,527¹
Henderson County, Kentucky 45,462 44,829 43,044 40,849 36,031 33,519 30,715¹
Webster County, Kentucky 13,669 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.


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