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The Owensboro Metropolitan Area includes three counties in Kentucky.
Zoom out of the Owensboro Metropolitan Area. Notice the interaction and closeness of the Evansville Metropolitan Area and the counties influenced by both areas. The Owensboro Metropolitan area is located on the right. Spencer County, Indiana (white above Owensboro) is almost completely surrounded by the two metropolitan areas.

The Owensboro Metropolitan Statistical Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of three counties in Kentucky, anchored by the city of Owensboro. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 109,875 (though a July 1, 2007 estimate placed the population at 112,104).[1] The metropolitan area covers 931 sq mi (2,410 km2). Owensboro is more closely defined as a part of Kentuckiana than the neighboring Evansville Metropolitan Area even though at present all three counties are in Kentucky. The reason for this is that the primary city, Owensboro sits on the Ohio River directly across from Spencer County, Indiana, which is likely to become the fourth county in the metropolitan area.

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Possibilities for expansion and combination

There is a chance that the Owensboro and Evansville Metros could become the Evansville-Owensboro, IL-IN-KY Combined Statistical Area in 2010, further decreasing the use of Kentuckiana as a definition, 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 the new U.S. 231 Corridor and the expansion of the 6-lane Lloyd Expressway as well as the interaction between Owensboro and Henderson along the Audubon Parkway.

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Note: Census-designated places are unincorporated.

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 109,875 people, 43,232 households, and 30,142 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 94.46% White, 3.72% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $34,467, and the median income for a family was $41,240. Males had a median income of $33,012 versus $21,659 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $17,136.

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