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

Common name: Evansville Metro, Tri-State Area
Largest city Evansville
Other cities  – Boonville
 – Henderson
 – Newburgh
 – Princeton
Population  Ranked 142nd in the U.S.
 - Total 358,676
 - Density 152.9/sq. mi. 
Area 2,367 sq. mi.
6,130 km²
State(s)  Indiana, Kentucky
 - Highest point 595 feet (181 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, 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.

Major Employers[]


  • 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 very large power plant in Gibson County.

Current Populations[]

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.

See also[]


External links[]

Template:Evansville, Indiana

Template:Primary Metropolitan Areas in Indiana

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