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Vanderburgh County, Indiana
Seal of Vanderburgh County, Indiana
Map of Indiana highlighting Vanderburgh County
Location in the state of Indiana
Map of the U.S. highlighting Indiana
Indiana's location in the U.S.
Founded 1818
Seat Evansville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

236 sq mi (611 km²)
235 sq mi (609 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.49%
 - (2000)
 - Density

733/sq mi (283/km²)

Vanderburgh County is a county located in the U.S. state of Indiana. As of 2000, the population was 171,922. The county seat is in Evansville.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 611 km² (236 sq mi). 608 km² (235 sq mi) of it is land and 3 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.49%) is water.

Adjacent counties[]


Vanderburgh County was formed in 1818 from Gibson, Posey, and Warrick Counties. It was named for Capt. Henry Vanderburgh, Revolutionary War veteran and judge for the Indiana Territory.


Vanderburgh County
Population by year

2000 171,922
1990 165,058
1980 167,515
1970 168,772
1960 165,794
1950 160,422
1940 130,783
1930 113,320
1920 92,293
1910 77,438
1900 71,769
1890 59,809
1880 42,193
1870 33,145
1860 20,552
1850 11,414
1840 6,250
1830 2,611
1820 1,798

As of the census² of 2000, there were 171,922 people, 70,623 households, and 44,421 families residing in the county. The population density was 283/km² (733/sq mi). There were 76,300 housing units at an average density of 126/km² (325/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 89.30% White, 8.19% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 35.0% were of German, 16.1% American, 9.4% Irish and 9.3% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 70,623 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.50% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.10% were non-families. 31.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.10% under the age of 18, 11.50% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,823, and the median income for a family was $47,416. Males had a median income of $34,162 versus $22,869 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,655. About 7.80% of families and 11.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.40% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]



  • Forstall, Richard L. (editor) (1996). Population of states and counties of the United States: 1790 to 1990 : from the twenty-one decennial censuses. United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Population Division. ISBN 0-934213-48-8. 

Coordinates: 38°01′N 87°35′W / 38.02, -87.58

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