Profile for Evansville, Indiana, IN
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Evansville is a city in Vanderburgh County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Gen. Robert Evans, landholder.
The latitude of Evansville is 37.974N. The longitude is -87.555W.
It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 387 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 117,881.
Median household income
$41,994Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census BureauFor more census details and comparisons, see our Evansville demographic reports
Evansville is on the Ohio River.
The founder, Col. Hugh McGary, built a cabin on a bend in the river in 1812 and began operating a ferry.
Major port of call during the days of steamboat travel.
German immigrants settled in the area in the early 19th century. Five German-language congregations were established in the 1840s.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,393. The number of murders and homicides was 12. The violent crime rate was 11.6 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1992 movie, "A League of Their Own"
Census 2000 highlights: Among U.S. communities of at least 100,000 people, ranked No. 2 in lowest monthly mortgage costs. The median here was $698.
Well-known residents have included:
· Bob Griese, football player
· Neal Doughty, keyboardist for REO Speedwagon
· Don Mattingly, baseball player
· Ron Glass, actor
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- Bluegrass Creek Dulcimer Festival - Sept. 8-9, 2007
- Native American Days - Sept. 21-23, 2007
- Westside Nut Club Fall Festival - Oct. 1-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Evansville web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra
Nearby parks & recreation:
Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve
Evansville attractions: Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden, casino
Sports teams: Otters (Frontier League baseball)
Historic sites and museums: Angel Mounds State Historic Site, Reitz Home Museum, Evansville Museum of Arts and Science
Colleges and universities:
University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville, Ivy Tech Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 83
The little town is rapidly increasing, and promises to be a town of considerable trade.
-- William Cobbett, around 1818
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Ancestry & family history
29% of Evansville residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Evansville ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Evansville was $18,388, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Evansville residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Evansville festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- Native American Days - S
- Bluegrass Creek Dulcimer Festival - S
- Westside Nut Club Fall Festival - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Evansville festival web sites:
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Historic districts in Evansville include Bayard Park Historic District, Culver Historic District, Evansville Downtown Historic District, Independence Historic District, Lincolnshire Historic District, Riverside Historic District, Washington Avenue Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Evansville, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $370. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $698.
Libraries in Evansville include East Branch, Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library, McCullough Branch, North Park Branch, Oaklyn Branch, Red Bank Branch, Stringtown Branch, West Branch, Willard Library of Evansville ... View libraries
Newspapers in Evansville include Courier & Press
TV stations in Evansville include WEHT, WEVV, WFIE, WNIN, WTVW.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WNIN-FM.
Vanderburgh County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Evansville political report.
The average commute time for Evansville workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 15 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Evansville between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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“ The little town is rapidly increasing, and promises to be a town of considerable trade. ”
William Cobbett, around 1818
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