Evansville, IN, City and Higher Education Facts

Evansville, Indiana, is the third-largest city in the state, home to a diverse economy and the cultural and economic center for a large portion of Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Several colleges and universities can be found in the city. Below, read about the population, economy and schools of Evansville.

Information about Evansville

Evansville is located in the southwestern portion of Indiana, along the banks of the Ohio River. With a population of about 120,300, as of 2014 U.S. census estimates, the city is the third largest in the state. Evansville occupies roughly 44 square miles and was officially incorporated as a city in 1847. Unlike the majority of Indiana, the city is located in the Central Time Zone.

Attractions in Evansville include the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, which features exhibits from local Native American culture, and Bosse Field, current home of the Evansville Otters baseball team and the setting for several scenes in the movie A League of their Own.

Higher Education

Evansville has three public and private non-profit universities, colleges and career schools. It is home to the University of Evansville, a private Methodist university enrolling nearly 2,600 students, as of Fall 2014. The school was ranked 8th among regional universities in the Midwest, according to 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranking data. The publication also ranked it 4th on the list of Best Value Schools in the region.

The University of Southern Indiana is also located in the city and had about 9,300 students. The school offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice, about 10 master's programs and 70 undergraduate degree options, including two associate's degree programs. Ivy Tech Community College-Southwest is also found in Evansville, along with a few proprietary institutions offering career programs.

Economy and Employment

According to 2012 census data, health care and social assistance employed nearly 17,000 people. Retail trade employed about 11,800 people, and administrative and support and waste management and remediation services employed about 10,200 people.

The city hosts the headquarters for such companies as Accuride Corporation, Atlas Van Lines and Old National Bank. Many companies maintain manufacturing operations in the area, including Toyota and AK Steel.

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