The Evansville Region is comprised of the city of Evansville including the counties of Vanderburgh, Warrick, Posey and Gibson. Southwest Indiana serves as the hub for the Tri-State geography of Indiana, Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky – leading in areas of economics, culture, transportation and education.
Located along the Ohio River, the city of Evansville and Vanderburgh County have an estimated population in excess of 180,000. Major employers include: Evansville-based Shoe Carnival, with more than 370 stores and nearly 2,000 employees nationwide; Evansville-based Old National Bank, the largest financial services holding company headquartered in Indiana and among the top 100 banking companies in the United States; Evansville-based Berry Global. with approximately 25,000 employees worldwide; and Evansville-based OneMain Financial Services with approximately 8,000 employees nationwide.
Southwest Indiana has a pro-business climate with a low cost of doing business versus other regions in the U.S. We have the 2nd lowest unemployment insurance and property tax rates among Midwest states along with competitive energy rates. Southwest Indiana has also been ranked the last two years by niche.com as having one of the lowest cost of living of any city in the nation, coming in at the 3rd lowest in 2018 and 5th lowest in 2019.
The Evansville Region provides residents, visitors, and businesses with easy access to nearly all forms of transportation. Major highway access connects Southwest Indiana with other nearby major cities, including Indianapolis (about 170 miles via Interstate 69), Louisville (about 120 miles via Interstate 64), St. Louis (about 165 miles via Interstate 64), and Nashville (about 150 miles via U.S. 41 and Interstate 24). Moreover, with 4 out of 5 I-69 construction phases between Indianapolis and the Evansville Region completed, our focus has turned to planning a bridge, I-69 Ohio River Crossing (I-69 ORX), between Evansville and Henderson. Evansville Regional Airport offers competitive-priced connectivity to hundreds of domestic and international destinations with frequent daily flights to five top-rated, major hub cities – Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Charlotte and Chicago, as well as non-stop, low-cost flights to Destin and Orlando.
The Evansville Region is growing at an unprecedented rate. Selected as one of Indiana’s Regional Cities, and receiving $42 million in State matching funding, the region’s redevelopment plan focuses on talent-attraction through unique and transformative projects totaling $926.3 million in combined public and private investments. Included in the list of 18 future projects receiving funding are the addition of research within the new Stone Family Center for Health Sciences medical campus and The Post House, a mixed-use housing development project that will serve as a platform for research and development associated with energy efficiency and “connected” appliances playing into the emerging terminology of the “Internet of Things”.
The Evansville Region is home to a wide variety of cultural and entertainment amenities, including The Ford Center (home to the Evansville Thunderbolts, University of Evansville Purple Aces basketball, and hundreds of concerts and events annually); Victory Theatre; Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden; Bosse Field (home to the Evansville Otters and the third-oldest ballpark in regular use in the nation); Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe); Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science, and much more.
The Evansville Region is also home to top-ranked educational institutions, like The Stone Family Center for Health Sciences – newly opened Fall 2018, Signature School (ranked highest in Indiana and 7th best high school in the nation by Newsweek); University of Evansville (ranked ninth for Best Colleges, Midwest Regional Universities by U.S. News & World Report); and University of Southern Indiana, one of the state’s fastest growing comprehensive universities with students from nearly every state and 67 other nations.