According to existingcountries, Evansville is the third largest city in the US state of Indiana, the county seat of Vanderburgh County, and has a population of around 130,000. The entire metropolitan area has about 350,000 inhabitants. This port city is located on the lower reaches of the Ohio River in the southwestern part of the state.
The city was founded in 1812 in the places where the Ohio River meanders, which is why it is sometimes called the River City. In 1817, Evansville was officially recognized as a city. It was named after its founder, military officer Morgan Robert Evans. In the 1950s, there was a large industrial development, which also resulted in a greater influx of residents looking for work. In the last third of the 20th century, the city became the commercial, health and service center of the region. Companies such as Toyota, AK Steel or Casino Atzar contributed significantly to the growth of employment.
One of the city’s most popular attractions is Casino Aztar, which is the first river casino in the state of Indiana. Evansville is also home to the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana.
On November 6, 2005, a severe tornado hit Evansville, killing 25 people. The tornado began its rampage in Kentucky before crossing the Ohio River and heading into southern Indiana. In addition to the loss of life, it caused almost $85 million in damage.