About this Guide
Welcome to Evansville!!
Here's a (very) brief history of the place where you now find yourself! Evansville was founded in 1811 when Hugh McGary, Jr. purchased about 440 acres and named it McGary's Landing. Obviously that's not the name that stuck--in 1814, in order to attract more settlement, it was renamed Evansville to honor General Robert Morgan Evans, a War of 1812 militia captain and later brigadier general. Evans served as county clerk and was later speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives. Evansville became incorporated in 1817, and in 1818 was named the county seat of Vanderburgh County. Henry Vanderburgh was the chief judge of the Indiana territorial supreme court.
This etched steel sculpture by artist Amy Musia is entitled The Bend in the River, and was installed on the riverfront in 1993. It depicts McGary and Evans meeting.
Take a look at this map and see how the Ohio River here in Evansville makes such a distinct turn. This explains both the title of the above sculpture and Evansville's nickname as the Crescent City.
Evansville by the Numbers
Land area in square miles, 2010 44.15
City population, 2013 estimate 120,310
Aged 20 to 24 years 10,091
Born in the United States 116,319*
Born in Indiana 84,854*
Most common ancestry reported German*
Persons per household, 2009-2013 2.25
25 years of age and older holding a bachelor's degree or higher 4,605*
*2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates