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Evansville is the largest city in Southern Indiana. It is the county seat of Vanderburgh County and the regional hub for the Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois tri-state area. Evansville is the third-largest city in the U.S. state of Indiana and the largest city in Southern Indiana. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 117,429. In 2008 a population estimate put the Evansville Metropolitan Statistical Area at 350,261.

Settled in 1812, the city is situated on a gentle horseshoe bend on the Ohio River and often referred to as "River City." One of the most popular attractions in the region is Casino Aztar, the first riverboat casino in the state of Indiana. Evansville is also home to both the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana.

The broad economic base of the region has helped to build an economy which is known for its stability, diversity, and vitality. In 2004 Evansville was named an "All-America City" by the National Civic League. In 2008 it was voted the best city in the country in which "to live, work, and play" by the readers of Kiplinger, and in 2009 the 11th best.

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  1. During WWII the P-47 fighter-plane was manufactured in Evansville at Republic Aviation.
  2. Built in 1915, Evansville’s Bosse Field is the third-oldest professional baseball stadium in the nation behind only Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.
  3. Scenes from the movie “A League of Their Own,” which starred Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna, were filmed at Bosse Field.
  4. Evansville’s Willard Library opened in 1885 and is the oldest operating library in the State of Indiana.
  5. The first American soldier to be killed in battle in World War I was an Evansville native, Cpl. James Bethel Gresham.

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