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Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area

Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky
tri-state area
Common names: Tri-State Area
Wabash Valley (Illinois, Indiana)
Ohio Valley (All three)
Green Valley (Kentucky)
Largest city
10,000+ cities
Illinois
Harrisburg
Indiana
Evansville
VincennesJasper
PrincetonWashington
Kentucky
Owensboro
HendersonMadisonville
MSAs EvansvilleOwensboro
µSAs Central CityHarrisburgJasper
MadisonvilleVincennesWashington

The Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area is a tri-state area where the U.S. states of Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky intersect. The area is defined mainly by the television viewing area and consists of ten Illinois counties, eleven Indiana counties, and nine Kentucky counties.

The 2010 population estimate of the 30-county core region is 911,613 people. Evansville, Indiana, with approximately 118,000 people, is the largest city and the principal hub for both the Evansville Metropolitan Area and Southwestern Indiana. Owensboro, Kentucky, with approximately 60,000 people, is the second-largest city and the secondary hub as well as the hub for the Owensboro Metropolitan Area. The other seven cities with 10,000 or more people include Harrisburg, Illinois; Henderson, Kentucky; Madisonville, Kentucky; Princeton, Indiana; Vincennes, Indiana; Washington, Indiana; and Jasper, Indiana. The dissecting point between the three states are the Wabash and Ohio Rivers which meet near the tripoint of Gallatin County, Illinois, Posey County, Indiana, and Union County, Kentucky.

Some of the counties along the edges may or may not consider themselves as part of the area. One of the Evansville TV stations (CW 7 WTVW) also includes Hardin County, Illinois, Crawford County, Indiana, Orange County, Indiana, Breckinridge County, Kentucky, Crittenden County, Kentucky and Grayson County, Kentucky as part of its viewing area as well as the below-mentioned counties because, prior to the advent of digital television, the station broadcast on the VHF band (it now broadcasts on RF channel 28, in the UHF band). This was also due to its transmitter being located near Chandler, Indiana in Warrick County as opposed to in Henderson County, like the other stations. (See map on right.)

In addition, the counties on the eastern edge of the area are included in Kentuckiana, the northern edge counties are included in the Terre Haute viewing area and the western edge counties are either included in the Paducah-Carbondale or the St. Louis viewing areas and the southern edge are included in the Nashville-Clarksville viewing area.

The counties

Note: Italicized counties are included by only WTVW. See above map.

Media

Fifteen largest cities

Population
Rank
City State Population
2010
County Region
1 Evansville Indiana 117,429 Vanderburgh Southwestern
Indiana
2 Owensboro Kentucky 57,265 Daviess Northwestern
Kentucky
3 Henderson Kentucky 28,757 Henderson Northwestern
Kentucky
4 Madisonville Kentucky 19,591 Hopkins Northwestern
Kentucky
5 Vincennes Indiana 18,423 Knox Southwestern
Indiana
6 Jasper Indiana 15,038 Dubois Southwestern
Indiana
7 Washington Indiana 11,509 Daviess Southwestern
Indiana
8 Princeton Indiana 10,974 Gibson Southwestern
Indiana
9 Harrisburg Illinois 9,638 Saline Southeastern
Illinois
10 Olney Illinois 8,631 Richland Southeastern
Illinois
11 Mount Carmel Illinois 8,282 Wabash Southeastern
Illinois
12 Tell City Indiana 7,272 Perry Southwestern
Indiana
13 Mount Vernon Indiana 7,186 Posey Southwestern
Indiana
14 Boonville Indiana 6,834 Warrick Southwestern
Indiana
15 Central City Kentucky 5,893 Muhlenberg Northwestern
Kentucky
15 Huntingburg Indiana 5,594 Dubois Southwestern
Indiana
  • All of the cities on the list are county seats of their respective counties except Huntingburg, Indiana and Central City, Kentucky.
  • Newburgh is currently undergoing annexation plans that will incorporate many of the surrounding developments which will increase the population to as much as 12,000 people putting the town right behind Jasper on the above list. Also Newburgh would be the only town on the list.

Metropolitan and micropolitan areas

Metropolitan areas

Name Primary City
or Cities
State
or States
County
or Counties
Non-Area County or
Counties Influenced
Area 2010
Population
Evansville, IN-KY
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Evansville
Henderson
Princeton
Indiana
Kentucky
Gibson, Posey
Vanderburgh, Warrick
Henderson, Webster
Illinois: Wabash, White
Indiana: Pike, Spencer
Kentucky: Union
2,367 sq mi
6,130 km2
358,676
Owensboro, KY
Metropolitan Statistical Area
Owensboro Kentucky Daviess, Hancock
McLean
Indiana: Perry, Spencer
Kentucky: Breckinridge, Ohio
931 sq mi
2,410 km2
114,752

Micropolitan areas

Name Primary City State
or States
County
or Counties
Area 2010
Population
Central City, KY
Micropolitan Area
Central City
Greenville
Kentucky Muhlenberg 479 sq mi
1,241 km2
31,499
Harrisburg, IL
Micropolitan Area
Harrisburg Illinois Saline 387 sq mi
1,002 km2
24,913
Jasper, IN
Micropolitan Area
Jasper Indiana Dubois
Pike
776 sq mi
2010 km2
54,734
Madisonville, KY
Micropolitan Area
Madisonville Kentucky Hopkins 554 sq mi
1,430 km2
46,920
Vincennes, IN-IL
Micropolitan Area
Lawrenceville
Vincennes
Illinois
Indiana
Knox
Lawrence
898 sq mi
2,330 km2
55,273
Washington, IN
Micropolitan Area
Washington Indiana Daviess 437 sq mi
1,130 km2
31,648

Core counties

Southeast Illinois

Population Total: 135,933

County
Name
County
Seat
Population
(2010)
Area
Clay Louisville 13,815 Script error: No such module "convert".
Edwards Albion 6,721 Script error: No such module "convert".
Gallatin Shawneetown 5,589 Script error: No such module "convert".
Hamilton McLeansboro 8,457 Script error: No such module "convert".
Lawrence Lawrenceville 16,833 Script error: No such module "convert".
Richland Olney 16,233 Script error: No such module "convert".
Saline Harrisburg 24,913 Script error: No such module "convert".
Wabash Mt. Carmel 11,947 Script error: No such module "convert".
Wayne Fairfield 16,760 Script error: No such module "convert".
White Carmi 14,665 Script error: No such module "convert".

Southwestern Indiana

Population Total: 474,251

County
Name
County
Seat
Population
(2010)
Area
Daviess Washington 31,648 Script error: No such module "convert".
Dubois Jasper 41,889 Script error: No such module "convert".
Gibson Princeton 33,503 Script error: No such module "convert".
Knox Vincennes 38,440 Script error: No such module "convert".
Martin Shoals 10,334 Script error: No such module "convert".
Perry Tell City 19,338 Script error: No such module "convert".
Pike Petersburg 12,845 Script error: No such module "convert".
Posey Mt. Vernon 25,910 Script error: No such module "convert".
Spencer Rockport 20,952 Script error: No such module "convert".
Vanderburgh Evansville 179,703 Script error: No such module "convert".
Warrick Boonville 59,689 Script error: No such module "convert".

Northwest Kentucky

Population Total: 291,891

County
Name
County
Seat
Population
(2010)
Area
Daviess Owensboro 96,656 Script error: No such module "convert".
Hancock Hawesville 8,565 Script error: No such module "convert".
Henderson Henderson 46,250 Script error: No such module "convert".
Hopkins Madisonville 46,920 Script error: No such module "convert".
McLean Calhoun 9,531 Script error: No such module "convert".
Muhlenberg Greenville 31,499 Script error: No such module "convert".
Ohio Hartford 23,842 Script error: No such module "convert".
Union Morganfield 15,007 Script error: No such module "convert".
Webster Dixon 13,621 Script error: No such module "convert".

Trivia

There are two counties named Daviess in the Tri-State Area, Daviess County, Indiana (pronounced Da'Veez), and Daviess County, Kentucky (pronounced Da'Vis). Both counties are named for Maj. Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, U.S. District Attorney for Kentucky who prosecuted Aaron Burr.

See also