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As the state's third-largest city and the largest city in Southern Indiana, it is the commercial, medical, and cultural hub of Southwestern Indiana and the Illinois-Indiana-Kentucky tri-state area, home to over 911,000 people.The 38th parallel crosses the north side of the city and is marked on Interstate 69.Coal mining, manufacturing, and hardwood lumber was a major source of economic activity.By 1900 Evansville was one of the largest hardwood furniture centers in the world, with 41 factories employing approximately 2,000 workers.Four NYSE companies (Accuride, Berry Plastics, Springleaf, and Vectren) are headquartered in Evansville, along with the global operations center for NYSE company Mead Johnson.Three other companies traded on the NASDAQ (Escalade, Old National Bank, and Shoe Carnival) are also headquartered in Evansville.The area has been inhabited by various cultures for millennia, dating back at least 10,000 years.Angel Mounds was a permanent settlement of the Mississippian culture from 1000 AD to around 1400 AD. The broad economic base of the region has helped build an economy which is known for its stability, diversity, and vitality.
By the time the Wabash and Erie Canal was finished in 1853, Evansville's first railroad, Evansville & Crawfordsville Railroad, was opened to Terre Haute.
In 1814, to attract more people, Mc Gary renamed his village "Evansville" in honor of Colonel Robert Morgan Evans.
Evansville incorporated in 1817 and became a county seat on January 7, 1818.
Other local educational institutions have also garnered praise and attention, including nationally ranked Signature School and the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.
In 2008, Evansville 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. Following the abandonment of Angel Mounds between the years 14, tribes of Miami, Shawnee, Piankeshaw, Wyandot, Delaware and other Native American peoples were known to be in the area.The city is home to public and private enterprise in many areas, as Evansville serves as the economic hub of the region.