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Indiana is divided into ninety-two counties. The oldest and newest Counties in Indiana are Knox County (created 1790) and Newton County (created 1857).Many Indiana counties are named for the US Founding Fathers and personalities of the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and Battle of Tippecanoe; early leaders of Indiana Territory and Indiana, as well as surrounding states like Michigan and Kentucky; plus Native American tribes and geographical features.

Vanderburgh County, Indiana

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Vanderburgh County is a county located in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the population was 179,703. Vanderburgh County was created on February 1, 1818. The county seat is in Evansville. The county is named for Henry Vanderburgh, a judge for Indiana Territory.

Vanderburgh County forms the core of the Evansville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Vanderburgh County Name

The county is named for Henry W. Vanderburgh, a Judge of the Supreme Court of the Indiana Territory.


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Vanderburgh County History

Vanderburgh County was organized February 1, 1818 from Gibson, Posey, and Warrick Counties. It was named for Capt. Henry Vanderburgh, Revolutionary War veteran and judge for the Indiana Territory.

 While Vanderburgh County was the seventh largest county in 2010 population with 179,703 people, it is also the eighth smallest county in area in Indiana and the smallest in Southwestern Indiana, covering only 236 sq mi. In 2012, the population was 180,835. Vanderburgh County is divided into 8 Civil Townships as follows: Armstrong, Center, German, Knight, Perry, Pigeon, Scott and Union.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 236 square miles (611 km2), of which 235 square miles (608 km2) is land and 1 square mile (3 km2) (0.49%) is water.

Vanderburgh county is located in southwest Indiana. Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve and The Howell Wetlands are located in this county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Gibson County
  • Northeast: Warrick County
  • South: Henderson County, Ky.
  • West: Posey County


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