Set Sail to the River City – Evansville Moving Tips
This historic city has been around since 1812 and goes by the nickname “River City;” the name comes from the city’s setting on an oxbow in the Ohio River. Due to this location, Evansville’s weather is pretty fair where temperatures range from freezing to 80°F. Evansville is not only the largest city in southern Indiana but also the economic, medical, commercial, energy and cultural hub of the entire Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky tri-state area. The area is home to many well-known businesses such as Springleaf Financial, Accuride Corporation and Vectren Corporation. For qualifying businesses located within the city’s Urban Enterprise Zone, Evansville offers tax benefits such as inventory tax credits. Whatever brings you to Evansville, there’s plenty of opportunities and things to do!
Transportation to the City
Since Evansville plays an important role to many of the cities around it, convenient transportation is a must. If you are moving from the east or west, Highways 62 and 66 both have a direct route into the city. Highway 41 cuts through the center of the city for easy access if you are coming from north or south of the city. Interstate 64 drops in from the northeast and loops around the southeastern outskirts of the city. Most of Evansville is based on a grid system, so keep that in mind as you drive your U-Haul truck and trailer to your destination.
When to Make the Move
Knowing when to move to a new state, city or house is a critical element to moving. Typically, fall and spring are the best times to move due to weather. However, if you are moving to Evansville, make note of a few things that occur in the fall. During the first full week of October, the annual West Side Nut Club Fall Festival takes place. This festival is so large that it brings in nearly 150,000 people, which can create a road block if you are trying to move anywhere near the west side of downtown Evansville. Other high traffic events include the Evansville Freedom Festival in July and the Germania Maanerchor Volksfest in August. Consider making the move before these events occur, so you can take part in the festivities!
Know Your Neighborhood
While there are many neighborhoods in Evansville, there are six historic ones to consider. If you are moving for business, the Downtown area would suit you well. It is central to all of the businesses, shopping centers and culture. Culver Historic District is primarily all residential; if you are looking for a more family-friendly neighborhood, this could be the place for you. Evansville isn’t short on history and has many neighborhoods that rank in the National Register of Historic Places. For example, Bayard Park Neighborhood was Evansville’s first neighborhood and contains historic landmarks such as East Branch Library. Similar to Bayard Park, Jacobsville has some historic features such as Bosse Field, the fifth-oldest professional ballpark in the country. Riverside Historic District, also known as the Riverside Neighborhood, is another neighborhood with its history rooted in the Reitz Home Museum. The 6th neighborhood is Washington Avenue Historic District. This neighborhood has a lot of great history like the others; however, it hasn’t been preserved as well and is undergoing a lot of revitalization.
Education in Evansville
Evansville is home to many highly ranked schools. Some of the best elementary schools include Oak Hill Elementary and Scott Elementary. Some top ranked high schools include Reitz Memorial High School, Mater Dei High School and Evansville’s prized possession, Signature School. Signature School is consistently ranked as one of the top high schools in the nation. In addition to elementary and high schools, Evansville is also home to two well-known universities. The University of Evansville is a smaller, private university, and the University of Southern Indiana is a larger, fast-growing, public university. The city is also home to Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, a five star library that ranks in the top 1% of U.S. public libraries. Come visit the nationally ranked library and learn all about your new home.