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Neighborhood  & Household

Child Welfare

Job Quality

Mental Wellness

Racial Unity

Neighborhood & Household Well-Being

In order to flourish, people need a safe, affordable place to live.

23.5 years


A person’s holistic well-being is significantly influenced by their environment.

Where you live can affect your physical health, cost of living, access to food, and quality of education, and each of those factors has its own ripple effect on your quality of life. Empowering people to improve the circumstances of their household and neighborhood is one of the best ways to contribute to the flourishing of individuals, families, and our city.

Key Takeaways

The people experiencing the greatest level of poverty in our community die 23 years earlier than the wealthiest people in our community, and the unavailability of affordable housing is a major barrier to improving your socioeconomic status.

Life Expectancy Gap Range between low-poverty and 
high-poverty neighborhoods

What's Affordable

Life Expectancy Across Neighborhoods

There seems to be a direct connection between socio-economic status and overall quality of life. About 1 in every 5 residents in Evansville live below the federal poverty line. But, in neighborhoods with poverty rates below 20%, the average  life expectancy is about 77. Neighborhoods with rates above 20%, the average life expectancy is 70.

Lowest Life Expectancy
in Evansville

62 years

Highest Life Expectancy
in Evansville

85.5 years

In Vanderburgh county, the ratio of the population to Primary Care Physicians is   1,170:1  
    Housing Stock Challenges                       


of owner-occupied housing stock was built prior to 1970

of owner-occupied housing stock was built prior to 1970



Evansville’s Point in Time Count has shown a 14% drop since 2014, but 427 people still experience homelessness on an average night.  

With 1 in every 4 people experiencing poverty, homelessness continues to be a challenge for our city. According to the individuals surveyed in 2018, a lack of affordable housing was the number one reason for their circumstance.

A minimum wage worker would have to work

98 Hours

per week to afford

a 2-bedroom unit

Mental illness

About 1 in every 4 (109) of those in the 2018 Point in Time Count reported having a serious mental illness.

Foster Care

25% of former foster care youth experienced homelessness at some point in the last 4 years. 


Housing Stability

& Poverty

While poverty exists across Evansville, households in poverty tend to be concentrated to particular neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods hold major influence over the socio-economic status of a household. They contain the systems, structures, opportunities, barriers, assets, challenges, and many of the conditions that effect financial well-being. 


Percentage of Households in Poverty
Across Census Tracts
Percentage of Households in Poverty by C

72% of adults in poverty &

78% of kids in poverty

are concentrated in

40% of the city.

"Evansville’s rate of foreclosure is 40% higher than the national average, and many of the homes that fell into foreclosure were the lower priced homes in the urban core, owned by lower income persons who...were forced to abandon their properties." 
Department of Urban Development


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