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Old 01-04-2017, 01:31 AM
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We currently live in Iowa. My wife is a surgeon and might looking at an opportunity to go into practice in Evansville, Indiana. Is it a good place to raise a family?
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Old 01-08-2017, 04:52 PM
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Yes. I would look at Newburgh and the east side. Newburgh is where the well off people live.
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Old 01-13-2017, 02:45 AM
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Thank you both! I will share these posts with my wife.
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Old 01-15-2017, 08:05 PM
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IMO the Evansville/Newburgh area is an excellent place to raise a family. I was raised in Evansville and then spent 40 years in Southern California and Portland, OR., (Navy/Govt service) so I have been around a bit. After retiring I moved back to Newburgh and built a new home. I am so happy to be back living in this area. The cost of living is so low, I couldn't believe how much my living costs went down. The amount of house you get for your money is incredible, but then I was coming from one of the highest housing areas in the nation. Indiana was recently ranked as the state having the 2nd lowest cost of living in the U.S., only Mississippi was lower.

Evansville has a small town feel but is large enough to have everything one needs, except a Costco (darn). We do have a large Sam's club though. Being situated in the center of the country we get four evenly balanced seasons. The snow belt seems to end at Indianapolis so we don't get much snow. Spring, summer and fall are all just totally beautiful and are such a relief from the brown, ugly, dry desert of California.

Although we are on the banks of the Ohio River, there is really nothing special about the area, no mountains, no sea shore, etc., however, it is just a simple, slow-paced, semi-rural type of lifestyle that I find very relaxing and soothing to the soul. Picture Tom Sawyer walking down a dirt road with a fishing pole over his shoulder LOL.

Newburgh, as mentioned, has a reputation as a wealthy area but I really don't see it as that although there are some nice homes there, especially along the river front. Newburgh (the town) is the epitome of the description of a sleepy little village on the banks of the Ohio River. The city proper (Evansville) is ringed on the West, North and East by semi-rural housing areas having many beautiful homes and properties.

Evansville has a large medical presence, having three hospitals, one of which is undergoing an extensive expansion, a new cardiac center has been announced across from Deaconess Gateway hospital and construction has just started on a new medical school in downtown Evansville.

The people of the area are primarily of German descent, are very friendly and very conservative. I have heard others say that this is a very religious area, but I personally do not get a feeling like that. I don't attend church and religion has never been an issue for me, my family or anyone I know.

There is a noticeable cultural divide between Southern Indiana and the rest of the state that begins to the south of Indianapolis. IMO Southern Indiana feels like a part of the south. When I go to Nashville, it feels like home. When I go to Indianapolis, it does not feel like home and the people seem different in a way I cannot quite put my finger on other than they have strange accents. I am always in a hurry to leave, maybe it is just me.

The K-12 school systems are good and we have two major universities, The University of Evansville (which my son currently attends) is a private school and the University of Southern Indiana which is my alma mater.

You mentioned your wife is a surgeon, you will be able to live very well here.

IMO the Evansville/Newburgh area is a hidden gem that hasn't been "discovered" yet and to be honest, I hope it doesn't get discovered because that might change things.

Hope this helps you a little, Rick
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Old 01-17-2017, 04:45 AM
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I would say definitely yes. I relocated here from Illinois and I hope I never leave.
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Old 01-22-2017, 02:19 AM
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Sorry to the most recent 2 posts I am just now reading this. Thank you very much for the awesome input!
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Old 02-02-2017, 02:37 PM
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Evansville is a really great place to raise family. There are some really good hospitals here too. You should stay away from the south side. West and east are probably the best. North is also okay. Evansville is filled with shopping centers and a bunch of things to do. I hope you like Evansville if you move here!
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