The Ohio River is the defining natural feature of Southern Indiana. Its “falls” – really an extended area of gentle rapids – originally made this area a stopping point for westward-bound traders and settlers.
Southern Indiana is notable because it is culturally and geographically more similar to the South than it is to the rest of the state of Indiana. It is also the first-settled area of the state. In particular, Southern Indiana is part of the greater Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area (total population of 1.2 million). The bridges that connect Indiana and Kentucky’s interstate system provide connectivity for the metropolitan’s residents. Many people living in the area work, attend
school and enjoy activities on both sides of the Ohio River. In fact, many newcomers are drawn to Southern Indiana’s affordable housing, land and easy access to Louisville’s amenities.
Residents can enjoy the historic riverfront and shopping on both sides of the river, as Southern Indiana is a major regional shopping area for the surrounding bi-state area and with every month more new retail, entertainment and service businesses come into our market.
During an average year Southern Indiana enjoys the diverse climate of four seasons.