Southern Indiana, in the United States, is notable because it is culturally distinct from the rest of the state. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The area's geography has led to a blend of Northern and Southern culture that is not found in the rest of Indiana. The Northern United States is a large geographic region of the United States of America. The Southern United States &mdashcommonly referred to as the American South, Dixie, or simply the South &mdashconstitutes a large distinctive The State of Indiana ( was the 19th US state admitted into the union
Culturally, there are many distinctive characteristics. Southern Indiana speech patterns gravitate toward a Southern drawl, though the accent is considerably less pronounced than in points further south in the Upland South or in the Deep South. The terms Upper South and Upland South refer to the northern part of the Southern United States, in contrast to the Lower South or Deep South. The Deep South is a descriptive category of cultural and geographic subregions in the American South. The Roman Catholic Church has a significant presence in the region. Noteworthy Catholic institutions in Southern Indiana include St. Meinrad Archabbey, one of two Catholic archabbies/seminaries in the United States and Mount St. Francis, a large retreat center in Floyd County. Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Spencer County Indiana, USA, was founded by monks from Einsiedeln Abbey ( Mount St Francis is an Unincorporated area in southwestern Lafayette Township of Floyd County in the hills of the southern part of the Floyd County is a County located in the US state of Indiana. As of 2000 the population was 70823
Southern Indiana's topography is considerably more varied and complex than central and northern Indiana, including large tracts of forest (e. g. , Hoosier National Forest), rolling fields, and a chain of low mountains/high hills (800-1,000 ft. The Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, is a property managed by the United States Forest Service. ) called the Knobstone Escarpment, or simply "Knobs. The Knobstone Escarpment is a rugged geologic region in Southern Indiana. " The region also includes the oldest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world at the Falls of the Ohio state park in Clarksville. The Devonian is a geologic period and system of the Paleozoic era spanning from to  million years ago. The Falls of the Ohio National Wildlife Conservation Area is a national bi-state area on the Ohio River near Louisville Kentucky in the United States, Clarksville is a town in Clark County, Indiana, along the Ohio River as apart of the Louisville Metropolitan area.
Southern Indiana was the first area of the state to be settled, and the first state capital was located in Corydon in Harrison County near the Ohio River. Corydon is a town in Harrison Township, Harrison County, Indiana, United States and a former capital of the State of Indiana Harrison County is a County located in the south-central part of the U The Ohio River is the largest Tributary by volume of the Mississippi River. In particular, the south-central portion of the region is part of the greater Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan area, and many people living in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison counties work, attend school, and shop in Louisville. Table of United States Metropolitan Statistical Areas|Table of United States Core Based Statistical AreasIn the United States, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB has produced
The definition of Southern Indiana is usually at least composed of three county "tiers": The first tier would be the southernmost, all of which border the Ohio River. North of it is the second tier, and north of that is the third tier. The first three tiers are geographically within the Golden Circle as proposed in the 1850s (see Golden Circle (Slavery)}. The Golden Circle was a pan-Caribbean political alliance inspired by the Burr conspiracy, in the 1850s that would have included many countries into a United States-like federal
Counties included in the Southern Indiana region by "tier" going west to east are below.
The region's largest city is Evansville, in the southwest corner of the state. Evansville (ˈɛvənzˌvɪl is the third-largest city in the U As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 121,582, and a metropolitan population of 342,815.