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Elkhart County, Indiana

Named for the Elkhart Tribe of Indians and formed in 1830

County Seat: Goshen

Largest City: Elkhart (2016 population: 52,221)

Population per Square Mile: 439.94

Square Miles: 463.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)197,56163.0%6,484,136
Today (2016)203,78163.1%6,634,007
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*212,03663.1%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today3.1%18 2.3%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2015-2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-98790 -10,480
Net International Migration10017 11,461
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,50646.7%22,480

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2016NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)15,43367.6%6.4%
School Age (5 to 17)41,361620.3%17.4%
College Age (18 to 24)18,136108.9%10.0%
Young Adult (25 to 44)50,669624.9%25.2%
Older Adult (45 to 64)49,740624.4%26.1%
Seniors (65 and older)28,442714.0%14.9%
Median Age35.4  Median Age = 37.6

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2016NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone1,19350.6%0.4%
Asian Alone2,374131.2%2.2%
Black Alone12,60376.2%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone15070.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups4,88562.4%2.0%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)70,8227100.0%100.0%
Married With Children15,851622.4%19.0%
Married Without Children21,752630.7%30.0%
Single Parents8,296611.7%9.7%
Living Alone16,430923.2%28.2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2016 (estimate)78,1797100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)77,9327100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2016)$125,30028  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2016)$61015  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 37,12863.3%1,110,866
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)127,17662.9%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher80.5%90 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree18.3%33 24.6%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2016$41,7122596.8%43,097
Median Household Income in 201654,58228104.4%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 201613.2%4094.3%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1816.7%5487.4%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201717272.5%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 201716,19972.5%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/201718,72153.8%495,330

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Family Social Services Administration; Indiana Department of Education

Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank of Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 20153,18863.8%84,008
Births to Teens, 201527744.7%5,876
Deaths, 20151,67762.7%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2016NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force107,99963.2%3,326,893
Annual Unemployment Rate3.58679.5%4.4
December 2017 Unemployment Rate2.19167.7%3.1

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work155,889100.0%$8,776,743100.0%$56,301
Wage and Salary133,90285.9%$6,361,82772.5%$47,511
Farm Proprietors1,5111.0%$34,0370.4%$22,526
Nonfarm Proprietors20,47613.1%$826,9829.4%$40,388
  Accommodation, Food Serv.7,4674.8%$152,9811.7%$20,488
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,1730.8%$16,9620.2%$14,460
  Health Care, Social Serv.12,0847.8%$677,4437.7%$56,061
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3,7302.4%$178,0522.0%$47,735
  Retail Trade12,2987.9%$348,3094.0%$28,322
  Trans., Warehousing4,9423.2%$289,8193.3%$58,644
  Wholesale Trade7,2304.6%$587,0946.7%$81,202
  Other Private (not above)25,851*16.6%*$1,199,896*13.7%*$46,416*

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
* These totals do not include county data that are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.

Residential Building Permits, 2016UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed354100.0%100.0%$74,728$3,875,847
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.9%$0$21,320
5+ Family00.0%20.9%$0$372,642

Notes: Detail cost may not sum to total due to rounding. Greene County does not currently issue building permits, so it is excluded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Cities and Towns in Elkhart County

in 2016
Percent of County
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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