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Elkhart County, Indiana

Named for the Elkhart Tribe of Indians and formed in 1830

County Seat: Goshen

Largest City: Elkhart (2017 population: 52,558)

Population per Square Mile: 442.64

Square Miles: 463.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)197,56163.0%6,484,192
Today (2017)205,03263.1%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*212,03663.1%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today3.8%16 2.8%

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

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-83188 -976
Net International Migration19511 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)1,52446.8%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)15,52267.6%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)41,262620.1%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)18,26398.9%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)50,869624.8%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)49,632624.2%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)29,484714.4%15.4%
Median Age35.5  Median Age = 37.7

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone1,29850.6%0.4%
Asian Alone2,436131.2%2.4%
Black Alone12,63476.2%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone17260.1%0.1%
White183,538689.5%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups4,95462.4%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic172,211884.0%93.0%
Hispanic32,821316.0%7.0%

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 2017 (estimate)79,0047100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)77,9327100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
48,680662.5%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$125,30028  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
22,142928.4%27.8%
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
Public36,58863.5%1,048,879
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, 20163,13063.8%83,063
Births to Teens, 201527744.7%5,876
Deaths, 20151,67762.7%62,666

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force111,74063.4%3,320,409
Employed108,91563.4%3,203,351
Unemployed2,82592.4%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate2.59271.4%3.5
May 2018 Unemployment Rate2.49075.0%3.2

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
Farm1,7441.1%$40,9570.5%$23,485
Nonfarm154,14598.9%$8,735,78699.5%$56,673
Private144,81092.9%$8,241,82893.9%$56,915
  Accommodation, Food Serv.7,4674.8%$152,9811.7%$20,488
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,1730.8%$16,9620.2%$14,460
  Construction4,6723.0%$275,5843.1%$58,986
  Health Care, Social Serv.12,0847.8%$677,4437.7%$56,061
  Information6160.4%$29,1650.3%$47,346
  Manufacturing64,23541.2%$4,462,10650.8%$69,465
  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*
Government9,3356.0%$493,9585.6%$52,915

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, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed560100.0%100.0%$97,970$4,583,500
Single-Family36665.4%74.2%$81,260$4,038,599
2-Family20.4%2.0%130$62,844
3- and 4-Family40.7%0.4%$280$13,000
5+ Family18833.6%23.4%$16,300$469,056

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

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Bristol1,6830.8%
Elkhart52,55825.6%
Goshen33,22016.2%
Middlebury3,6051.8%
Millersburg9460.5%
Nappanee6,3623.1%*
Wakarusa1,8340.9%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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