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EGR 4 map

EGR 4 consists of Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Miami, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren and White counties.

Economic Growth Region 4 Analysis

EGR 4 is a 12-county area that includes the Lafayette and Kokomo metropolitan statistical areas.

EGR 4 is a center of automotive and heavy vehicle equipment manufacturing, which is the region’s premier high growth, high wage industry. The region is highly specialized in this industry, with a concentration of workers nine times greater than the U.S. as a whole.

The Region 4 Workforce Board coordinates and provides technical support to economic development efforts in the region. It is an innovative and collaborative problem solver that promotes and supports skills development and lifelong learning to improve the quality of life of the citizenry.

Several natural landmarks showcase the region’s beauty, including Williamsport Falls, Adams Mill, Pipe Creek Falls and Fall Creek Gorge Preserve. The region is home to several education institutions, including Purdue University’s flagship campus in West Lafayette, Indiana University–Kokomo, Wabash College and Ivy Tech. Its major employers include Purdue, Subaru Automotive, Stellantis Kokomo Transmission, Tyson Fresh Meats and Frito-Lay.

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511,670 Population (EGR 4)
3.5 Unemployment Rate (EGR 4)
$24.4 billion Personal Income (EGR 4)
$25.81 Average Wage (Kokomo MSA)
$21.63 Median Wage (Kokomo MSA)
37,000 Nonfarm Employment (Kokomo MSA)
$26.73 Average Wage (Lafayette MSA)
$21.70 Median Wage (Lafayette MSA)
112,100 Nonfarm Employment (Lafayette MSA)
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Major Grants Received

  • Ready To Work Grant – U.S. Department of Labor
    (USDOL) – $7.6M
  • America’s Promise Grant
    – USDOL – $6M
  • Rural Healthcare Grant
    – USDOL – $2.5M

Top 10 Occupation Groups by Growth
(2021-2031 long-term projections)

  1. Computer and mathematical occupations
  2. Healthcare support occupations
  3. Architecture and engineering occupations
  4. Personal care and service occupations
  5. Legal occupations
  6. Life, physical, and social science occupations
  7. Community and social services occupations
  8. Food preparation and serving related occupations
  9. Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations
  10. Business and financial operations occupations

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Indiana Department of Workforce Development

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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2023 annual average employment)

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Educational Services
  3. Health Care and Social Services
  4. Retail Trade
  5. Accommodation and Food Services
  6. Construction
  7. Public Administration
  8. Admin, Support, Waste Management
  9. Transportation & Warehousing
  10. Other Services (Except Public Administration)

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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Major Employers (Based on number of employees)

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EGR 4

  • Purdue University
  • Subaru Indiana Automotive Inc
  • Stellantis Indiana Transmission
  • Dana Fairfield Manufacturing
  • Caterpillar Inc
  • Tyson Fresh Meats
  • LSC Communications
  • IU Health Arnett Hospital
  • Wabash National Corp
  • Franciscan Health Lafayette

About the data

Note: The list of regional employers on this page was updated October 2023 to include local insights.

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Major Educational Institutions

Name
Type
City
Indiana University Kokomo Four-year Kokomo
Purdue University - West Lafayette Four-year West Lafayette
Ivy Tech - Kokomo Two-year Kokomo
Ivy Tech - Lafayette Two-year Lafayette
Saint Elizabeth School of Nursing Independent Lafayette
Saint Joseph's College Independent Rensselaer
Wabash College Independent Crawfordsville

Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education


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Largest Cities and Towns in Economic Growth Region 4

Name Population in 2022 Percent of region County
Lafayette 71,402 14.0% Tippecanoe
Kokomo 59,671 11.7% Howard
West Lafayette 45,060 8.8% Tippecanoe
Logansport 18,194 3.6% Cass
Crawfordsville 16,479 3.2% Montgomery
Frankfort 16,474 3.2% Clinton
Peru 10,828 2.1% Miami
Monticello 5,483 1.1% White
Tipton 5,279 1.0% Tipton
Attica 3,205 0.6% Fountain

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates

Tippecanoe County Courthouse
The Tippecanoe County Courthouse is located on the public square in the city of Lafayette.

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EGR 4 IN Depth Regional Profile

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Labor Force Projections

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Commuting

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