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Elkhart County, Indiana

Named for the Elkhart Tribe of Indians and formed in 1830

County Seat: Goshen

Largest City: Elkhart (2022 population: 53,801)

Population per Square Mile: 446.65

Square Miles: 463.20

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2020)207,04763.2%6,484,050
Today (2022)206,89063.0%6,833,037
Tomorrow (2030 projection)*223,39263.2%7,014,880
Percent Change 2020 to Today-0.1%19 0.7%

*Projection based on 2015 Census population estimates.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2021-2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-1,32091 5,230
Net International Migration3679 15,490
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)818479.9%1,024

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2022NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)14,74167.1%5.9%
School Age (5 to 17)40,971619.8%17.0%
College Age (18 to 24)19,54599.4%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)51,064624.7%25.7%
Older Adult (45 to 64)47,969623.2%24.5%
Seniors (65 and older)32,600715.8%16.9%
Median Age35.8  Median Age = 38.2

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2022NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone1,42450.7%0.4%
Asian Alone2,702121.3%2.8%
Black Alone12,42396.0%10.3%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone19270.1%0.1%
Two or More Race Groups5,40972.6%2.4%
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 2021 (Includes detail not shown below)71,3438100.0%100.0%
Married With Children14,651720.5%18.2%
Married Without Children22,725631.9%29.8%
Single Parents7,428710.4%9.2%
Living Alone18,112925.4%29.1%

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 2022 (estimate)80,5327100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2021 (includes vacant units)79,4117100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Value (2021)$159,00028  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
Median Rent (2021)$70816  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2022/2023 Total Reported) 36,76763.3%1,124,094
Adults (25+ in 2021 ACS)130,71862.9%4,501,214
with High School diploma or higher81.9%89 89.8%
with B.A. or higher degree20%34 27.8%

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 2022$58,57014100.4%58,323
Median Household Income in 202162,2333899.2%$62,723
Poverty Rate in 202111.3%4593.4%12.1%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1815.4%4898.1%15.7%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20228482.1%3,933
Food Stamp Recipients in 202213,775102.3%611,203
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2022/202319,01853.7%511,735

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, 20212,92663.7%79,946
Births to Teens, 202117444.5%3,845
Deaths, 20191,75372.7%66,005

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2022NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force118,71163.5%3,404,443
Annual Unemployment Rate2.56783.3%3.0
October 2023 Unemployment Rate3.517106.1%3.3

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2022 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work173,324100.0%$13,030,041100.0%$75,177
Wage and Salary148,94685.9%$9,799,27875.2%$65,791
Farm Proprietors1,3960.8%$193,0751.5%$138,306
Nonfarm Proprietors22,98213.3%$1,056,9008.1%$45,988
  Accommodation, Food Serv.7,2514.2%$189,6681.5%$26,157
  Arts, Ent., Recreation1,0770.6%$17,5280.1%$16,275
  Health Care, Social Serv.11,7526.8%$845,0856.5%$71,910
  Professional, Tech. Serv.3,7772.2%$209,5651.6%$55,485
  Retail Trade12,4377.2%$477,9093.7%$38,426
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade8,5404.9%$835,6416.4%$97,850
  Other Private (not above)27,494*15.9%*$2,032,281*15.6%*$73,917*

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, 2022UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed387100.0%100.0%$115,622$6,635,992
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.5%$0$14,702
5+ Family6015.5%32.6%$8,000$1,031,387

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 2022
Percent of County
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau annual population estimates

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