EGR 2 consists of Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph counties.
Economic Growth Region 2 Analysis
The St. Joseph River is a prominent feature of this north-central region of Indiana.
It was here that the explorer LaSalle, with Native Americans to guide him, portaged from the meandering Kankakee to the St. Joseph. Miami and Potawatomi peoples, among them Chief Menominee, called this region home long before white settlers forced them out. Today, thriving Amish and Mennonite farms dot the landscape, and the Amish Country towns of Shipshewana and Nappanee draw shoppers for handmade goods and food.
Legendary coach Knute Rockne, “the Four Horsemen,” and the “Gipper” of the University of Notre Dame are synonymous with college football. Warsaw is known as “the orthopedics capital of the world,” while Elkhart’s recreational vehicle industry is regarded as a bellwether of the U.S. economy.
Manufacturing and health care and social assistance are the region’s major industries, and assemblers and laborers are the largest occupational groups. The region’s educational institutions include the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University–South Bend, Holy Cross College, Saint Mary’s College, Goshen College, Ivy Tech and Bethel University.
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Top 10 Occupation Groups by Growth
(2020-2030 long-term projections)
- Healthcare support occupations
- Personal care and service occupations
- Food preparation and serving related occupations
- Architecture and engineering occupations
- Community and social services occupations
- Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations
- Computer and mathematical occupations
- Life, physical, and social science occupations
- Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations
- Education, training, and library occupations
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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2021 annual average employment)
- Health Care and Social Services
- Retail Trade
- Accommodation and Food Services
- Educational Services
- Wholesale Trade
- Admin, Support, Waste Management
- Public Administration
- Other Services (Except Public Administration)
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Major Employers (Based on number of employees)
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- Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc
- University of Notre Dame
- Norfolk Southern
- Memorial Hospital–South Bend
- Keystone RV Co.
- University of Notre Dame Harper Cancer Research Institute
- Elkhart General Hospital
- St. Joseph County
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Note: The list of regional employers on this page was updated July 2022 to include local insights.
Major Educational Institutions
|Indiana University South Bend||Four-year||South Bend|
|Ivy Tech||Two-year||South Bend|
|Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary||Independent||Elkhart|
|Grace College & Theological Seminary||Independent||Winona Lake|
|Holy Cross College||Independent||Notre Dame|
|Saint Mary's College||Independent||Notre Dame|
|University of Notre Dame||Independent||Notre Dame|
Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education
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Largest Cities and Towns in Economic Growth Region 2
|Name||Population in 2021||Percent of region||County|
|South Bend||103,353||16.5%||St. Joseph|
Source: U.S. Census Bureau annnual population estimates
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