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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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509,618 Population (EGR 4)
3.0 Unemployment Rate (EGR 4)
$24.0 billion Personal Income (EGR 4)
$23.57 Average Wage (Kokomo MSA)
$18.89 Median Wage (Kokomo MSA)
36,500 Nonfarm Employment (Kokomo MSA)
$24.89 Average Wage (Lafayette MSA)
$18.75 Median Wage (Lafayette MSA)
106,000 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
(2020-2030 long-term projections)

  1. Personal care and service occupations
  2. Healthcare support occupations
  3. Food preparation and serving related occupations
  4. Architecture and engineering occupations
  5. Community and social services occupations
  6. Computer and mathematical occupations
  7. Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations
  8. Life, physical, and social science occupations
  9. Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations
  10. Legal occupations

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

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Top 10 Industry Sectors
(Based on 2021 annual average employment)

  1. Manufacturing
  2. Retail Trade
  3. Health Care and Social Services
  4. Accommodation and Food Services
  5. Public Administration
  6. Construction
  7. Admin, Support, Waste Management
  8. Transportation & Warehousing
  9. Educational Services
  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 Kokomo Transmission Plant
  • Dana Fairfield Manufacturing
  • Caterpillar Inc
  • Tyson Fresh Meats
  • Frito-Lay Inc
  • LSC Communications
  • IU Health Arnett Hospital
  • Wabash National Corp

About the data

Note: The list of regional employers on this page was updated July 2022 to include local insights.

data axle This database contains listings of nearly 12 million U.S. employers. Employer information is provided by Data Axle®, Omaha, NE, (866)-DATAXLE. Copyright © 2022. All Rights Reserved.

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 2021 Percent of region County
Lafayette 70,835 13.9% Tippecanoe
Kokomo 59,691 11.7% Howard
West Lafayette 44,672 8.8% Tippecanoe
Logansport 18,310 3.6% Cass
Frankfort 16,651 3.3% Clinton
Crawfordsville 16,385 3.2% Montgomery
Peru 11,106 2.2% Miami
Monticello 5,536 1.1% White
Tipton 5,271 1.0% Tipton
Attica 3,100 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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Labor Force Projections

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