Introduction to Elkhart, Indiana

Elkhart is situated along the St. Joseph and Elkhart Rivers. Visitors often explore the nearby Amish region. The city contains numerous major parks including the popular Island Park. The South Bend metropolitan region is close by. The city is known as the "RV capital of the world" which can be attributed to the numerous recreational vehicle manufactures that are located in Elkhart. The Robert Young Rail Yard is recognized as one of the biggest freight classification yards in the entire world.


The region was originally inhabited by the Ottawa, Potawatomi and Chippewa Indians. In 1827, Jesse Rush and Andrew Naffsinger created settlements along the St. Joseph River. Dr. Havilah Beardsley bought a piece of land from a Potawatomi Chief and in 1832 hired a surveyor to establish a town site. The original plan contained 51 lots. In 1884 the Miles Medical Company was established and its products included Alka-Seltzer and Flinstones Vitamins.


  • Elco Theater features theatrical productions, a variety of musicals and symphonies
  • Midwest Museum of Art
  • National New York Central Railroad Museum
  • Ruthmere House Museum showcases the history of Elkhart and a variety of art
  • Elco Performing Arts Center
  • Elkhart Historical Museum is a prominent museum
  • Woodlawn Nature Center
  • Elkhart Environmental Center provides hiking opportunities along the Elkhart River
  • The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Museum

Events and Activities

The Elkhart Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the prominent jazz events in the country. The city also hosts one of the biggest county fairs in the nation. Some of the noteworthy events in the city include the Island of Blues, Great Race, Head of the Elk Regatta and the Rhapsody in Green. The downtown area has been revitalized and features numerous shops, restaurants and nightlife. Residents and visitors can access Island Park by walking across a bridge. The island is filled with huge sycamores and oak trees. The American Countryside Farmer's Market is popular with residents and tourists.


The city is served by the South Bend Regional Airport.

Higher Education

The Ivy Tech Community College and the Indiana University South Bend have campuses in the city. The Indiana Institute of Technology and Bethel College in Mishawaka have small campuses in Elkhart.


Total Population 52,354
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 11.2%
Employed Population 16+ 21,374
Age of the Population 33


% of people married 39.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.3%
Median Earnings25+ $26,685
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,600
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,862


Median Family Income $40,450
% Above Poverty Level 73.3%
% Below Poverty Level 26.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $695
Median House Value $84,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.6%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 7.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Elkhart Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 87 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County Elkhart
Metro Area Elkhart - Goshen
Standard Zip Codes 46514, 46516, 46517
P.O. Box Zip Codes 46515
Phone Area Codes 574
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.681
Longitude -85.976

Elkhart Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GOSHEN 3 W
Distance 10.3 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 0 inches
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 30 F
Apr Temp 34 to 58 F
Jul Temp 59 to 83 F
Oct Temp 38 to 62 F
Annual Precip 37 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Elkhart, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Concord (46517)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Argos 1,944 $55,938
Bristol 1,809 $52,009
Goshen 32,946 $46,062
Mishawaka 48,121 $47,440
Osceola 2,711 $63,603
Wakarusa 2,024 $68,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Elkhart Public Libraries

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300 S 2ND ST
Elkhart, Indiana
(574) 522-3333
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Elkhart Hospitals

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(574) 294-2621
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.9

Serves 1,452 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.2

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

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