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Overview

Introduction to Goshen, Indiana

Goshen, Indiana, in Elkhart county, is 10 miles SE of Elkhart, Indiana and 95 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. The city is in the Elkhart - Goshen area.

Goshen History

Goshen was first discovered by Sieur de La Salle sometime in 1680. After Sieur de La Salle made peace with the local Miami Indians, Goshen began to be settled in by the French. It was officially named Goshen in 1831, and at the same time it was declared a county seat for Elkhart County. One of the most famous and respected directors of Hollywood, Howard Hawks, was born in Goshen.

Goshen and nearby Attractions

  • National New York Central Railroad Museum
  • Black Squirrel Golf Club
  • Maplecrest Country Club
  • Goshen Dam Pond
  • Shanklin Park
  • Abshire Park

Things To Do In Goshen

There are four parks in Goshen with greenways and trails that wind through the city. The Elkhart County Fairgrounds is the venue of the Elkhart County Fair, which is held in late July every year. It is the biggest county fair in Indiana and is reported to have the second largest attendance in the country. Another interesting local event is the Goshen Air Show, which is held annually at the Goshen Municipal Airport.

Goshen Transportation

Air transportation is available at South Bend Regional Airport.

Goshen Higher Education

Goshen College is the local institution. Others nearby include the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University-South Bend.

People

Total Population 32,946
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 15%
Employed Population 16+ 13,893
Age of the Population 34

Families

% of people married 45.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.1%
Median Earnings25+ $27,623
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,027
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,406

Wealth

Median Family Income $46,062
% Above Poverty Level 77.4%
% Below Poverty Level 22.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $719
Median House Value $111,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 41.5%
US/American 0%
English 4.6%
Irish 7.4%

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

Goshen Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles SE of Elkhart, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 95 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County Elkhart
Metro Area Elkhart - Goshen
Standard Zip Codes 46526, 46528
P.O. Box Zip Codes 46527
Phone Area Codes 574
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.582
Longitude -85.834

Goshen Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station GOSHEN 3 W
Distance 3.4 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
Station LAGRANGE SEWAGE PLANT
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 29 F
Apr Temp 36 to 57 F
Jul Temp 61 to 82 F
Oct Temp 40 to 61 F
Annual Precip 36.7 inches
Station LAKEVILLE
Distance 22.6 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Foraker (46526)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bristol 1,809 $52,009
Elkhart 52,354 $40,450
Middlebury 3,494 $72,719
Millersburg 1,016 $47,000
Syracuse 2,864 $52,235
Wakarusa 2,024 $68,500

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

Goshen Public Libraries

Library
Goshen Pl
601 S 5TH ST
Goshen, Indiana
(574) 533-9531
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Goshen Hospitals

GOSHEN GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
200 HIGH PARK AVENUE
(574) 533-2141
Emergency Service: Yes

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Goshen High Schools

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GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL
1 REDSKIN RD
574-533-8651
Serves 1,632 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

FAIRFIELD JR-SR HIGH SCHOOL
67530 US 33
574-831-2184
Serves 891 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.4

OAKLAWN HOSPITAL SCHOOL
330 LAKEVIEW DR
574-533-1234
A Special Education School
Serves 31 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

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