Wakarusa, Indiana

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Wakarusa, Indiana

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High Points

Wakarusa strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Indiana):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Wakarusa Short Commute Times
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Wakarusa Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Wakarusa People in Middle Class or Better
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 13% Wakarusa Walking and Biking to Work
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 18% Wakarusa Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Wakarusa, Indiana

Comparing Wakarusa to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Indiana (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 9 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Senior Citizens 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 7 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 4
Racial Diversity 5 7
Age of the Population 5 7
Male Share of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 8
Average Household Size 6 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 8 8
College Educated Adults 5 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 9 10
Walking and Biking to Work 9 10
Working at Home 5 7
Public Transportation Use 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 3
People Living Alone 5 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 4
Affordability of Rents 4 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 3 4
Housing Recently Built 3 3

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Wakarusa Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles S of Elkhart, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County Elkhart
Metro Area Elkhart - Goshen
Standard Zip Codes 46573
Phone Area Codes 574
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.536
Longitude -86.02

Wakarusa 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 7.2 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 12.7 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
Station WARSAW
Distance 22.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 82 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.6 inches
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Wakarusa Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,618 100%
Male 742 45.9%
Female 876 54.1%
Under 18 421 26%
18+ 1,197 74%
65+ 321 19.8%
Median Age 37.2
Average Family Size 3.04
White 1,575 97.3%
African-American 8 0.5%
Asian 3 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 10 0.6%
Mixed Race 21 1.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 24 1.5%

Estimated Wakarusa Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,666
Growth 48
Growth % 3%

Wakarusa Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 37.9%
US/American 25.9%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.3%
Swiss 6.4%
Irish 5.6%
English 3.3%
Dutch 2.6%
Italian 2.5%
Danish 1.2%
Belgian 1%
Polish 1%
Swedish 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Scottish 0.7%
French (except Basque) 0.6%
European 0.4%
Australian 0.4%
Finnish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
Scotch-Irish 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Czech 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Wakarusa 1,618 $50,833
Bremen 4,486 $47,768
Elkhart 51,874 $40,514
Goshen 29,383 $46,877
Mishawaka 46,557 $41,947
Nappanee 6,710 $53,329
Osceola 1,859 $45,707

Wakarusa Public Libraries

Wakarusa-olive & Harrison Twp Pl
Wakarusa, Indiana
(574) 862-2465

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