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Overview

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.

History

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.

Attractions

  • 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.

Transportation

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population52,378
Male Share of the Population48.5%
Female Share of the Population51.5%
Senior Citizens11.5%
Employed Population 16+21,350
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married38%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.2%
Median Earnings25+$26,574
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,446
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,969

Wealth

Median Family Income$41,314
% Above Poverty Level72.9%
% Below Poverty Level27.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.4%

Housing

People Living Alone30.7%
Median Gross Rent$701
Median House Value$85,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)43.5%
Irish7.5%
English4.1%
Polish2.8%
Italian2.2%
French Except Basque2.1%
Dutch1.7%
Scottish1.1%
Swiss0.8%
African0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Hungarian0.3%
German0.3%
Canadian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Liberian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Turkish0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Czech0.1%
Australian0.1%
Arab0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Greek0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Elkhart Almanac

CategoryValue
County Elkhart County
Standard Zip Codes46514, 46516, 46517
P.O. Box Zip Codes46515
Phone Area Codes574
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.72
Approximate Longitude-85.98

Elkhart Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationGOSHEN 3 W
Distance10.3 miles
Jan Temp17 to 32 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp43 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches
StationLAKEVILLE
Distance18.2 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip0 inches
StationTHREE RIVERS
Distance24.8 miles
Jan Temp13 to 30 F
Apr Temp34 to 58 F
Jul Temp59 to 83 F
Oct Temp38 to 62 F
Annual Precip37 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Argos1,914$55,398
Bristol1,651$52,569
Goshen33,385$49,468
Mishawaka48,234$48,449
Osceola2,468$64,261
Wakarusa2,030$70,625

Elkhart Public Libraries

Elkhart Public Library
300 SOUTH SECOND STREET
Elkhart, Indiana
(574) 522-3333

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Elkhart Hospitals

Elkhart General Hospital
(Non-profit)
600 East Blvd
(574) 294-2621

Elkhart Public Schools

Beardsley Elementary School
1027 Mcpherson St
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5575
Primary
Total Enrollment 437
Cleveland Elementary School
53403 Cr 1 N
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5580
Primary
Total Enrollment 670
Eastwood Elementary School
53215 Cr 15 N
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5583
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Elkhart Area Career Center
2424 California Rd
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5650
Other
Elkhart Memorial High School
2608 California Rd
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5600
High
Total Enrollment 1916
Mary Daly Elementary School
1735 Strong Ave
ZIP: 46514
(574) 295-4870
Primary
Total Enrollment 563
Mary Feeser Elementary School
26665 Cr 4 W
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5586
Primary
Total Enrollment 559
North Side Middle School
300 Lawrence St
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5570
Middle
Total Enrollment 680
Osolo Elementary School
24975 Cr 6 E
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5590
Primary
Total Enrollment 473
Pinewood Elementary School
3420 E Bristol St
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5595
Primary
Total Enrollment 739
West Side Middle School
101 S Nappanee St
ZIP: 46514
(574) 295-4815
Middle
Total Enrollment 584
Woodland Elementary School
1220 Cr 3
ZIP: 46514
(574) 262-5578
Primary
Total Enrollment 573
Concord East Side Elem School
57156 Cr 13 S
ZIP: 46516
(574) 875-8517
Primary
Total Enrollment 599
Concord Ox-bow Elementary Sch
23525 Cr 45
ZIP: 46516
(574) 875-8538
Primary
Total Enrollment 501
Elkhart Central High School
1 Blazer Blvd
ZIP: 46516
(574) 295-4700
High
Total Enrollment 1861
Mary Beck Elementary School
818 Mcdonald St
ZIP: 46516
(574) 295-4830
Primary
Total Enrollment 535
Riverview Elementary School
2509 Wood St
ZIP: 46516
(574) 295-4850
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Roosevelt Elementary School
201 W Wolf Ave
ZIP: 46516
(574) 295-4840
Primary
Total Enrollment 641
Concord Community High School
59117 Minuteman Way
ZIP: 46517
(574) 875-6524
High
Total Enrollment 1661
Concord Intermediate School
59197 Cr 13 S
ZIP: 46517
(574) 830-0300
Primary
Total Enrollment 777
Concord Junior High School
59397 Cr 11 S
ZIP: 46517
(574) 875-5122
Other
Total Enrollment 833
Concord South Side Elem School
23702 Arlene Ave
ZIP: 46517
(574) 875-6565
Primary
Total Enrollment 434
Concord West Side Elem School
230 W Mishawaka Rd
ZIP: 46517
(574) 293-2531
Primary
Total Enrollment 509
Hawthorne Elementary School
501 W Lusher Ave
ZIP: 46517
(574) 295-4820
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Jimtown Elementary School
58901 Cr 3 S
ZIP: 46517
(574) 522-0379
Primary
Total Enrollment 418
Jimtown High School
59021 Cr 3 S
ZIP: 46517
(574) 295-2343
High
Total Enrollment 556
Jimtown Intermediate School
58703 Cr 3 S
ZIP: 46517
(574) 294-2158
Primary
Total Enrollment 587
Jimtown Junior High School
58903 Cr 3 S
ZIP: 46517
(574) 294-6586
Middle
Total Enrollment 319
Monger Elementary School
1100 E Hively Ave
ZIP: 46517
(574) 295-4860
Primary
Total Enrollment 430
Pierre Moran Middle School
200 W Lusher Ave
ZIP: 46517
(574) 295-4805
Middle
Total Enrollment 513

Elkhart Private Schools

Elkhart Adventist Christian School
3601 E Bristol St
ZIP: 46514
Elementary
Total Enrollment 12
Montessori School Of Elkhart
1 Montessori Dr
ZIP: 46514
Elementary
Total Enrollment 30
St Thomas The Apostle Catholic School
1331 N Main St
ZIP: 46514
Elementary
Total Enrollment 371
Trinity Lutheran School
30888 County Road 6
ZIP: 46514
Elementary
Total Enrollment 220
Redeemer Community Christian School
24004 Old Us 20
ZIP: 46516
Elementary
Total Enrollment 25
St Vincent De Paul Elementary School
1114 S Main St
ZIP: 46516
Elementary
Total Enrollment 133
Elkhart Christian Academy
25943 County Road 22
ZIP: 46517
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 420
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