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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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Elkhart is a town in Indiana with a population of 52,662. Elkhart is in Elkhart County. Living in Elkhart offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Elkhart there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Elkhart and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Elkhart are above average.
About Elkhart...
Population
52,662

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$87,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$722
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
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Elkhart Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,006.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    13.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    58.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    106.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    683.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,337.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    527.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    38%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    24%
    13%

Working in Elkhart

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$37,121
National
$55,322
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It is tough to adequately explain the myriad of difficulties facing Elkhart, Indiana residents. While it is true that not everyone here faces academic hardship, the town itself seems reside beneath a cloud of depressive fog. Many folks here work in the RV manufacturing industry. As you can imagine, a town that relies heavily on a luxury commodity gets dealt an especially crushing hit whenever the economy takes a downturn. In addition, our school systems have seen a steady decline over the past few decades, with many of our schools receiving heavy budget cuts and many more students not making it to high school graduation. There is also quite a lot of drug abuse here, with meth and synthetic marijuana seeming to be among the highest rates of use. The city isn't all terrible, but it pains me to see this place fall as far as it has.
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Elkhart is a blue-collar city that is slowly on the upswing into a hotbed of new technology and change. For being as small as it is, it is very diverse while still being a huge part of Indiana's economy through the RV industry. Because of the concentration of manufacturing and other industrial sectors, Elkhart is a very important economical indicator for the rest of the country. The community is very strong, recovering amazingly from being destroyed by the 2008 Recession.
Elkhart is a very blue collar town located outside of the "currently booming" City of South Bend. It is a short drive to the area, but Elkhart itself is currently making a lot of progress in many areas of the community that has potential to make it just as great. There are plenty of jobs in manufacturing because of the 30+ RV companies located here, but money can vary depending on current economics in the US. The downtown area is becoming a lot more gentrified, bringing a lot of value and entertainment to the area. All and all, ok place to be. But you have to be in the right area of the town to avoid crime and drugs. Although, there are many "trashy" people all over the town. I am moving before my child is of age for Middle School.