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A+ Elkhart Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Elkhart Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Indiana
Elkhart
8713% less expensive than the US average
Indiana
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Elkhart cost of living
F Elkhart Crime Total crime is 62% higher than Indiana
Total crime
4,55665% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2265% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-18%Year over year crime is down
Elkhart crime
F Elkhart Employment Household income is 30% lower than Indiana
Median household income
$35,55536% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$17,23142% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%31% higher than the US average
Elkhart employment
D- Elkhart Housing Home value is 32% lower than Indiana
Median home value
$85,50054% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$70126% lower than the US average
Home ownership
47%26% lower than the US average
Elkhart real estate or Elkhart rentals
C Elkhart Schools HS graduation rate is 20% lower than Indiana
High school grad. rates
67%20% lower than the US average
School test scores
58%17% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:111% higher than the US average
Elkhart K-12 schools or Elkhart colleges

Living in Elkhart, IN

Elkhart is a medium-sized city located in the state of Indiana. The city has a population of 52,378 people. The majority of Elkhart residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Elkhart tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 33 is far below the national average.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Elkhart, Indiana. The best areas in Elkhart and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Indiana and national averages.

The livability score in Elkhart is 63/100 and the city is ranked in the 30th percentile of all cities across America. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Elkhart has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (B). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Elkhart. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: crime (F), weather (D), employment (F) and housing (D-).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Elkhart, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Ruthmere Mansion, RV/MH Hall of Fame, and The Lerner Theater.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Elkhart is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Elkhart come in at $85,500, which is 32.4% lower than the Indiana average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Elkhart, the home price to income ratio is 2.4, which is 4% lower than the Indiana average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Elkhart were 8.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 3.8%.

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Compare Elkhart, IN Livability To Other Cities

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Community7/10
Nightlife7/10
Dining7/10
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I am proud to say that I was able to enjoy my early adulthood living in Elkhart, IN. I lived in Elkhart, IN for about 13 years before relocating for a job. Elkhart was a place I called home and enjoyed many wonderful memories from those times.

Elkhart is a fairly nice sized city located about 15 miles away from South Bend. Its racial makeup is diverse, along with socioeconomic statuses. Even though on paper the median income is said to be around $43,000 for a family, you would never guess by witnessing how carefree and content the families seemed. I never once felt as if I did not fit in, which made my living there extremely pleasant.

It seems as if there is something always going on in Elkhart. In fact, every year in July a 3 day jazz festival is held on the Elkhart River. This is one of the biggest jazz festivals in the country. Even though I was not a fan per say of jazz music the festival ended up being a good time for my friends and me! Besides this annual festival, Elkhart also has several museums and recreational areas. My favorite past time activity was golf, and I was a member at Bent Oak Golf Club. There are many public golf courses as well if one does not want to become a member.

Dining, shopping, and nightlife are found throughout the city. Everything was fairly close and anything one is looking for can be found without having to leave city limits. If one does want to venture out of the city though for even better shopping and dining, Chicago is conveniently only 110 miles away. If would take me under 2 hours to get there.

Elkhart is great city in which I miss very much. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking into moving there. There is always something to do and somewhere to go when you are in Elkhart, Indiana.
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