With a median employee age of 35 and 35% of the population between the ages of 18 and 44, the working population of Elkhart County, Indiana, is embarking on the prolific years of their careers. Elkhart County also boasts a workforce with 81% holding a high school diploma or higher.
Elkhart County remains an economic magnet for the region. Significant growth in population is occurring through both natural increase and international migration. Businesses in the area gain access to a workforce of over half a million individuals within a 35 minute commute.
Elkhart County has some distinct labor force and economic advantages. These include, for instance, the following components:
- INDIANA’S PER CAPITA PATENT POWERHOUSE—In 2007, a scholarly report, “Elkhart County’s Innovation Landscape Study: Finding Our Place in the New Global Economy,” found Elkhart County businesses and organizations produced more patents per capita than any other of Indiana’s 92 counties. Researchers located in Elkhart County produced 2,008 patents since 1976, accounting for 8.6 percent of the 23,104 patents issued to firms and researchers throughout Indiana.
- STRONG POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT—In addition, during 2016 within the overall Elkhart County population, 18 percent of adults age 25 and older had earned a bachelor’s degree or a higher post-secondary degree, ranking Elkhart County in the 24th position among Indiana’s 92 counties. In fact, Elkhart County has one of the largest proportions of percent of people with a Bachelors Degree in Indiana and is ranked # 3 in this category in Northern Indiana.
Average Employment by Sector
|Services (SIC 70-89)||34%|
|Manufacturing (SIC 20-39)||35.8%|
|Retail Trade (SIC 52-59)||10.4%|
|Wholesale Trade (SIC 50-51)||2.8%|
|Construction (SIC 15-17)||4.4%|
|Public Administration (SIC 90-98)||1.8%|
Source: IEDC website
Work Force Data
|Local Labor Force||104,616|
|Labor Force within 35 mi. radius||396,596|
Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development, 2015
Elkhart County Educational Data
The following data represents the percentage of 25+ age adults who have received a High School Diploma or More in Blue, and the percentage of adults who have received a Bachelor’s Degree or More in Green.
Elkhart= 80.8% 18.1% Marshall= 85.5% 18.3%
Kosciusko= 85.4% 20.7% Noble= 84.3% 14.3%
LaGrange= 63.0% 9.8% St. Joseph= 88% 27.9%