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.

Ekhart Area Employment

(numbers in thousands)

Manufacturing 65,900
Durable Goods 54,500
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 34,900
Motor Vehicle Body & Trailer Manufacturing 29,700
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 19,900
Educational & Health Services 12,600
Professional & Business Services 9,800
Retail Trade 10,000
Government 8,900
Leisure & Hospitality 7,400
Wholesale Trade 7,000
Local Government Educational Services 6,100

Source: Indiana Workforce Development 2020

Work Force Data

Local Labor Force 116,133
Labor Force within 25 mi. radius 616,278
Average Wage $57,853
Right-to-Work State

Source: Indiana Department of Workforce Development, 2020

Elkhart County Educational Data

The following data represents the percentage of 25+ age adults who have received a High School Diploma or more and the percentage of adults who have received an Associate’s Degree or more.

County                     High School Diploma                        Associate’s Degree

Elkhart                            81%                                                   27%                                          

Kosciusko                       85%                                                   22% 

LaGrange                       93%                                                    10%    

Marshall                         85%                                                    20%                                     

Noble                              85%                                                    14%

St. Joseph                       88%                                                    28%                                    

Source:  STATSindiana 2020