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Elkhart, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Elkhart is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Polk County at latitude 41.7923 and longitude -93.5242. Polk County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 974 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Elkhart, but most people and references simply refer to it as Elkhart, Iowa.

The P1 Census Class Code for Elkhart indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Elkhart (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

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Elkhart, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 721
Population in Households 721
Population in Familes 628
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 457
Diversity Index2 13


Total Households 269
Average Household Size 2.68
Family Households 200
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 281 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 229 (81.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 40 (14.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 12 ( 4.3%)
Median Home Value $199,180
Average Home Value $246,304


Median Household Income $74,251
Average Household Income $90,578
Per Capita Income $32,911
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 1.28% 1.72%
Households 1.17% 1.72%
Families 3.19% 1.55%
Median Household Income   5.18%
Per Capita Income   2.82%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Elkhart, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Elkhart to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 381 62nd
Population Density1 # 673 33rd
Diversity Index2 # 270 73rd
Median Household Income # 66 94th
Per Capita Income # 68 93rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.