About Elkhart Iowa

Elkhart Water Tower

A new water tower was built in 2009 to support the growing community

Elkhart was inhabited by a few Indians in 1846 who hunted the abundant wild game of the area. In October, 1846 Isaac Walker Cory arrived with his family and settled in an area that came to be known as Cory Grove. Isaac wrote his father and brothers back in Elkhart, Indiana urging them to join him. Elkhart was laid out in 1853 by J.W. Cory and named for Elkhart, Indiana. When the original town declined, the post office was moved one mile north to Ottawa and later to its present location. Elkhart was incorporated July 27, 1904.

Population (year 2010): 683.

Latitude: 41.79 N, Longitude: 93.52 W

Area code: 515

Median resident age: 34.3 years
Median household income: $33,000 (year 2000)
Median house value: $75,000 (year 2000)

For population 25 years and over in Elkhart

  • High school or higher: 90.4%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 19.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.6%
  • Unemployed: 3.6%
  • Mean travel time to work: 23.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Elkhart city

  • Never married: 27.3%
  • Now married: 50.9%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 8.5%
  • Divorced: 12.2%

Hospitals/medical centers near Elkhart:

  • IOWA LUTHERAN HOSPITAL (about 14 miles; DES MOINES, IA)
  • BROADLAWNS MEDICAL CENTER (about 16 miles; DES MOINES, IA)
  • MERCY MEDICAL CENTER/MERCY CAPITOL (about 16 miles; DES MOINES, IA)

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Elkhart:

  • DES MOINES INTL (about 20 miles; DES MOINES, IA; ID: DSM)

Other public-use airports nearest to Elkhart:

  • ANKENY REGIONAL (about 8 miles; ANKENY, IA; ID: IKV)
  • MORNINGSTAR FIELD (about 13 miles; DES MOINES, IA; ID: Y76)
  • AMES MUNI (about 15 miles; AMES, IA; ID: AMW)

Elementary and High School near Elkhart:

  • North Polk Community High School

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Elkhart:

  • DES MOINES COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 8 miles; ANKENY, IA; Full-time enrollment: 6,959)
  • DRAKE UNIVERSITY (about 18 miles; DES MOINES, IA; FT enrollment: 4,227)
  • IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY (about 18 miles; AMES, IA; FT enrollment: 24,473)