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Retirement Living in Elkhart County - Indiana

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Area Description

Elkhart County boasts a variety of amenities that satisfy everyone from those with more urbane tastes to those who enjoy a quieter pace. As the largest city, Elkhart boasts a variety of dining and cultural options, from fine dining to gastropubs to several family-owned Italian restaurants. The Lerner Theatre is the centerpiece of a growing arts and entertainment district. Goshen is the county seat and is also home to a liberal arts college in Goshen College. The Millrace Canal area of Goshen, adjacent to a vibrant downtown full of shops and restaurants, has seen significant growth in recent years with a farmers market, craft brewery, artisans and walking/biking trail. The rural areas of Elkhart County are home to one of the largest Amish communities in the U.S. Many Amish share the gifts of their cooking, woodworking and quilting at numerous shops in Middlebury, Nappanee and Wakarusa.

Includes Cities/Towns: Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, Winchester.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The St. Joseph and Elkhart rivers traverse the area, providing many boating, fishing, canoeing and kayaking opportunities. The Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is a bicycle trail reclaimed from an abandoned rail line and connects Goshen, Middlebury and Shipshewana. Two other major bike trails can be accessed. Elkhart's Wellfield Botanic Garden is popular with tour groups as well as its annual Taste of the Gardens fundraiser. Elkhart County has nine golf courses.

Cultural Activities

The Lerner Theatre is a 1924-vintage theater restored to its former glory and hosts concerts and plays, while the adjacent Crystal Ballroom is popular for banquets and community events. The Goshen College Music Center hosts a major performing arts series in its Sauder Concert Hall as well as the college's many talented groups. Community arts organizations are very active, from the award-winning Elkhart Civic Theatre, which calls as its home the historic Bristol Opera House, to the Elkhart County Symphony and Premier Arts. The Ruthmere Museum and Elkhart County Historical Museum document the history of the region. Encore Park in Elkhart and Linway Plaza in Goshen are the region's two major first-run movie theaters.

Public transportation

The Elkhart-Goshen area has reliable bus service, while nearby South Bend affords access to an airport and commuter rail access to Chicago.

Medical Facilities

Elkhart General Hospital and IU Health Goshen Hospital offer a full range of services.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  17.0  24.3  31.5  1.8 "  13.2 "
 Feb  20.0  28.1  36.1  1.8 "  9.4 "
 Mar  29.2  38.4  47.6  2.7 "  5.0 "
 Apr  38.7  49.8  60.8  3.4 "  1.1 "
 May  49.2  60.9  72.5  3.4 "  0.0 "
 Jun  58.8  70.0  81.3  4.1 "  0.0 "
 Jul  62.8  73.7  84.5  3.5 "  0.0 "
 Aug  61.1  71.7  82.3  4.0 "  0.0 "
 Sep  53.6  64.7  75.8  3.6 "  0.0 "
 Oct  42.9  53.4  63.8  2.9 "  0.4 "
 Nov  33.6  41.7  49.8  2.8 "  2.9 "
 Dec  23.0  29.7  36.4  2.7 "  12.2 "

Summer and fall are very pleasant, usually with warm days and cool nights, perfect for sports, boating and outdoors activities. In the winter, snowfall is moderate, with possibility of lake-effect snow from nearby Lake Michigan.

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Cost of Living for Elkhart County, IN

Elkhart County, Indiana cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Elkhart County proudly has preserved its oldest, most handsome neighborhoods while also encouraging development of modern homes with the latest conveniences on spacious lots. Many charming older and modern homes can be found in Elkhart, Goshen, Nappanee, Wakarusa, Bristol and Middlebury. The downtowns of Elkhart and Goshen have encouraged housing development and worked hard to make its cities more walkable.

Senior Assistance in Elkhart County, IN

Elkhart County, Indiana offers the following assistance for seniors:

There are several major private providers of senior services, while agencies such as the Council on Aging of Elkhart County supplements services to seniors with programs such as transport and in-home services.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

The hospitals in Elkhart and Goshen welcome Red Coats volunteers, while museums such as Midwest Museum of American Art and Ruthmere Museum in Elkhart and Elkhart County Historical Museum in Bristol welcome volunteers as docents and guides.

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