St. Joseph County
Established in 1830, St. Joseph County is made up of thirteen townships, nine municipalities, six school districts, four library districts and two special districts.
St. Joseph County is served by two major hospitals, one community hospital and three outpatient Medical Clinics and Surgicenters staffed by more than four hundred doctors.
The County is home to the University of Notre Dame, one of the nation’s leading private universities, and several other private colleges: Bethel College, Holy Cross College and St. Mary’s College. Indiana University also has a campus in South Bend with a Purdue extension.
There are 1,656 miles of road within the County, of which about 69% are County roads. Bus services provided by the South Bend Public Transportation Corporation (TRANSPO). Several modes of travel are provided by twenty-five motor carriers, four mainline railroads and the Michiana Regional Transportation Center in South Bend, which is an intermodal facility with air, bus, and train services, including the South Shore Railroad to Chicago, Illinois.
Potato Creek State Park (3,840 acres) is the largest recreational facility in the County with camping, horse trails, boating, cross-country skiing, a nature center, and swimming beach. Five County and over one-hundred municipal parks provide 2,040 acres of parkland with many lakes and several rivers in the County. Cities include South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger, Lakeville, New Carlisle, North Liberty, Osceola, Roseland, and Walkerton.
Download South Bend/Mishawaka-St. Joseph County Economic Community Profile. Information includes population, location, cost of living data, largest employers and more. Additional economic information can be found by linking to the Project Future site at www.projectfuture.org.
Welcome to the most innovative, entrepreneurial community in America. Elkhart is the RV Capital of the World, headquarters to international corporations, and the birthplace of Alka Seltzer and innovations in electronics and band instruments. Elkhart County boasts more patents than any other Hoosier county outside the state capitol.
Yet life is not too fast-paced or unbearable. We are a friendly, home-town community in the heart of Amish Country.
We Build Things.
Recreational vehicles, boats, musical instruments, precise laser devices and everything in between are made in this community. A strong network of supply industries helps support these and other industries. The low business cost, access to skilled labor and an abundance of dreams encourage the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive here. “Business climate/entrepreneurship” was the number one reason people liked living in the Elkhart community. We are very proud of our ability to get things done.
Recreation and Activity
Elkhart is built around Island Park the island resembling an elk's heart; hence, the name Elkhart. This park is located near the confluence of the beautiful St. Joseph and Elkhart rivers. Many lakes are in or around the Elkhart community and Lake Michigan beaches are only an hour away. It is no wonder residents chose “access to water activities” as one of the best things about living in Elkhart.
Beautiful golf courses, parks and hiking/biking trails add to area recreational offerings.
Elkhart and Elkhart Co. Links
- City of Elkhart
- Elkhart County Government
- Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau
- The Elkhart Truth (Local Newspaper)
- The Goshen News (Local Newspaper)
- Elkhart General Hospital
- Goshen Hospital
- Memorial Hospital & Health System
- Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center