Elkhart Real Estate & Information

Elkhart Real Estate & Information

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The City of Elkhart affords residents safety, peacefulness, and a distinctly small town atmosphere while still allowing them to take advantage of the big city amenities available nearby in Des Moines. Elkhart is a small city – it consists of 1.58 square miles of land with a total population of only 683 according to the 2010 census. The city was founded in 1853 and incorporated in 1904, and has remained a small but tight-knit community, even as the cities around it, such as Des Moines, Polk City and Ankeny have grown much larger. Anyone looking for a more intimate and community-oriented town should definitely take a look at Elkhart real estate.

Shopping and Dining

As a small community, restaurants and retailers are limited in Elkhart. such as the burger joint, Kippy’s Place, and the gardening and nursery store, Agritronics Corp,  but for real shopping and dining options, owners of Elkhart real estate will have to travel a very short distance to one of the larger neighboring towns, such as Polk City, which is only 11 miles away, or Ankeny, which is only 8 miles away. In fact, Ankeny has some incredible restaurants to try out, and a huge variety as well. Anyone in the mood for seafood should try the New England-style clam chowder over at the Waterfront Seafood Restaurant. Looking for a dinner with an Eastern bent? Try out the beef pad thai at Thai Flavors, feast on a variety of sushi at Miyabi 9 or head to the Tokyo Steakhouse for the hibachi. Polk City has its share of restaurants as well, including the local favorite, Reising Sun Café and Papa’z Pizzeria.

The majority of residents' shopping are satisfied in neighboring Ankeny, where one will find local stores such as Kyle’s Bikes and the Funky Zebras, as well as nationwide retail chains that include Home Depot, Walmart, Staples and more. If one can’t find what they need in Polk City or Ankeny, there’s no doubt they will be able to find what they need in the biggest city in the state, Des Moines, which is located only 20 miles south of Elkhart.

Parks and Recreation

Elkhart boasts a small park with a community center as well as little leagues for soccer, baseball and softball as well as other club sports for its youth. There are also plenty of parks and recreation options outside of Elkhart. For example, less than 7 miles away is the Chichaqua Wildlife Habitat Park. Here residents of Elkhart can take part in a large number of recreational activities, including camping, hiking, picnicking, hunting, canoeing, freshwater fishing, bird watching and even snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter. Less than 14 miles in the opposite direction is the Big Creek State Park, which boasts many of the same recreational opportunities as the Chichaqua Wildlife Habitat Park. Golfing enthusiasts will want to head slightly south of the Big Creek State Park in order to hit the green at the Tournament Club of Iowa. As the only Arnold Palmer Signature Course in Iowa, the Tournament Club of Iowa is a popular golfing destination for residents of Polk County and is open to both public play as well as private golf outings.


Roughly half the population is currently married, while the average age of residents in Elkhart is 34.3 years. The average household income according to data collected in 2000 was $33,000. The unemployment rate is quite low at 3.6 percent compared to the state and country unemployment rates. Roughly 90.4 percent of the population graduated high school, while 19.2 percent received a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Schools, Health and Transportation

Children living on Elkhart are served by the North Polk Community School District. The closest school to Elkhart is the North Polk Community High School. There are several colleges nearby as well, including the Des Moines Community College, which is only 8 miles away, as well as Drake University in Des Moines and Iowa State University in Ames, both of which are about 18 miles away from Elkhart.

There are three major medical centers near Elkhart. These include the Iowa Lutheren Hospital, which is 14 miles away, as well as the Broadlawns Medical Center and the Mercy Medical Center, both of which are around 16 miles away.

Residents get around by driving. Elkhart is around 20 miles away from the Des Moines International Airport.


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