Elkhart County's population edges past the 200,000 mark, and Elkhart passes 51,000

The latest population estimates from the U.S. Census show that Elkhart County has cracked the 200,000 mark ... again.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.

The population in Elkhart County is edging up.

We’ve broken the 200,000 barrier (again), for whatever that’s worth.

To the west in St. Joseph County, meanwhile, the population has edged in the other direction, downward, since 2010.

The U.S. Census Bureau released population estimates last week for July 1, 2013.

Bottom line — Elkhart County had 200,563 people in 2013, up from 197,559 in 2010 and Elkhart edged to 51,265, up from 50,949. Prior estimates put Elkhart County’s population at 200,125 in 2008 and 200,502 in 2009, but the figure dipped below the 200,000 mark in 2010 after the official head count.

In St. Joseph County, they didn’t fare so well, dipping ever-so-slightly to 266,709 people, from 266,931. Likewise, South Bend lost a few residents, falling to 100,886 in 2013 from 101,168 in 2010.

Here are some tables showing more details:

Here’s what’s up with the smaller communities in Elkhart County: 

If you really like numbers, here are the counts for Elkhart County’s 16 townships (scroll below the table for a township map):

The township map:

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