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Wakarusa, Indiana - Basic Facts

The Town of Wakarusa had a population of 1,785 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Wakarusa is located at latitude 41.5312 and longitude -86.0133 in Elkhart County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Wakarusa (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.2 sq. miles and a water area of 0.08 sq. miles. Elkhart County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 846 feet.

The Town of Wakarusa (GNIS ID: 2397717) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Wakarusa is located within Township of Olive, a minor civil division (MCD) of Elkhart County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Wakarusa population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Wakarusa: Salem.

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Wakarusa, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,785
Daytime Population: Workers 1,870
Daytime Population: Residents 823
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,693
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.51
Population in Households 1,706
Population in Familes 1,463
Population in Group Qrtrs 79
Population Density2 810
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $51,651
Average Household Income $70,188
Per Capita Income $26,655


Total Housing Units 744 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 492 (66.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 186 (25.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 66 ( 8.9%)
Median Home Value $158,726
Average Home Value $206,491


Total Households 678
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 480
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.21% 0.37%
Households 0.27% 0.41%
Families 0.96% 0.25%
Median Household Income   2.05%
Per Capita Income   3.21%

Wakarusa, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wakarusa to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 241 65th
Population Density # 497 27th
Diversity Index # 223 67th
Median Household Income # 294 57th
Per Capita Income # 203 70th

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