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Elkhart
Elkhart
Indiana
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Elkhart is a city in Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. The city is located 15 miles (24 km) east of South Bend, Indiana, 110 miles (180 km) east of Chicago, Illinois, and 150 miles (240 km) north of Indianapolis, Indiana. Elkhart has the larger population of the two principal cities of the Elkhart-Goshen Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in turn is part of the South Bend-Elkhart-Mishawaka Combined Statistical Area, in a region commonly known as Michiana. The population was 50,949 at the 2010 census. Despite the shared name, it is not the county seat of Elkhart County; that position is held by the city of Goshen, located about 10 miles (16 km) southeast of Elkhart.

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There are many social activities for the elder. For senior needs such as transportation, maintenance of records for medications, doctor visits, household needs such as food, cleaning, paying bills, lawn maintenance, church services, etc. there are ways to get needs met individually or in concert with one another.
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A factory town known for Recreational Vehicles. Getting a job in this town requires good eyes, knees, back and an ability to be on your feet for 8+ hours a day. In short, not that great for seniors. Health care in this town is minimal. All the main doctors are in South Bend. Good thing is this city is on an Amtrak route and has minimal bus service (once an hour). Senior transportation is non-existent. Assisted living is expensive, with most places having a 3~6 month wait list. Being near Lake Michigan means it is in the Snow Belt, so you better be able to shovel snow and be able to drive in it as well. Crime is higher than average in this town, with property crime pretty bad. If it isn't tied down, it's gone. Cost of living is below the national average, but you get what you pay for.
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Must have a car to get around. The bus system does get you between Goshen, Elkhart and South Bend, but it only runs once an hour. Also, service runs 7-7 M-Sat. There is little assisted living in the area, and what is here is very pricey. Plenty of jobs, if you are healthy and have good knees, eyes and legs. Health care is a one provider town, Beacon Health.
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A factory town known for Recreational Vehicles. Getting a job in this town requires good eyes, knees, back and an ability to be on your feet for 8+ hours a day. In short, not that great for seniors. Health care in this town is minimal. All the main doctors are in South Bend. Good thing is this city is on an Amtrak route and has minimal bus service (once an hour). Senior transportation is non-existent. Assisted living is expensive, with most places having a 3~6 month wait list. Being near Lake Michigan means it is in the Snow Belt, so you better be able to shovel snow and be able to drive in it as well. Crime is higher than average in this town, with property crime pretty bad. If it isn't tied down, it's gone. Cost of living is below the national average, but you get what you pay for.

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How did Indiana earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Indiana has a state sales tax of 7.00%. Of particular interest is that Indiana does not have taxes on social security. There are no estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Indiana has an effective property tax rate of 0.87%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Indiana earned its state tax grade of C.

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