Culver: Middle class is growing in Elkhart, Goshen

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (May 13, 2016) — State Rep. Wes Culver (R-Elkhart) announced today that a recent study by the Pew Research Center points to positive economic changes in Elkhart and Goshen. According to the study, these communities that struggled through the recession can now count 63 percent of its population as middle class – eighth in the nation.

“When the recession hit the middle class shrunk,” Culver said. “The findings of the study show that more people in our area are now working and earning higher incomes, which means a stronger economy overall.”

Culver said the study took a close look at changes within metropolitan areas throughout the nation. While the American middle class, which is considered for a household of three to earn an annual income from $42,000 to $125,000, is losing ground across the country, Elkhart and Goshen areas are trending in the opposite direction.

“Much of our growth can be attributed to our strong manufacturing sector,” Culver said. “We have also invested in workforce development, education and infrastructure to provide a foundation where businesses can succeed and hire more Hoosiers.”

Indiana was also recently ranked first in the Midwest and among the top five in the nation for best business climate, according to Chief Executive’s “Best & Worst States for Business” ranking.

To see the entire study, click here.


Rep. Wes Culver (R-Elkhart) represents House District 49, which includes portions of Elkhart County.

The link to the study may be found at