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Top 20 Small Cities In Indiana

12. Elkhart, Indiana (population 50,949)
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4. Elkhart, Indiana (population 50,949)

Elkhart is located in northern Indiana and is one of the seven cities in the state that are part of the Amish Country. Despite its name, it is not the county seat of Elkhart County – that position went to Goshen, located some 10 miles to the southeast.

On one hand, the town is a typical one when it comes to the Amish Country. It’s extremely friendly, slow-paced and laid back and its residents are very friendly, outgoing, warm and creative. Tiny local stores offer souvenirs like beautiful Amish handmade dollhouses and quilts as well delicacies like the Amish sugar cookies.

There is a number of restaurants where you can try the authentic Amish cuisine, too. On the other hand, what separates Elkhart from other towns in the Amish Country is its artistic spirit – the downtown contains a number of art galleries, the Midwest Museum of Art and the biannual Art Walk. There is also the Elkhart Jazz Festival and the Simonton Lake Drive-In, where you can enjoy some of the best burgers in the area while watching a movie.

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  • Indianauhoops

    The French Lick Railroad is in French Lick (southern Indiana), not Rensselaer (northwest Indiana). Most of your writing about Rensselaer has nothing to do with Rensselaer. Did you do ANY research?

  • Michael A. McCormack

    Good Lord, not one town in beautiful Southern Indiana!! Jasper, Huntingburg, French Lick, Dale. Beautiful scenery, history, no crime. Sorta missed the mark.

  • bulldogmom

    The section on Chesterton lists Indiana Dunes as a state park. It is a National Park, a part of the NPS of the US government. I’m not sure why Whiteland is in here, instead of nearby Franklin. Franklin, Indiana (and its Whiteland “suburb”) is possibly the most perfect place to live anywhere. Incredibly picturesque with expansive farms, historic houses, Franklin College, easy access on I-65 to Indianapolis and Louisville. And how about Greencastle? Beautiful, historic, home to the Harvard of the Midwest–DePau University, clean, virtually crime-free, friendly and just the right distance to Indianapolis via I-70. Let’s all get together and rewrite this article.

  • fande3rls

    Really Rensselaer ,#13 , this writer has never been here , 1 super market , a walmart , a dozen pizza sacks (one pizza hut) and most not that good , they do their best not to really grow or make it easy to grow . must say that there is a new restaurant in town that is very good (Royal OAK)

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