Since its founding in 1855, Kokomo has been a community of innovation and entrepreneurship. More than 160 years later, its rich automotive and manufacturing heritage still continue to drive technological development, advanced manufacturing, and significant public and private investment.
Kokomo has found itself on many rankings in recent years, such as #1 Most Affordable Small City in America, #6 in Nation for Exports in GDP and #3 in Nation in Advanced Manufacturing Specialization. Also, the Kokomo Metropolitan Statistical Area was ranked as first in the nation for manufacturing presence, productivity, and strength by Industry Week magazine.
In October 2017, our unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent, which is the lowest reported since 2001 and a rate equal to the state and below national levels — and our workforce is growing.