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Dunlap is a census-designated place (CDP) in Elkhart County, Indiana, United States. The population was 6,235 at the 2010 census. Once a small farming community, by the 1980s it had become a suburb of Elkhart and Goshen, Indiana. Most of the town was destroyed by two violent F4 tornadoes during the Palm Sunday Tornado Outbreak on April 11, 1965. Both tornadoes killed over 60 in the region.
A post office was established at Dunlap in 1886, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1902.
Dunlap is located at 41°38′05″N 85°55′06″W.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.7 km2), of which 0.20% is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,887 people, 2,087 households, and 1,657 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,390.4 people per square mile (537.3/km2). There were 2,147 housing units at an average density of 507.1/sq mi (196.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 91.69% White, 2.87% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.93% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 3.04% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.65% of the population.
There were 2,087 households, out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.3% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.6% were non-families.