Living in South Bend, IN

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Updated: 2020-03-11

South Bend SnackAbility

3
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
5/10
Housing
5
Affordability
8
Diversity
9.5
Safety
3
Amenities
9
Education
6
Commute
8.5

South Bend, IN Crime Report

5,470
Total Crimes
5,342.0
Total Crimes / 100k People
107.99%
Above National Average

South Bend, IN Cost Of Living

87
South Bend's Overall Cost Of Living
0.9x
Lower Than The National Average

South Bend, Indiana Info Snack

South Bend is a city in and the county seat of St. Joseph County, Indiana, United States, on the St. Joseph River near its southernmost bend, from which it derives its name. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total of 101,168 residents; its Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 318,586 and Combined Statistical Area of 721,296. It is the fourth-largest city in Indiana, serving as the economic and cultural hub of Northern Indiana. The highly ranked University of Notre Dame is located just to the north in unincorporated Notre Dame, Indiana and is an integral contributor to the region's economy.
Population
102,233
Unemployment
7.4%
Poverty
23.8%
Median Home
$82,500
Median Income
$38,943
Median Rent
$767

South Bend, IN Photos

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Rankings for South Bend in Indiana

Best Places Around South Bend

1

Dunlap, IN
Population 6,115

2

Granger, IN
Population 30,815

3

Niles, MI
Population 11,265

4

Mishawaka, IN
Population 48,926

5

Elkhart, IN
Population 52,308

Map Of South Bend, IN

Population over time in South Bend

Year Population % Change
2017 102,233 0.3%
2016 101,928 0.9%
2015 101,037 0.4%
2014 100,590 0.2%
2013 100,422 -0.4%
2012 100,863 -0.4%
2011 101,282 -0.4%
2010 101,708 -0.4%
2009 102,073 -
Crime/100k South Bend IN USA
Violent Crime 1039.1 382.3 368.9
Murder 8.8 6.5 5.0
Robbery 270.5 88.7 86.2
Aggravated Assault 694.4 251.6 246.8
Property Crime 4302.9 2179.3 2199.5
Burglary 947.3 377.6 376.0
Larceny 2886.8 1572.7 1594.6
Car Theft 468.8 229.1 228.9

Race / Ethnicity in South Bend

White
52.8% (54,028)
African American
26.0% (26,602)
American Indian
0.3% (322)
Asian
1.5% (1,496)
Hawaiian
0.1% (97)
Other
0.2% (217)
Two Or More
3.8% (3,855)
Hispanic
15.3% (15,616)
Race South Bend IN USA
White 52.8% 79.5% 61.1%
African American 26.0% 9.2% 12.3%
American Indian 0.3% 0.2% 0.7%
Asian 1.5% 2.2% 5.4%
Hawaiian 0.1% 0.0% 0.2%
Other 0.2% 0.1% 0.2%
Two Or More 3.8% 2.0% 2.4%
Hispanic 15.3% 6.8% 17.8%

Household Income For South Bend, Indiana

Less than $10,000
11.4% (1,165,584)
$10,000 to $14,999
6.7% (686,744)
$15,000 to $24,999
13.6% (1,386,201)
$25,000 to $34,999
12.6% (1,293,240)
$35,000 to $49,999
16.4% (1,679,385)
$50,000 to $74,999
17.3% (1,769,697)
$75,000 to $99,999
9.5% (975,955)
$100,000 to $149,999
8.2% (842,738)
$150,000 to $199,999
2.1% (213,995)
$200,000 or more
2.1% (209,757)
Income South Bend IN USA
Less than $10,000 11.4% 6.3% 6.3%
$10,000 to $14,999 6.7% 4.6% 4.6%
$15,000 to $24,999 13.6% 10.3% 9.3%
$25,000 to $34,999 12.6% 10.5% 9.3%
$35,000 to $49,999 16.4% 14.3% 12.6%
$50,000 to $74,999 17.3% 19.3% 17.5%
$75,000 to $99,999 9.5% 13.1% 12.5%
$100,000 to $149,999 8.2% 13.3% 14.6%
$150,000 to $199,999 2.1% 4.4% 6.3%
$200,000 or more 2.1% 3.8% 7.0%

Gender in South Bend

Female
52.2% (53,348)
Male
47.8% (48,885)
Gender South Bend IN USA
Female 52.2% 50.7% 50.8%
Male 47.8% 49.3% 49.2%

Highest level of educational attainment in South Bend for adults over 25

< 9th Grade
5.0% (5,111)
9-12th Grade
11.0% (11,245)
High School / GED
31.0% (31,692)
Some College
21.0% (21,468)
Associate's Degree
7.0% (7,156)
Bachelor's Degree
14.0% (14,312)
Master's Degree
7.0% (7,156)
Professional Degree
2.0% (2,044)
Doctorate Degree
2.0% (2,044)
Education South Bend IN USA
< 9th Grade 5.0% 3.0% 6.0%
9-12th Grade 11.0% 8.0% 7.0%
High School / GED 31.0% 34.0% 27.0%
Some College 21.0% 20.0% 21.0%
Associate's Degree 7.0% 9.0% 8.0%
Bachelor's Degree 14.0% 17.0% 19.0%
Master's Degree 7.0% 7.0% 9.0%
Professional Degree 2.0% 1.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 2.0% 1.0% 1.0%

6 Reviews & Comments About South Bend

Overall User Rating
3.0
/5

meatwad74

Agree with south bend. I just moved here because of family. I live in a suburb but most of the commercial activity is in south bend/Mishawaka. People are boorish, uncultured. Work s***s here. Very political and they fire or lay off on a dime. Everyone from retail to mid level corporate have that p****d off attitude like they really don't want to be working here and are doing you a favor just by talking to you. Upper level management are all ganged up trying to save their jobs. Nothing to do here. Still stuck on that 'studebaker' mentality. As in boo hoo, the town went to s**t after studebaker closed factories in the 60's. Most of the south and west portions are run down, derelict, crime ridden. It saddens to see such poverty. White or black.

But it seems to be on the upswing with the new mayor. Resurgent downtown, northern part of sb and granger are good. Elkhart while still blue collar is doing well.


SlingShot06

I live in Mishawaka so I know the real South Bend lol


night shade

Hey I live in south bend and it isn't that bad


HomeSnacks User

South Bend, home of Notre Dame, is nothing like Notre Dame. It is an aging city with some seedy area. It does offer parks and theater, plus a great library system. I truly enjoyed the visit.

St. Patrick's Park along the St Joe River is a great place to explorer. There are multiple trails, with a clean environment. Downtown offers a variety of shops and a theater.


HomeSnacks User

For me, the lack of sunshine really hits hard. 73 full sunny days. Their idea of party cloudy seems pretty cloudy to me. I have lived in 7 states now and South Bend, area is the most unfriendly I have ever lived. The economy is not good, It looses population every year 3 %. Terrible crime. They did fix up the down town are but once your outside of that it is a lot of blight in the area, dilapidated homes, boarded up. Not a pretty city by any means. It was very hard to find work, mostly a union town, homeless on many streets that hang out by the stoplights and intersections asking for money. I have never seen anything like that in my life.

Notre is cool and some historical housing. Not a good economy is the trouble, and the lack of sun is pretty bad.


HomeSnacks User

Guys it's not that bad and it's actually really LGBT friendly! For one, our Mayor (Pete, you may have heard of him

They have first Fridays downtown every first Friday of a month and those are almost always a great time!

Art beat is a summer street fair held usually the first Friday of July. SUPER fun weekend.

Other fun summer activity's include our WHITE WATER RAFTING! pottery painting, the beautiful river lights, walking at our many parks or college campuses, or enjoying fresh fudge at our huge chocolate store!

The theater community is AMAZING! The Morris performing arts center hosts many professional touring shows and the local South Bend Civic Theater has OUTSTANDING productions and those are just two of the local theaters!

I rest my case.

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