Introduction to Mishawaka, Indiana

Mishawaka, Indiana is 5 miles E of South Bend, Indiana and 78 miles E of Chicago, Illinois. It is in St Joseph county. The city is part of the South Bend metro area.

Mishawaka History

Mishawaka is also known as the Princess City. It was named after Princess Mishawaka, who was the daughter of a Shawnee Chief named Elkhart. Early white settlers arrived in this area in 1830s. They were attracted by the bog iron deposits that were discovered here. In 1831, these settlers established the town of St. Joseph Ironworks. In 1833, St. Joseph Ironworks and three other small towns were merged together and incorporated as Mishawaka.

Mishawaka and nearby Attractions

  • Morris Park Country Club
  • Shiojiri Garden
  • South Bend Regional Museum of Art
  • Copshaholm House Museum & Historic Oliver Gardens
  • Beutter Park
  • Beiger Mansion

Things To Do In Mishawaka

Mishawaka has 27 parks with facilities for golf, exercising and fishing. The city also has an Olympic size swimming pool and an ice skating rink. Mishawaka plays host to one of the country's largest and oldest wiffleball tournaments, the World Wiffleball Championship. There are a number of museums in the city that are dedicated to art and history.

Mishawaka Transportation

South Bend Regional can be reached in a few minutes.

Mishawaka Higher Education

Bethel College is the local college. Options in the neighboring areas include the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University-South Bend.


Total Population 48,121
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 13.9%
Employed Population 16+ 22,667
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 39.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.9%
Median Earnings25+ $29,676
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,340
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,909


Median Family Income $47,440
% Above Poverty Level 80.7%
% Below Poverty Level 19.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.3%


People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $709
Median House Value $93,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.8%
US/American 0%
English 7.3%
Irish 14.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mishawaka Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 5 miles E of South Bend, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles E of Chicago, Illinois
County St Joseph
Metro Area South Bend
Standard Zip Codes 46544, 46545
P.O. Box Zip Codes 46546
Phone Area Codes 574
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.66
Longitude -86.15

Mishawaka Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 9.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 83 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 62 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 62 F
Annual Precip 0 inches
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 31 F
Apr Temp 38 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 44 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Argos 1,944 $55,938
Elkhart 52,354 $40,450
Lakeville 831 $52,500
Osceola 2,711 $63,603
South Bend 100,590 $41,356
Wakarusa 2,024 $68,500

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Mishawaka Public Libraries

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Mishawaka Hospitals

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215 W 4TH ST
(574) 259-2431
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 20.9

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Student/teacher ratio: 18.6

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Serves 249 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

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Serves 86 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.2

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