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Overview

Introduction to South Bend, Indiana

The Indiana city of South Bend is situated in the extreme northern part of the state, only 5 miles from the Michigan border. The county seat of St. Joseph County, South Bend sits 95 miles east of Chicago, Illinois. Large nearby cities include Elkhart (15 miles to the east), Gary (65 miles to the west), Fort Wayne (85 miles to the southeast), and Benton Harbor, Michigan (36 miles to the north). Major highways servicing the city include Interstates 80 and 90, U.S. Routes 20 and 31, and Indiana State Highways 2, 23, and 933.

Incorporated as a city in 1865, South Bend has a highly industrialized economy which emanated from the pioneering companies founded there in the 19th century, most notably the Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company. The world's largest producer of wagons in the 19th century, the Studebaker Company was one of a handful of wagon making companies to successfully transition their operations from the building of wagons to the building of automobiles. Through the early part of the 20th century until shutting down manufacturing in 1963, their impact on South Bend's industry was enormous. Other companies which would later leave an imprint on the development of South Bend include the Oliver Corporation, the Birdsell Manufacturing Company, the Bendix Corporation, Honeywell, the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and the South Bend Toy Company.

South Bend is also famous as the home of the University of Notre Dame. Established in 1842 by the Very Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C. and six Catholic brothers, the University has since been an intrinsic part of the city with a great effect on its culture and economy. As the largest employer in the city, Notre Dame is estimated to be responsible for one out of every ten dollars circulated in the St. Joseph County area. In addition, the University is one of the most visited attractions in the state of Indiana, drawing nearly 700,000 visitors annually. South Bend is also home to some other institutes of higher learning, including Saint Mary's College, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana North Central, Indiana University South Bend, Holy Cross College of Indiana, and Indiana Christian University.

Arts and Entertainment in South Bend

The Studebaker National Museum encompasses 114 years of automotive history spanning the full spectrum of Studebaker products; from the family's early Conestoga Wagon to the company's last automobile which rolled off the assembly line. The South Bend Regional Museum of Art, located in the Century Center in downtown South Bend, opened in 1996, and features over 850 works from a variety of regional artists. South Bend is also home to the Morris Performing Arts Center. Built in 1922, the facility was renovated in recent years and today houses the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and the Broadway Theater League.

Other nearby points of interest include:

  • Century Center: A large convention center located on an 11-acre riverfront park
  • Morris Performing Arts Center: A nationally-renowned 2500 seat theater which hosts a variety of performances
  • The Potawatomi Zoo: The oldest zoo in Indiana, featuring over 400 animals
  • East Race Waterway: First artificial whitewater course in North America
  • South Bend Conservatory
  • Northern Indiana Center for History
  • South Bend Regional Museum of Art
  • Health Works Kids Museum
  • Tippecanoe Place Mansion

One of South Bend's major attractions is the College Football Hall of Fame, located in the downtown area, not too far from the University of Notre Dame campus. The hall features memorabilia commemorating the greats of American college football, including players and coaches of the past. There are also facilities for visitors to test their own football skills interactively and "360-degree" video monitors for viewing great plays from the past.

Sports action in South Bend is largely provided by The University of Notre Dame's Fighting Irish athletic teams. The school has a nationally competitive Division I athletic program which includes a number of sports teams, but is most famous for having one of the most storied football programs in the history of the college sport. Notre Dame's eleven consensus NCAA football championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, and over 800 all time wins make the school a college football legend. Football Saturdays are a major city event, attracting students, fans, visitors, tourists, and tailgaters. Notre Dame basketball games are also very popular, along with the school's other sports. Thanks in large part to Notre Dame, the College Football Hall of Fame was moved from Ohio to downtown South Bend in 1995.

South Bend is also home to the South Bend Silver Hawks, a Class-A Minor League Baseball team affiliated with Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. The Silver Hawks play at Coveleski Stadium in downtown South Bend. Auto racing fans can see lots of action at the South Bend Motor Speedway, which features weekly races of Sportsman Late Models, Mini-stock cars and Thunder Cars.

Demographics

People

Total Population101,037
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens12.2%
Employed Population 16+43,001
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married36.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.4%
Median Earnings25+$27,071
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,076
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,286

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,669
% Above Poverty Level73.3%
% Below Poverty Level26.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.6%
% Using Public Transportation3%

Housing

People Living Alone35.2%
Median Gross Rent$710
Median House Value$80,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)43%
Irish9.5%
Polish7.8%
English5.2%
Italian3.1%
Hungarian2.7%
French Except Basque1.8%
African1.8%
Dutch1.4%
Belgian1.2%
Swedish0.9%
Scottish0.9%
Welsh0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Russian0.4%
Austrian0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Arab0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Czech0.3%
Greek0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Kenyan0.2%
Croatian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Liberian0.1%
Maltese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
German0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Afghan)0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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South Bend Almanac

CategoryValue
County St. Joseph County
Standard Zip Codes46601, 46613, 46614, 46615, 46616, 46617, 46619, 46628, 46635, 46637
P.O. Box Zip Codes46624, 46634, 46660, 46680
Company Zip Codes46626, 46699
Phone Area Codes574
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude41.67
Approximate Longitude-86.26

South Bend Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationSOUTH BEND RGNL AP
Distance4.3 miles
Jan Temp16 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 83 F
Oct Temp42 to 62 F
Annual Precip39.7 inches
StationLAKEVILLE
Distance9.5 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp62 to 83 F
Oct Temp41 to 62 F
Annual Precip0 inches
StationEAU CLAIRE 4 NE
Distance24 miles
Jan Temp17 to 31 F
Apr Temp38 to 59 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp44 to 62 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Argos1,914$55,398
Elkhart52,378$41,314
Lakeville841$52,917
Mishawaka48,234$48,449
North Liberty1,916$58,000
Osceola2,468$64,261

South Bend Public Libraries

St Joseph County Public Library
304 SOUTH MAIN STREET
South Bend, Indiana
(574) 282-4646

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South Bend Hospitals

A Rosie Place
(Non-profit)
53131 Quince Rd
(574) 235-8899
Memorial Hospital Of South Bend
(Non-profit)
615 N Michigan St
(574) 647-1000

South Bend Public Schools

Madison Primary Center
832 N Lafayette Blvd
ZIP: 46601
(574) 283-8325
Primary
Total Enrollment 425
Juvenile Justice Center
1000 S Michigan Ave
ZIP: 46601
(574) 235-5437
High
Total Enrollment 16
South Bend New Tech Hs
1902 S Fellows St
ZIP: 46613
(574) 283-8500
High
Total Enrollment 135
Lincoln Primary Center
1425 E Calvert St
ZIP: 46613
(574) 283-8960
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Studebaker Center
724 E Dubail Ave
ZIP: 46613
(574) 283-7600
Other
Total Enrollment 377
Riley High School
1902 Fellows St
ZIP: 46613
(574) 283-8400
High
Total Enrollment 1140
Jackson Intermediate Center
5001 S Miami Rd
ZIP: 46614
(574) 231-5600
Middle
Total Enrollment 565
Hamilton Traditional School
1530 E Jackson Rd
ZIP: 46614
(574) 231-5672
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Xavier School Of Excellence
3423 S Michigan
ZIP: 46614
(574) 231-6600
Primary
Total Enrollment 299
Monroe Primary Center
312 Donmoyer Ave
ZIP: 46614
(574) 231-5831
Primary
Total Enrollment 394
Veritas Academy
530 E Ireland Rd Bldg B
ZIP: 46614
(574) 287-3230
Primary
Total Enrollment 126
Hay Primary Center
19685 Johnson Rd
ZIP: 46614
(574) 231-5735
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
Greene Intermediate Center
24702 Roosevelt Rd
ZIP: 46614
(574) 283-7900
Middle
Total Enrollment 232
Marshall Intermediate Center
1433 Byron Dr
ZIP: 46614
(574) 231-5801
Middle
Total Enrollment 442
Nuner Primary Center
2716 Pleasant St
ZIP: 46615
(574) 283-7850
Primary
Total Enrollment 377
Edison Intermediate Center
2701 Eisenhower Dr
ZIP: 46615
(574) 283-8900
Middle
Total Enrollment 433
Adams High School
808 S Twyckenham Dr
ZIP: 46615
(574) 283-7700
High
Total Enrollment 1756
Brown Intermediate Center
737 W Beale St
ZIP: 46616
(574) 287-9680
Primary
Total Enrollment 421
Mckinley Primary Center
228 N Greenlawn Ave
ZIP: 46617
(574) 283-8570
Primary
Total Enrollment 448
Jefferson Intermediate Center
528 S Eddy St
ZIP: 46617
(574) 283-8700
Middle
Total Enrollment 558
Perley Fine Arts Academy
740 N Eddy St
ZIP: 46617
(574) 283-8735
Primary
Total Enrollment 232
Warren Primary Center
55400 Quince Rd
ZIP: 46619
(574) 283-7950
Primary
Total Enrollment 258
Wilson Primary Center
56660 Oak Rd
ZIP: 46619
(574) 283-7400
Primary
Total Enrollment 441
Washington High School
4747 W Washington Ave
ZIP: 46619
(574) 283-7200
High
Total Enrollment 1001
Lafayette Early Childhood Center
245 N Lombardy Dr
ZIP: 46619
(574) 283-8650
Primary
Total Enrollment 228
Harrison Primary Center
3302 Western Ave
ZIP: 46619
(574) 283-7300
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
Navarre Intermediate Center
4702 W Ford St
ZIP: 46619
(574) 283-7345
Middle
Total Enrollment 595
Dickinson Fine Arts Academy
4404 Elwood
ZIP: 46628
(574) 283-7625
Middle
Total Enrollment 676
Kennedy Primary Academy
609 N Olive St
ZIP: 46628
(574) 283-7435
Primary
Total Enrollment 684
Marquette Montessori Academy
1818 Bergan St
ZIP: 46628
(574) 283-8370
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Career Academy At South Bend
3801 Crescent Cir
ZIP: 46628
(574) 299-9800
Other
Total Enrollment 509
Muessel Primary Center
1021 Blaine St
ZIP: 46628
(574) 283-7800
Primary
Total Enrollment 410
Coquillard Primary Center
1245 N Sheridan St
ZIP: 46628
(574) 283-8610
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
Lasalle Intermediate Academy
2701 W Elwood
ZIP: 46628
(574) 283-7500
Middle
Total Enrollment 854
Tarkington Traditional Center
3414 Hepler Rd
ZIP: 46635
(574) 243-7210
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Swanson Primary Center
17677 Parker Dr
ZIP: 46635
(574) 243-7250
Primary
Total Enrollment 297
Darden Primary Center
18645 Janet St
ZIP: 46637
(574) 243-7335
Primary
Total Enrollment 542
Clay Intermediate Center
52900 Lily Rd
ZIP: 46637
(574) 243-7145
Middle
Total Enrollment 481
Rise Up Academy At Eggleston
19010 Adams Rd
ZIP: 46637
(574) 243-7300
High
Total Enrollment 258
Clay High School
19131 Darden Rd
ZIP: 46637
(574) 243-7000
High
Total Enrollment 1270

South Bend Private Schools

The Montessori Center
1236 Lincoln Way E
ZIP: 46601
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Our Lady Of Hungary School
735 W Calvert St
ZIP: 46613
Elementary
Total Enrollment 185
St Matthew Elementary School
1015 E Dayton St
ZIP: 46613
Elementary
Total Enrollment 340
St Jude Elementary School
19657 Hildebrand St
ZIP: 46614
Elementary
Total Enrollment 169
South Bend Junior Academy
1910 Altgeld St
ZIP: 46614
Elementary
Total Enrollment 45
Stanley Clark School
3123 Miami St
ZIP: 46614
Elementary
Total Enrollment 280
Michiana Christian School
2730 S Ironwood Dr
ZIP: 46614
Elementary
Total Enrollment 29
Community Baptist Christian School
5715 Miami St
ZIP: 46614
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 153
St Anthony De Padua School
2310 E Jefferson Blvd
ZIP: 46615
Elementary
Total Enrollment 338
Starz Academy
2117 E Jefferson Blvd
ZIP: 46617
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
St Joseph Grade School
216 N Hill St
ZIP: 46617
Elementary
Total Enrollment 446
Trinity School At Greenlawn
107 S Greenlawn Ave
ZIP: 46617
Secondary
Total Enrollment 178
Good Shepherd Montessori School
1101 E Jefferson Blvd
ZIP: 46617
Elementary
Total Enrollment 100
St Josephs High School
1441 N Michigan St
ZIP: 46617
Secondary
Total Enrollment 821
Holy Family Elementary School
56407 Mayflower Rd
ZIP: 46619
Elementary
Total Enrollment 292
Holy Cross Elementary School
1020 Wilber St
ZIP: 46628
Elementary
Total Enrollment 305
Resurrection Lutheran Academy
6840 Nimtz Pkwy
ZIP: 46628
Elementary
Total Enrollment 77
Corpus Christi School
2817 Corpus Christi Dr
ZIP: 46628
Elementary
Total Enrollment 234
St John The Baptist Elementary School
3616 Saint Johns Way
ZIP: 46628
Elementary
Total Enrollment 110
Countryside Montessori School
53333 Ironwood Rd
ZIP: 46635
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Christ The King School
52473 Indiana State Route 933
ZIP: 46637
Elementary
Total Enrollment 458
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