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South Bend, Indiana - Basic Facts

The City of South Bend is the 4th largest city in Indiana with a population of 103,831 as of July 1, 2018. South Bend ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Indiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for South Bend is located at latitude 41.6768 and longitude -86.269 in St. Joseph County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Bend (see map below) encompass a land area of 41.35 sq. miles and a water area of 0.42 sq. miles. St. Joseph County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 692 feet.

The City of South Bend (GNIS ID: 2395913) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of South Bend is located within Township of Portage, a minor civil division (MCD) of St. Joseph County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with South Bend population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for South Bend: Big Saint Joseph Station, Saint Joseph's, Southold, The Bend.

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South Bend, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 103,831
Population in Households 101,035
Population in Familes 75,620
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,796
Population Density1 2,511
Diversity Index2 70


Median Household Income $38,126
Average Household Income $52,694
Per Capita Income $21,018


Total Housing Units 47,522 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 23,471 (49.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,286 (36.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,766 (14.2%)
Median Home Value $90,644
Average Home Value $115,772


Total Households 40,756
Average Household Size 2.48
Family Households 23,760
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.32% 0.29%
Households 0.3% 0.27%
Families 0.12% 0.15%
Median Household Income   2.36%
Per Capita Income   2.76%

South Bend, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Bend to the other 680 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 4 100th
Population Density # 50 93rd
Diversity Index # 8 99th
Median Household Income # 620 9th
Per Capita Income # 577 15th

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