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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 103,892 as of July 1, 2020. 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 41.6834 and longitude -86.25 in St. Joseph County. The formal boundaries for the City of South Bend 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.

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


South Bend, IN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 103,892 (100%)
Population in Households 101,106 (97.3%)
Population in Families 75,987 (73.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 2,786 ( 2.7%)
Population Density 2,476
Diversity Index2 71


Median Household Income $41,321
Average Household Income $57,167
% of Income for Mortgage4 9%
Per Capita Income $22,287
Wealth Index5 51


Total HU (Housing Units) 47,559 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 23,559 (49.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 17,114 (36.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 6,886 (14.5%)
Median Home Value $91,071
Average Home Value $122,583
Housing Affordability Index3 247


Total Households 40,673
Average Household Size 2.49
Family Households 23,649
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.26% 0.3%
Households 0.23% 0.29%
Families 0.06% 0.16%
Median Household Income   1.32%
Per Capita Income   1.72%
Owner Occupied HU   0.1%


South Bend, IN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares South Bend to the other 679 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Indiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 46 93rd
Median Household Income # 589 13th
Housing Affordability Index # 266 39th
Per Capita Income # 546 20th
Diversity Index # 8 99th

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