South Bend (Indiana)

St. Joseph County


South Bend is a city with 101 168 inhabitants ( 2010 census ) in St. Joseph County in the U.S. state of Indiana. The city houses the district administration ( County Seat) St. Joseph County.


South Bend is located at 41 degrees 40 ' 21 " ( 41.672597 ) north latitude and 86 degrees 15' 19" ( 86.255157 ) west longitude.

The city has a total area of 101.3 km ², of which 1.1% are made up of water.

Population Development

¹ 1980 - 2010: census results


The population statistics, in 2000 a total of 107,789 inhabitants according to, 42 908 households, and 25,959 families. The population density is 1,076 inhabitants per km ².

57.60 % of the population are White, 24.61 % African American, 8.45% and 9.34% Hispanic or Latino of other or multiple ethnic origins. A large part of the population comes from ancestors from Germany and Poland, who immigrated end of the 19th century.

27.3 % of the population is under 18, 10.4% is 18-24 years old, 29.3% is 25-44 years old, 18.2% is 45-64 years old, and 14.8 % are 65 years and older. The average age of the population is 33 years.


South Bend was originally designed in 1831 as the seat of county government. At that time there were about 130 people in this area, especially fur traders, merchants and restaurateurs.

On 4 October 1851, the first steam locomotive South Bend and neighboring Mishawaka reached. In 1882, the South Bend Street Railway Company undertook the world's first attempt at an electric tram that the two neighboring cities of Mishawaka and South Bend association from autumn 1882.

These transportation links and industrial developments meant that the brothers Studebaker settled business in South Bend and later the Studebaker car companies founded here. Your influence on the history of South Bend was significant, so that the closure of businesses in 1963 led the city to serious economic difficulties.

A relatively large number of immigrants who have settled in the city between the First and the Second World War, came from the Croatian Minihof place in Austria, where the road " Sotbend " was named after South Bend.


South Bend is home to the University of Notre Dame and various other small colleges, as well as the Indiana University South Bend, a branch of Indiana University.


The South Bend Airport is approximately 5 kilometers from the city center. At the airport there is the terminus of the South Shore Line of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which ensures access to Chicago, but has no further stop in South Bend. The city has a work station, which is served by Amtrak trains Lake Shore Limited ( Chicago to New York and Boston ), and Capitol Limited ( Chicago to Washington, DC).

At the city over the highways extend Interstate 80 and Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 31

Sons and daughters of the town

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