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Mishawaka is a town in Indiana with a population of 48,926. Mishawaka is in St. Joseph County and is one of the best places to live in Indiana. Living in Mishawaka offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Mishawaka there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Mishawaka and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Mishawaka are highly rated.
About Mishawaka...
Population
48,926

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$98,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$750
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Mishawaka Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    95.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    30.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    97.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    502.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    4,120.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    496.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Mishawaka

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,914
National
$55,322
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Although Mishawaka is a small town in northern Indiana, it has its own unique charm that many people, including myself, appreciate. It is a relatively safe place to live because of its low crime rates, and it is not congested like most bigger cities. There are plenty of local shops, retail stores, and restaurants in downtown Mishawaka and along the outskirts of South Bend. Mishawaka neighbors the city of South Bend, the home of the prestigious University of Notre Dame, as well as Elkhart, the industrial hub. Because of the closely neighboring cities, there are many different job opportunities. Most importantly, Mishawaka is always trying to improve their city by building affordable (or even luxurious) housing conditions and organizing big, fun events for everyone to enjoy. Mishawaka is quite diverse for being so small.
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I love that Mishawaka is close to practically anything you could ever need. It is not too far from Chicago and Indianapolis. There are a ton of really great places to eat here! I wish there was more to do regarding fun activities! In Mishawaka, there is a great mall to shop at! Really though, my friends and I find it difficult to find something to do other than go to the movies or miniature golf. I love that Mishawaka is near South Bend, as that is where Notre Dame is and that attracts a lot of people to the area for football games and tailgating! There are also some great colleges in the area, like Bethel, IUSB, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross, in addition to Notre Dame of course.
Mishawaka has been an awesome place to call home! I was born and raised and I have had great opportunities in the community. As I have excelled academically and socially, it has prepared me college. As I have gone off to Indiana State University, In their Aviation Program, I have achieved a 4.0 GPA for this first semester. I have worked hard and I am loving the opportunities to work toward getting my pilot private license by the end of this springs semester. Every time I fly, I realize how fortunate I have been. Along with tuition, room and board, I also acquire flight fees for this program. This scholarship would be most helpful to assist me in reaching my goals! I would love to make Mishawaka when I graduate from the ISU Professional Pilot Program. Being a part of the Mishawaka Junior Mayoral Council and volunteered for our community, during High School helped mold me into who I am today. I look forward to giving back to the place I call home, Mishawaka!