B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$80,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$710
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%

South Bend Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    556
    283
  • Murder
    14
    6
  • Rape
    87
    41
  • Robbery
    382
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,221
    500
  • Theft
    3,305
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    557
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$35,758
National
$55,322
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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South Bend has a mix of beautiful architecture throughout the city--Art Deco, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne style homes and many bungalow and Cape Cod style homes from the 1940s.

River Park is an up-and-coming, walkable neighborhood with houses for sale that can accommodate almost any budget or taste. The main street has a maker space, a non-profit coffee house, a zoo (!) a library, and several other shops and eateries, specialty food stores, plus a fantastic farmers' market just west on Mishawaka Avenue that has been running since the early 20th century.

You could do much worse than to live here. River Park is affordable, relaxed and friendly, but with so many family-friendly activities either within walking distance or a short, ten minute-drive.
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South Bend is now becoming very progressive. Our downtown and river front areas were desolate and depressing. Due to a great mayor and community support, my town is booming. New businesses and rental properties are springing up every where. The once crumbling streets have now been repaved and updated. I love my town again!
South Bend is a very ethnically diverse city there are people here representing nearly every country on earth. There are excellent public schools here as well as many wonderful private schools. In many areas of the city housing can be purchased at a rate that is cheaper than the national average. Rents here for homes and apartments is very competitive. The atmosphere here is progressive in many ways there is a very strong Catholic influence here, this is the home of Notre Dame. Many things like parks and museums for family activities and the South Shore runs to Chicago placing the many resources Chicago has available within the reach of most families.There are many improvements being made to the city infrastructure to improve commute time and generally make travel more convenient. There are many job openings in the area many of them offering competitive compensation.