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
$81,500
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$703
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%

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
    262
    273
  • Murder
    17
    6
  • Rape
    87
    41
  • Robbery
    346
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,412
    525
  • Theft
    3,568
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    363
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$34,523
National
$53,889
Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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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!
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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.
I have lived in this city my entire life and I must say some of my best days were spent downtown at the Gus Mackers, The Ethnic Festivals, Walking the east race or just enjoying seeing the sun hitting the Golden Dome on Notre Dames campus. I can't forget the Four H Fair and the south bend chocolate factory. YUM! Coming to south bend will give you an earnest feeling of being in a big city with a country atmosphere and setting. With that being said the city has suffered from careless acts of violence that has endangered as well as took the life of Innocent people. Don't get me wrong I know that violence is every where and all but here in this city where everybody should be grateful to feel the warmth and family like atmosphere that tries so hard to flow through good ole South Bend.