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  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
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
    A-
South Bend is a city in Indiana with a population of 101,037. South Bend is in St. Joseph County. Living in South Bend offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In South Bend there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in South Bend and residents tend to lean liberal.
About South Bend...
Population
101,037

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%
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South Bend Rankings

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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
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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 a growing city. Throughout the years, there have been a few attempts to better it, and they somewhat work. The town has integrated lime-bikes, which are meant to help people in need of transportation. These are used for their purpose sometimes, but other times people take advantage of this offer. Also, the town is riddled with pot holes that can become pretty severe, despite a few efforts to correct them. Lastly, although this city is attempting to better itself, there is still a long way to go.
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!