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%

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%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

South Bend Reviews

157 reviews
All Categories
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.
Review South Bend
South Bend is an improving city that is building a robust technology presence, and simultaneously creating exciting employment opportunities for local residents. Mayor Pete Buttigieg has done an excellent job reviving the city. Still, South Bend lacks a sense of safety at times, especially at night - my home itself has been broken into multiple times. Downtown South Bend has a variety of options for nightlife and the arts, as well as a very impressive hospital, but there are still several vacancies and dilapidated buildings that detract from the visual effect. With that being said, the improvements in infrastructure have improved commute time, which used to be frustratingly slow. Finally, real estate valuations in several areas are extremely strong, and will likely only improve going forward due to the influx of new technology jobs likely to hit the area.
Born and raised here, moved back a few years ago. Community is pretty friendly, lots of things to do downtown with the city. Renovations and new construction makes for new opportunities coming!