As the fourth largest city in Indiana with more than 101,000 residents, South Bend is touted as one of the best college football towns in the country, according to both USA Today and Away.com. But more exists beyond the sidelines. The cultural landscape includes a museum of art, the Morris Performing Arts Center, a symphony, civic theater and the Studebaker National Museum, honoring the company that helped build South Bend.
South Bend is the county seat for St. Joseph County and the economic hub not only for the county but also for a nine-county, bi-state (Indiana and Michigan) region with nearly one million people. Locals refer to this region as Michiana.
In 2011, South Bend was named an All-America City by the National Civic League. Known as a civic Oscar, the All-America City designation is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious community award. Each year, a panel of national judges looks at cities that demonstrate innovation and showcase successful civic efforts.
While perhaps most famous as home to the University of Notre Dame, South Bend stands out in the area of post-secondary education, health care, data centers and logistics. Innovation Park at Notre Dame and Ignition Park are driving research and commercializing it to develop further opportunities for the community's economy. Innovation Park at Notre Dame builds commercialization bridges between the University and businesses at all stages of development. Ignition Park is South Bend's 140-acre technology park, sparking the creativity of researchers and engineers into the commercialization of new innovative products.
The strength of the University of Notre Dame can be felt in many facets of community growth and quality of life. South of campus is Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame, an urban-style community with a mixture of shopping, dining, living and entertainment. New housing developments, recreational facilities and entertainment venues are part of the landscape in and around the campus.
The south side of South Bend continues its retail growth with multiple shopping centers like Erskine Village and Erskine Commons, including retail giants like Walmart, Target, Lowe’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Downtown South Bend is home to the Morris Performing Arts Center, Studebaker National Museum, the Oliver Mansion, the historic district at West Washington and numerous other culturally significant spots like the Civil Rights Heritage Center. Downtown is pedestrian-friendly, and the trail along the East Race Waterway, a man-made kayaking course, is perfect for evening walks.
South Bend’s neighborhoods are as diverse as its people—Sunnymede, River Park, Coquillard Woods, Erskine Manor—just to name a few.
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Seven miles along the scenic St. Joseph River make up the heart of Mishawaka, the second largest community in St. Joseph County with more than 48,000 residents.
A truly impressive retail hub is located along Grape Road and Main Street in north Mishawaka. Hard-core shoppers love all of the options available in and around the University Park Mall. In addition to retail giants like Apple, Macy’s and JCP, you’ll find smaller chains and local boutiques. Along with the shopping, you’ll find just about any restaurant you like to dine in. In 2013, Whole Foods Market joined the retail landscape. This area ranks as the second busiest regional retail center in the State of Indiana.
Downtown Mishawaka is a family- and pedestrian-friendly area with shopping, restaurants and nightlife. Three miles of riverwalk, including beautiful parks, provide community and fellowship opportunities for residents, all in the heart of downtown.
AM General, Bayer, Daman Products, Siemens and Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center are top employers in Mishawaka, a great place to live, work and play.
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Granger is a non-incorporated Census Designated Place (CDP) with a population of just over 30,000. Located in the northeast part of St. Joseph County in Harris Township, Granger is fast becoming the new housing center of the county. Students from this area attend Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.
A small, quiet and friendly farming town, Lakeville is located in southern St. Joseph County. Lakeville is served by Union-North United School Corporation. The multi-use Newton Park sports facility and Hoosier Racing Tire highlight this charming community.
Nestled in the northwest corner of St. Joseph County is New Carlisle, with a population of nearly 1,900. The streets of this small town are lined with quaint shops and lovely old homes, many owned by families that have lived there for generations. New Carlisle is also home to industry, with the nearby high-tech I/N Tek I/N Kote steel manufacturing and coating facilities, which represent the largest Japanese/American joint venture in the United States. New Carlisle is served by the New Prairie School Corporation.
Home to one of Indiana’s most popular state parks, Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty is just 20 minutes away from downtown South Bend. Potato Creek encompasses six square miles of land and has a 327-acre lake. You can enjoy recreational activities at the park year-round. North Liberty is a quiet and charming small town.
While itself an unincorporated community located along the north side of South Bend, Notre Dame, Indiana is one of the more famous tracks of land in the country. The University of Notre Dame has rested there on 1,250 acres since 1842. Famous for its combination of athletic and academic achievements, the University of Notre Dame is home to more than 8,400 undergraduate students. With just more than 4,700 employees, it is the largest employer in St. Joseph County. Notre Dame is also home to Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College.
Located in the eastern part of St. Joseph County between the cities of Mishawaka and Elkhart on U.S. 33, is the town of Osceola, with a population of 2,461. Osceola students attend Penn-Harris-Madison schools. Citizens from all parts of the county enjoy visiting Ferrettie Baugo Creek County Park, one of the area’s most beautiful and widely used recreation sites.
This small town encompasses 4.5 square miles and is located on Business U.S. 31 North (IN 933). This busy commercial strip has become a haven for area travelers. Hotels, restaurants and medical offices help take care of the needs of the residents and visitors. Roseland students attend South Bend schools.
Offering opportunities for working and living in a gracious small town setting, Walkerton is uniquely located where four counties meet. The central position, and ready access to many cities around it, provides distinct industrial and commercial advantages in a pleasant rural setting.