Similar, diverse and everything in-between, St. Joseph County, Indiana, and its communities have it all.
Activity and energy dot the city landscapes, while serenity and the quiet of rural living can be found in the county’s small towns. Cities like South Bend and Mishawaka give residents the taste of mid-size city living coupled with shopping, arts and culture, sports and recreation, not to mention the benefits of having five major universities at our doorstep.
Our cities, towns and neighborhoods reflect a convergence of tradition and transformation. You see, tradition runs deep here. After all, this is the only place the University of Notre Dame has ever called home. And, this is the place where industrial manufacturing was king. While we honor the traditions and history, we’re also a place on the move—where advanced manufacturing, logistics, health care and research are king.
Much of this transformation is due to our stellar colleges and universities and their partnerships with the public and private sectors. The county’s economic hub, South Bend, is among 10 worldwide cities “reinventing” itself through technology, according to the Smart-Connected Communities Institute.
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With South Bend as the cultural hub and economic center of a multi-county, bi-state region, St. Joseph County gives you comfortable, convenient living with easy access to regional opportunities. In fact, in less than an hour's drive you can find yourself at a beach along the sand dunes of Lake Michigan or in the other direction, enjoying quaint Amish Country. From tranquil country vistas to the excitement of vibrant and revitalized downtowns, St. Joseph County is a great place to live.
Here, you can actually live where you work, with average commute times of only 20 minutes. Our region offers many varied job opportunities for you and your family. You may also be surprised at the abundance of big city amenities in our area, but reassured to find that we still take the time to nod to our neighbors and welcome our newcomers.